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B.-Hardy Marie-Hélène

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Marie-Hélène B.-Hardy

PhD Students
Department of Anthropology


My PhD research investigates how migration patterns during the colonization of Canada affected the dispersal of smallpox, especially in contexts of contact between European colonists and First Nations. I use ancient DNA techniques at the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre to recover fragmented biomolecules from archaeological remains. Through my multidisciplinary approach combining biomolecular, paleopathological, and historical information, I work on questions like how populations reacted to paleo-epidemics, and how migration patterns and dynamics between First Nations and Europeans were influenced by the dispersal of this virus during Canada’s colonization. I hope to better understand population's response to epidemics and the disease’s role in influencing migration patterns and relationship between First Nations and Europeans.