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Personal Statement


Dr Pamela Asquith is a Professor of Anthropology, born in Montreal, Canada. She and her husband, Gary, moved to Gabriola Island, BC, in 2004. After completing a BA at York University, Toronto, in Anthropology and Psychology, she completed a DPhil at Oxford University in Biological Anthropology in 1981, followed by three years’ fieldwork in Japan. She has taught at Oxford Brookes University, UK, the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta and is currently an adjunct professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria and a Senior Associate with Linacre College, Oxford.

(‘TH’ Huxley 1996-2009)

While in Japan she was a Monbukagakushou scholar, a Japan Foundation Fellow, and visiting researcher at Kyoto University, and in Canada was an Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellow and a SSHRC Canada Research Fellow. She is a lifetime member of the International Primatological Society and serves on the Editorial Board of Taylor and Francis Publishers for a series on the anthropology of Japan.


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Prayer Flags, Bhutan

We have loved sharing life on the island with our beautiful airedale (Murasaki Shikibu, ‘Saki’ for short 2009-2019) who has followed a dearly missed giant schnauzer (‘TH’) Huxley 1996-2009). Since moving to Gabriola, Pamela has also indulged her passion for travel, including trips to Bhutan, India, Cuba, Uganda, Egypt, middle and south America, and along the Silk Road from Xinjiang Province in China through Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan.