MY CONSERVATION EDUCATION

  • Getty Graduate Intern in the Field Projects Department of the Getty Conservation Institute, 2008.
  • Master in Arts, Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials,
    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Getty, 2008.
  • Bachelors in Fine Arts, UCLA, 1995.
  • Chemistry and Archeology courses at UCLA, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles City College and University of California, Berkeley, 2003-2005.



Graduates of the Inaugural Class of the UCLA/Getty Masters Program in Conservation

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UCLA/Getty Master's program coursework

Subjects of courses at the UCLA/Getty Masters Program included conservation ethics, overview of archeological materials, deterioration and conservation of inorganic materials (ceramics, glass, metals and stone), deterioration and conservation of organic materials (wood, gourds, bone, ivory, paper, textiles, feathers, leather, plastics), methodologies of examination and analytical instrumentation, principles of documentation, science of conservation materials (adhesives, coatings, cleaning materials), deterioration and conservation of archeological sites, deterioration and conservation of wall paintings, environmental monitoring both in museums and archeological sites, management of museum collections, and analysis of pigments, grounds and binding media of the wall paintings in Bamiyan, Afghanistan (independent study). My Master’s thesis was on the deterioration and conservation of the Chinchorro mummies of Northern Chile. The thesis involved environmental monitoring of the Museo Arqueológico San Miguel de Azapa museum storerooms where the mummies are held and analysis of samples of the mummies’ deterioration products using FTIR spectroscopy, ion chromatography, mass spectrometry, SEM and humidity chambers (to determine the Equilibrium Moisture Content). Examinations were also made using UV, PLM and a multi-spectral imaging system. The thesis was completed in June, 2008.