This scholarship is open to any student working on zooarchaeological research who is also a member of the Alaska Anthropological Association.Awards are announced during the Alaska Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in the spring.
Christina Jensen was a graduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage who was an active volunteer for the Alaska Consortium of Zooarchaeologist. She passed away in the summer of 2005 and the ACZ created a scholarship in her memory. We welcome any donations to apply toward her scholarship fund. Each year's award amount is variable, based upon donations.
The 2019 application will be available in Winter 2018. JoinOur Email List and like us on Facebook to receive the official announcement.
Past recipients of the Christina Jensen Scholarship
Liz Ortiz  is a graduate student at UA Anchorage. She's examining settlement strategies and subsistence during the Thule culture period in Alaska.
Jason Miszaniec  is a PhD candidate at UC Davis. Jason is studying the past 2000 years of fisheries history in Norton Sound, Alaska.
Ayla Aymond  is a graduate student at Central Washington University. Her thesis research focuses on the Monashka Bay site, Kodiak, Alaska. Scholarship funds are assisting with radiocarbon dating of faunal materials.
Adam Freeburg  is a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington and is studying faunal remains from Cape Krusenstern National Monument. He’s examining collections from Ipiutak and Thule period occupations to explore the effect of sea ice variability on subsistence.
Molly Odell  is a University of Washington doctoral student who is conducting research on stable isotope remains of shellfish from Kodiak.
Rhea Hood  is a M.A. candidate at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is working with a faunal assemblage from Little Takli Island in Amalik Bay, Katmai National Park and Preserve. She is estimating the size of certain fish species in the assemblage to see if there are any significant changes over time.
Holly McKinney  is a doctoral student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is analyzing zooarchaeological remains from Mink Island in Amalik Bay, Katmai National Park & Preserve on the Alaska Peninsula. Her work includes isotopic analyses and the effects of taphonomic processes on fish remains.
Travis Shinabarger  is a graduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage studying a faunal assemblage from an archaeological site in Kotzebue, Alaska.
Kelly Eldridge  is a graduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kelly is working with the fauna from Zapadni, an early Russian period site on St. Paul Island in the Pribilof Islands, Alaska. She will be determining meat weights using modern fur seals, and will be comparing the fur seal remains from the site to modern specimens to determine if weight differences may be related to climate changes at the end of the Little Ice Age.
Cody Strathe  is a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Cody is working with the fauna from Mink Island, Alaska. Mink Island is the oldest dated site in the Amalik Bay National Historic Landmark in Katmai National Park and Preserve. Specifically, Cody is analyzing harbor seal bones for stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes in order to develop a proxy of marine ecosystem productivity during past millennia.
Ross Smith  received his M.A. from Portland State University. He examined the effect of fish bone density on the representation of fish taxa and fish element representation in archaeological sites from the North Pacific coast. Ross used Dual-Energy X-ray Absorpitometry (DEXA) to measure bone density from Pacific cod, halibut, and salmon elements.