M.A. in Anthropology, Public Archaeology (2018), California State University, Northridge, California
Thesis title (lithic analysis): Trade, Technology, Subsistence, and
Mobility Patterns at Sjútkanga, the Encino Village Site, California
B.S. in Advertising Design (1992), University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland
CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
2021 California BLM, Field Director (Cultural Resource Use Permit CA-21-18, Far Western,
2020 2-Day Off-Road Driving Clinic, Badlands Off Road Adventures (Material Culture Consulting)
2020 Field Supervisory Safety Training (SWCA Environmental Consultants, Inc.)
2017 NEPA Essentials Workshop (Association of Environmental Professionals)
2015 Cooper’s Ferry Field School in Cottonwood, Idaho (Oregon State University, Corvallis)
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.
SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS, AND HONORS
2018 Graduated with Distinction in May 2018
2018 Antonio Gilman Scholarship in Recognition of an Outstanding Student in Archaeology,
Department of Anthropology, California State University, Northridge
2016 Certificate of Achievement, Excellence in Scholarship and Service, Department of
Anthropology, California State University, Northridge
Archaeologist | Tetra Tech | JAN 2022 to Present
(Dixie Fire footprint near Redding, CA) Develop mitigation plans for archaeological resources on commercial and residential properties within 2021 Northern California Dixie Fire footprint, inform debris and tree removal crews of mitigation plan, and monitor operations to ensure compliance or report non-compliance. Coordinate with Tribal Monitors regarding pre-contact cultural material within property boundaries. Survey properties in advance of remediation activities. Record survey and monitoring logs and provenience of cultural material with Samsung tablet. Project: CalRecycle Dixie Fire Mitigation, CA.
Assistant Project Director | Statistical Research, Inc. | FEB–NOV 2021
(Edwards Air Force Base, Lancaster, CA) Supervised a 6 to 11-person field crew on 6,000-acre solar power installation project within the Bissell Basin Archaeological District at Edwards Air Force Base. Collaborated with biologists and Native American monitors to ensure clearance of project areas ahead of mechanical and manual excavation. Directed construction and archaeology crews during excavation of trenches in 10 cm levels by mechanical means and manual excavation of blocks, units, and features. Conducted shovel test pit excavation and survey during Phase 2 of the project. Recorded provenience of cultural material and excavation activities with Trimble T-150. Project: Edwards Solar Project, Edwards Air Force Base, CA.
Archaeological Crew Lead | Material Culture Consulting | OCT–DEC 2020
(Bishop and Kernville areas, CA) Conducted pedestrian survey and site recordation around Southern California Edison (SCE) utility lines and structures using submeter-accurate GPS device and paper forms. Projects: various SCE pole projects.
Archaeological Monitor | Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Inc. | AUG–SEP 2020
(Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA)Monitored trench and manual excavation, as well as vegetation grubbing, for a water pipeline to a well and reported results. Project: Well 41611 Archaeological Monitoring, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA.
Staff Archaeologist | SWCA Environmental Consultants | MAR 2018–JUN 2020
(Pasadena, downtown Los Angeles, elsewhere in central and southern California) Performed survey, excavation, recordation (on Trimble or tablet synced with GPS device), and/or monitoring of prehistoric and historic sites. Wrote content for technical reports, including tribal and cultural resource assessments, work plans, and HRAs. Completed Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) 523 series forms. Conducted archaeological, ethnographic, and historical research; and performed CHRIS records searches. Conducted historical, archival, and building permit research and wrote narratives for Historical Resource Assessment reports. Quality assurance/quality control of field and GIS data. Created style guide for DPR form completion with how-to instructions for validating project information/categorization. Projects: various, for Southern California Edison and other clients.
