Graduate Students

UCLA/Getty Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials MA

Class of 2020

Austin Anderson received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of San Diego in 2015. Before graduating he volunteered at the archaeological excavation of Bethsaida in Northern Israel, where he was first introduced to some of the conservation practices involved in an excavation.

Class of 2022

Céline Wachsmuth earned a BA in Classical archaeology with minors in ancient Greek and studio art from DePauw University in 2016. Her interest in the material culture of ancient civilizations led her to seek a brief volunteer position with a conservator at the Athenian Agora in 2014.

Class of 2020

Elena Bowen graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in studio art in 2013. Looking for a field that combined hands-on work, chemistry, and problem solving, she discovered conservation and was immediately intrigued.

Class of 2020

Emily Rezes received her B.A. in Archaeology and Art History from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. As an undergraduate student, her coursework through the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum introduced her to archaeological material properties and various forms of technical analysis.

Class of 2022

Isabel Schneider graduated with a BFA in studio art and a minor in film studies from the University of Georgia in 2012. She then moved to New York for two years, where she curated art exhibits, served as the assistant director of an art gallery and helped launch an arts-focused non-profit.

Class of 2022

Jennifer McGough earned her BA in archaeology, with minors in anthropology and the history of art, from Cornell University in 2014. In 2015, she pursued and obtained her MSt in archaeology, with a concentration on environmental archaeology, at the University of Oxford.

Class of 2020

Kasey Hamilton graduated from Tulane University in 2013 with a B.S. in chemistry and a minor in art history. As an undergraduate student she performed research in archaeological chemistry and conservation science, at Tulane and the Department of Scientific Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively.

Class of 2022

 

Lauren Conway received her BA in anthropology on the archaeology track from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2018. She became interested in conservation as an undergraduate while excavating at Hadrian’s Villa, a large Roman archaeological complex near Tivoli, Italy. Lauren later participated in a Balkan Heritage Foundation workshop on the conservation of Greek and Roman pottery and Roman glass, reconstructing vessels from archaeological sites.

Class of 2020

Megan Salas is originally from Los Angeles. She received her B.A. (magna cum laude) from Yale University in 2013 with a double major in History of Art and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

Class of 2020

Skyler Jenkins is originally from the Washington, D.C. area and received a B.A. in Art History from Arizona State University in 2010. Her first experience with conservation was at the Arizona State Museum (ASM).

Class of 2022

Tamara Dissi obtained a BA in art history from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. Her participation in the conservation of the Temple of Winged Lions in Petra, Jordan in 2015 solidified her intention to pursue archaeological conservation.

UCLA Conservation of Material Culture PhD

 Christian de Brer has an MA from the UCLA/Getty Interdepartmental Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials, where he concentrated his efforts on the long-term preservation of organic materials in regional museum collections. Since 2011 he has overseen all conservation-related activities at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.

Elizabeth Salmon was born and raised in San Diego, California. She earned her BA in 2014 from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, where she studied anthropology and Asian studies. She was subsequently named a Critical Language Scholar by the U. S. Department of State, which allowed her to study Hindi in Jaipur, Rajasthan (India). 

Jaime Fidel Ruiz-Robles earned his BS in physics from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in 2016. After his graduation he published his research on the synthesis of novel mesoscopic hollow gold particles and their optical properties.

Moupi Mukhopadhyay is from India. Upon obtaining a BE in Mechanical Engineering from M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, she proceeded to earn an MS in Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA. During this time, she joined the Archaeomaterials group and developed an interest in the analytical methods used in the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic materials.