Joyce Yates is a Senior Research Associate with Group ATN and a seasoned researcher, writer and editor specializing in the cultural/historic, tourism and eco-tourism sectors. She has extensive experience in site interpretation research, writing and graphics selection and sourcing. Joyce has acted as curator for both material culture and archival-based collections and is a member of museum associations in Atlantic Canada.
Joyce is versed in the history of the fisheries in Atlantic Canada; the legacy of polar exploration along coastal Labrador; Atlantic Canadian folklore and agrarian history, archaeology and architectural history, as well as the history of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Having researched and written exhibit panels for the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia, Joyce has also produced interpretive text on the seasonal round of fishing and harvesting activities conducted amongst aboriginal people and early settlers in both the Maritimes and in Newfoundland and Labrador. Another of Joyce’s recent initiatives was to produce exhibit content on species of flora and fauna in northern Labrador.
In addition to researching and writing corporate and/or site histories, Joyce has conducted research and contributed to the writing of reports in a variety of non-cultural sectors including: Forestry, Engineering, Geology, Biology and Natural History. As a content and copy editor, Joyce has provided services to all levels of government, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), the Royal Society Expert Panel on Climate Change and a myriad of corporate and NGO clients across Canada.
Joyce has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy and a Master of Arts (Philosophy) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has a Master of Science in Archaeology and Architectural History (Cultural Resource Management) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.