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Arts alumni are an accomplished crew. They have great advice for students and fellow graduates, and know that arts degrees teach skills that are sought-after in the professional environment. 

Aaron Osicki BSc'00, BA'00, MGIS'03, PhD'12 (Archaeology)

Aaron Osicki BSc'00, BA'00, MGIS'03, PhD'12 (Archaeology)


Aaron Osicki is a terrestrial archaeologist with Parks Canada, involved in the management and protection archaeological and cultural resources within Parks Canada’s National Parks and protected areas. He is a Ph.D. graduate from the University of Calgary, Department of Archaeology, where his research focus was on mobility and land use analysis of pre-contact peoples in Jasper National Park and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Osicki has over 15 years of professional consulting experience in the private sector, and has had a leading role in a diverse assortment of archaeological related research, survey, excavation, assessment, mitigation and monitoring projects. He has conducted extensive archaeological field work in the Rocky Mountain national parks, and has been involved in archaeological assessment projects in Alberta, British Columbia (BC), and the Yukon.

While at university completing His doctoral program, Osicki was also employed with TERA Environmental Consultants and CH2M Energy Canada, Ltd. as a lead archaeologist/project manager, archaeologist, and facilitator for Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Traditional Land Use (TLU) studies. He has also volunteered in academic projects, including a collaborative pilot study between the University of Calgary and La Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in the development of a multi-disciplinary field school site in the Amazon Basin of Colombia, and the mapping and development of a primatology field school site on the banks of the Monkey River in Belize. Over the past 17 years, Dr. Osicki has also volunteered as a guest lecturer at various elementary schools within Calgary.