My name is Rebecca Seifried, and I completed a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I use GIS in my own research on Ottoman-period settlement networks in Greece, but my skills were honed by serving as a GIS specialist on the Körös Regional Archaeological Project in Hungary and the Diros Project in Greece. I’m now working as a Heritage Analyst for the CAMEL lab at the University of Chicago, using GIS to chart archaeological sites in Afghanistan.
By the way, I am running Esri’s ArcGIS on a Mac. Yep, I do that! I have experienced very few problems overall (although upgrading my RAM has helped enormously). I’m all for open-source software, but for graduate students who have access to university licenses, Arc is one of the most attractive options out there. If you have any particularly strong feelings on the issue, do share.
For more information about me, feel free to check out my Academia profile!