30 Under 30: Stephanie Halmhofer

Stephanie Halmhofer is an osteoarchaeologist: ‘Think of Bones and Indiana Jones hooking up.’  -
Stephanie Halmhofer is an osteoarchaeologist: ‘Think of Bones and Indiana Jones hooking up.’
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Age: 26

High school: R.A. McMath

Stephanie Halmhofer had dreamed of being a police officer, drawn by the prospect of driving a cruiser, and ultimately becoming a crime-solving detective.

She then briefly considered becoming a paramedic, but she thought broken bones were gross.

But it was while studying criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Richmond campus that her interest turned to forensic anthropology and archaeology, which she loved equally.

If only she could combine the two, she thought.

She learned that was indeed possible after researching the Franklin Expedition, about an ill-fated 1845 expedition led by Sir John Franklin from England, who was on a mission to find the Northwest Passage through the Arctic.

As an osteoarchaeologist, her job is to study human remains from digs, whether at an archaeological site or a construction site.

She is currently working on a bridge construction site in Edmonton, where she’s putting her love for sleuthing to work.

In a nutshell, she describes herself this way: “Think of Bones and Indiana Jones hooking up.”

Inspiration? “Anything can inspire me. People, places, events, even objects. I’m the type of person who looks for the good in any situation, so I tend to find inspiration everywhere. Even where I least expect it.”

Most proud of? “I take pride in everything, big or small. I’m proud of how far I’ve come and how much I’ve accomplished. But I am also proud when I make it through a meal without spilling anything. Sometimes it’s the little things that count.”

Advice? “Where there is a will there is a way. Whatever you’re passionate about, don’t give up on it! There may be struggles, there will be disappointment, but if you really love what you’re doing then you’ll find a way to make it work. Rome wasn’t built in a day, after all.”

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