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Our Team


Dr. Maria Cioppa - University of Windsor: Department of Earth and Environmental Science 

Dr Cioppa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Windsor, and is also currently the Acting Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs in the Faculty of Science. While her primary area of research has focussed on the past history of the Earth's magnetic field (aka paleomagnetism), she also loves to find ways that she can apply her knowledge and instruments to investigate problems and questions people pose to her. The WEDigHistory project rose out of one such question - "Can you help us find out anything about the history of Assumption Church?" This led to talking to historians, archaeologists, librarians, community members and eventually to right here and now, celebrating Canada150 and Windsor Essex!

Dr. Guillaume Teasdale - University of Windsor: Department of History 

Dr. Guillaume Teasdale is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Detroit River Border Region Digital History Project at the University of Windsor. He is also an Affiliated Scholar at McMaster University Wilson Institute for Canadian History. He is the author of Fruits of Perseverance: The French Presence in the Detroit River Region, 1701-1815(McGill-Queen's University Press, forthcoming). 


Colleagues and Representatives of Organizations 

Amanda Black - Ontario Archaeological Society 

Dena Doroszenko - Ontario Heritage Trust

Dean Jacobs - Walpole Island First Nations

Heidi Jacobs - University of Windsor: Leddy Library 

Dave Johnston - University of Windsor: Leddy Library 

Russell Nahdee - University of Windsor: Aboriginal Education Centre 


Russell Nahdee is from the Walpole Island First Nation and currently lives in the City of Windsor where he is Coordinator of the Aboriginal Education Centre-Turtle Island - University of Windsor. He works in the field of Aboriginal education for over 15 years and is involved with several Aboriginal research projects, community boards, and planning committees. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Windsor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology. Research activities include partnerships with Principal Researchers on research projects focusing on collaboration with First Nations communities including the need to provide the transfer of skills and intellectual development to members of the First Nations communities and the sharing of information and research data with the First Nation.




Research Assistants

Grace Dycha 

Jason Lavin 

Joelle Pecz