Here at Lane I work as a reference librarian. My subject specialties are the social sciences, applied design, mass media, photography, and computer information technology. I act as the academic liaison to faculty in these areas, which means I help them use the library's resources, and build the new book and dvd collections for those subjects. I'm also a resource for copyright and MLA citation issues on our campus, and I populate our research guides.
My publication catalog is on Academia, WorldCat, and Google Scholar. My work focuses on Joss Whedon, the celebrated comic book author, screenwriter, producer, composer, and director. My Whedon book is The Buffyverse Catalog from McFarland (winner of the Mr. Pointy Award for the Best Academic Book in Whedon Studies), and I recently completed the definitive critical bibliography on Whedon's work for Oxford University Press.
Coming from New Zealand, I'm interested in how prehistoric humans settled the planet's more isolated islands, especially the "mystery islands" of East Polynesia and South Polynesia, as well as the prehistoric settlers of Great Nicobar (Indian Ocean) and Isla de los Estados (Patagonia). I have also contributed to the history of Western Perthshire (Scotland), where my ancestors settled in the Dark Ages.
My other interests include American Indians: the mysterious Haush Indians of Tierra del Fuego, as well as Oregon's Chinookan, Siuslawan, Kalapuyan, and Athapaskan peoples. I also maintain a popular resource on the Indian Languages of Western Oregon. Occasionally, I consult on the rare Northwest Coast ceremonial artifacts known as Coppers. My latest publication about Coppers is The Purchase of the Nahuhulk, a "secret history" from the Tsimshian people, first recorded in 1916.