Above: two species of flatfish/flounder (modern)

From 2007
Dogs That Changed the World, the PBS documentary on dog evolution and breed development that Susan participated in filming the summer of 2006 aired as a two-part Nature special in North America. It still appears as reruns.
Part I ("The Rise of the Dog")
Part II ("Dogs by Design")

Interviews with Susan are in both parts

Susan Crockford obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of B.C. in 1976 and a Doctorate from the University of Victoria in 2004. She has devoted most of her professional career to the improvement and use of the comparative collections at the Royal B.C. Museum (5 years) and the University of Victoria (30 years). Susan has undertaken the analysis of complex assemblages from both biological and archaeological contexts and her experience with the identification of all fauna of western North America is exceptional. In 1990, she initiated an osteometric analysis of indigenous dogs of the central NW coast, a project that expanded to include genetic analysis of DNA extracted from bone as well as research on domestication and evolutionary theory. The topic of her recent dissertation (the role of thyroid hormones in vertebrate domestication and speciation) is a subject she continues to pursue. Her research interests are broad and she is able to provide both technical and intellectual support for a wide variety of client projects. She currently works full time for Pacific ID and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Departments of Anthropology and Graduate Studies at the University of Victoria.

Rebecca Wigen obtained a Master's degree in Anthropology with a specialty in Archaeology from the University of Victoria. Since 1976 she has been a faunal analyst on many archaeological projects, including the Hoko River excavation. In 1983, she established the comparative skeletal collection at the University of Victoria. Since then, she has been instrumental in broadening the use of the collection to include dietary analysis for biologists. Currently she is laboratory instructor for Archaeology and Physical Anthropology, University of Victoria in addition to her work at Pacific ID.

Gay Frederick holds a Doctorate in Anthropology with a specialty in archaeology from the University of B.C. During more than thirty-five years of experience in Zooarchaeology in northwestern North America, Dr. Frederick has been a faunal consultant for many research projects, and field director and faunal analyst for the excavations at the St. Mungo Cannery Site (1968-1969) and at Hesquiat (1973-1980). As Curator of Bioarchaeology (1973-1980) at the Royal B.C. Museum, she founded the museum's Zooarchaeological Collection and devised the system of organization by bone element. Since 1980, she has been an inter-sessional instructor at the University of Victoria, added a freshwater fish skeletal collection to the University's collection, supervised the analysis of faunal material from several excavated sites, and worked at the Royal B.C. Museum (Manager/Human History, 1989-1994). In 1994, she began a full-time teaching position at Malaspina University College, Nanaimo, now Vancouver Island University. In September 2012, Gay will begin her retirement wind-up, moving from teaching Anthropology and Archaeology at VIU to half-time while ramping up her work for Pacific ID to half-time (from summers only). By August 2013, Gay will be working full-time at Pacific ID.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
6011 Oldfield Rd., R.R. 3, 
Victoria B.C. Canada V9E 2J4

Lab Location:  Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria, Cornett Bldg., Rm. B222 (P.O. Box 3050, Victoria B.C. V8X 3P5)

Susan Crockford: lab phone  (250) 721-7296   fax (250) 721-6215 
email: or 

Becky Wigen:  office phone (250) 721-7053    fax (250) 721-6215 

Gay Frederick:
  office phone (250) 753-3245 (ext.2423)
fax (250) 741-2676     email:

Susan Crockford

Rebecca Wigen

Gay Frederick

Top: Susan Crockford
Middle: Rebecca Wigen
Bottom: Gay Frederick