EDUCATION

Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Archaeology at California State University, Northridge
Thesis working title: Trade and Technology Patterns of Sjútkanga, the Encino Village Site, California
(expected graduation date in May 2018)

B.S. in Graphic Design (1992), University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland

Cooper’s Ferry Field School (Summer 2015), Cottonwood, Idaho
Detailed trowel excavation of one of the oldest sites in the American West. Recorded artifact locations using the Total Station and entered information into the cataloging database on site. Resided at a BLM campsite for duration of the field school season.

 

LEADERSHIP AND OTHER EXPERIENCE

Over 20 years experience in the graphic design industry, in both leadership and self-reliant roles. Award-winning art direction of interactive media and creation of print materials. Experience in project management, user experience, writing, editing, photography, illustration and proofreading.

 

CRM  EXPERIENCE

Volunteer Lab Technician, Los Encinos State Historic Park Laboratory in Encino, CA January 2015
to present,
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Sorting, cataloging and digitization of diverse cultural materials from the Encino Village Site, including ceramics, shell, lithics, faunal and more. Includes Fernandeño Tataviam cultural heritage from at least the last 2,000 years. Over 600 hours of lab time.

Archaeological Field Technician, Data Recovery at Crowder Canyon (CA-SBR-713) in Victorville, CA  late August to mid-September, 2016, Cogstone Resource Management, Inc. (in conjunction with Applied Earthworks, Inc.)
Controlled manual excavation of a late Millingstone Horizon archaeological site with thermal features. Separation of screened lithics, bone, seeds, and carbon and careful documentation of arbitrary excavation levels, features and photos.

Archaeological Field Technician, Data Recovery at CA-LAN-2768/H Locus A, Located on Lots 18–20 of Tract 49104-04 in Playa Vista, CA  late October to early November, 2013, Statistical Research, Inc.
Wet screening for data recovery project in Playa Vista.

Archaeological Field Technician, Archaeological Monitoring for the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One Project in Los Angeles County, CA  July through early September 2013, Statistical Research, Inc.
Archaeological monitoring with Native American partners at the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch in Lancaster, CA during final construction phases. Field illustration of artifacts.

Archaeological Illustrator and Graphic Designer, Archaeological Survey and Mitigation of Donnelly Training Area, Alaska in Los Angeles, CA  June – October 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML at Colorado State University)
Assisted in report preparation by illustrating artifacts, cleaning up artifact photos and creating artifact turn-arounds, soil profiles, posters, and site maps for publishing.

Archaeological Field Technician, Reno, NV  October and November 2003, Kautz Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Phase I survey and Phase II testing and recordation for telephone line installation and new housing project mitigation.

Archaeological Field Technician, Archaeological Survey and Mitigation of Donnelly Training Area, Alaska in Delta Junction, Alaska  May–September 2002 and May–September 2003, Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML at Colorado State University)
Phase I survey (up to 10 km per day) and shovel testing at the Ft. Greely Military Installation over rough terrain. Used GPS unit for navigation and site documentation. Recorded detailed site descriptions and completed sketch maps. Organized computer files, developed form templates, illustrated clean maps for reports, catalogued artifacts, and proofread documents. Followed safety procedures relevant to terrain, animal and military presence.

Archaeological Field Technician, Archaeological Survey and Mitigation of Military Lands at Edwards Air Force Base outside of Lancaster, CA  February 2001–April 2002, October –December 2002, Ancient Enterprises
Survey (up to 7 km per day) and phase II testing and recordation of desert sites at Edwards Air Force Base in restricted and non-restricted areas. Excavated and documented units, inventoried artifacts, mapped features and completed surface unit inventories. Laboratory work included artifact illustration, identification, and cataloging. Illustrated site and feature maps for report preparation. Ensured personal safety within the Precision Impact Range Area through an awareness of base procedures and potential dangers, both military and environmental.

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Society for California Archaeology, Society for American Archaeology (Student Member of the Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology, 2014–2017), Ventura County Archaeological Society

 

AWARDS IN ARCHAEOLOGY

2016 Certificate of Achievement, Excellence in Scholarship and Service, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Northridge

 

AWARDS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN

Clio
@d:Tech
The One Show Interactive
CINDY Gold Regional
CINDY Silver Regional
Gold Summit Awards (2)
Interactive Media Awards, Outstanding Achievement

 

RELEVANT COURSEWORK

UCLA Extension: Lithics Lab Analysis, Southwest Archaeology, Archaeological Illustration, Human Osteology Lab, Ceramics Lab, Archaeology of North America

California State University, Long Beach: Foundations of Anthropology, Archaeological Artifacts Analysis, Geology, Geographic Information Systems (Beginning)

California State University, Northridge: California Archaeology, Lithics Analysis, Geographic Information Systems (Intermediate), Artifact Analysis, Practicum in Cultural Resource Management, Quantitative Statistical Methods in Anthropology

 

PRESENTATIONS

2017 “To be a Scholar is to be Relevant: Sharing Knowledge with the Public” with Elisabeth Rareshide. Paper presented at the first annual Association for Student Anthropologists Conference at California State University, Los Angeles, CA

2017 “Lithics of the Lost Village: Patterns of Trade and Technology at Siutcanga, the Encino Village Site.” Paper presented at the Annual AnthroExpo at California State University, Northridge, CA

2014 “Morphometric Evaluation of Rapa Nui Mata’a” with Dr. Carl Lipo and Rene Horneman. Poster session at the 79th Society of American Anthropologists Annual Conference in Austin, TX

 

MONOGRAPHS

2008 Aaron C. Robertson, Julie Esdale, Molly Proue, Scott Shirar, C. Kanani Paraso, and Christopher Ciancibelli. Joanne Minerbi (Illustrator). Annual Report. Archaeological Survey and Mitigation: Donnelly Training Area, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, 2007

2004 Aaron Robertson, Nancy Fichter and Kirsten Anderson. Joanne Minerbi (Illustrator).
Annual Report. Archaeological Survey and Evaluation: Fort Richardson and Fort Wainright, Alaska, 2003

 

PUBLIC OUTREACH

Flintknapping Demonstrations

  • Boy Scout Troop 740, College Park, Maryland, March 29, 2017
  • Anthropology Club of Santa Monica College, California, March 7, 2017 

Basics of cultural lithic identification and properties presented to a student audience. Presentation included demonstration of percussion and pressure techniques, and a chance for students to get hands-on experience with materials and tools.

Lithics Education Workshop

  • Fernandeño Tataviam tribe of Southern California, March 25, 2017
  • Fernandeño Tataviam tribe of Southern California, July 17, 2016

PowerPoint slides informed the tribe’s family members about how to recognize cultural lithics and what we can learn from them. The program included show-and-tell stations of lithic materials and artifacts and a flintknapping demonstration by Matthew R.E. Des Lauriers. Participants were encouraged to try percussion and pressure flaking for themselves.

 

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

ArcGIS (intermediate level); Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign; Scanners; Handheld GPS Unit.