Archaeological Lab Technician (Intern, Volunteer) | California Department of Parks and Recreation | JAN 2015–MAR 2018
(Los Encinos State Historic Park Laboratory in Encino, CA) Sorted and cataloged artifacts from multi-component site excavated in the mid-1980s (600+ volunteer hours). Prehistoric cultural material represents over 2,000 years of site use as a temporary camp or village (ceramics, shell beads, lithics, and other Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians cultural heritage). Other artifacts are from post-contact, overland travel along El Camino Real and residential or commercial, pastoral Rancho activities. Project: Orphaned Collection from the Los Encinos Village Site (Sjútkanga).
Archaeological Field Technician | Cogstone Resource Management, Inc. | MAY 2017 and AUG–SEP 2016
(Victorville and Hollywood, CA) Monitored construction activities in urban environment for new housing project in Hollywood, CA. Controlled manual excavation of late Millingstone Horizon, thermal features for a data recovery project within the Crowder Canyon Archaeological District, in conjunction with Applied Earthworks, Inc. Projects: Rescore Hollywood Monitoring and Data Recovery at Crowder Canyon (CA-LAN-713 and -3773).
Archaeological Field Technician | Statistical Research, Inc. | OCT–NOV 2013
(Playa Vista, CA) Wet screened cultural material for data recovery project in Playa Vista. Project: Data Recovery at CA-LAN-2768/H Locus A, Located on Lots 18–20 of Tract 49104-04.
Archaeological Field Technician | Statistical Research, Inc. | JUL–SEP 2013
(Lancaster, CA) Conducted archaeological monitoring at the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch and illustrated artifacts. Project: Archaeological Monitoring for the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One in Los Angeles County, CA.
Archaeological Illustrator | Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) at Colorado State University | JUN–OCT of 2005–2008
(Remote work from Los Angeles, CA) Illustrated artifacts, stratigraphic profiles, and site maps; retouched artifact photos; and created photographic artifact turn-arounds for reports. Designed conference posters. Project: Archaeological Survey, Evaluation, and Mitigation: Donnelly Training Area, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Archaeological Field Technician | Kautz Environmental Consultants, Inc. | OCT–NOV 2003
(Reno and Berlin areas, NV) Surveyed, excavated, and recorded prehistoric cultural material at site of a new housing project. Surveyed utility line prior to installation of communications services.
Archaeological Field Technician | Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) at Colorado State University | MAY-SEPT 2003 and MAY–SEP 2002
(Delta Junction, AK) Completed Phase I survey (up to 10 km per day over steep alpine and wet riverine/lacustrine terrain) and shovel testing at the Donnelly Training Area and U.S. Army Garrison, Ft. Greely. Navigated terrain and recorded site locations using GPS unit. Catalogued artifacts and illustrated report-ready maps from field sketch maps. Organized digital files, developed resource recordation forms, and proofread reports. Followed safety procedures for terrain, animal, insect, and military presence including UXO, bear, and ATV training, as well as daily communication with Range Control to avoid live-fire scenarios. Project: Archaeological Survey, Evaluation, and Mitigation: Donnelly Training Area, Fort Wainwright, Alaska in Delta Junction, Alaska.
Archaeological Field Technician | Ancient Enterprises | OCT–DEC 2002 and FEB 2001–APR 2002
(Edwards Air Force Base, Lancaster, CA) Surveyed (up to 7 km per day) land within boundary of Edwards Air Force Base, in both restricted and non-restricted areas. Excavated units, inventoried artifacts, mapped features, and completed surface unit inventories. Sorted and catalogued artifacts in the lab. Illustrated artifacts, site and feature maps, and density plots. Ensured personal and coworker safety within the Precision Impact Range Area through an awareness of base procedures and dangers, both military and environmental. Projects: Archaeological Survey and Mitigation of Military Lands at Edwards Air Force Base.
LEADERSHIP AND OTHER EXPERIENCE
Over 20 years experience in the graphic design industry, in both leadership (teams of up to 12 people) and self-reliant roles (solo entrepreneur). Award-winning art direction of interactive media and creation of print materials. Experience in project management, user experience, writing, editing, photography, illustration, and proofreading.
- Society for American Archaeology
(Student Member of the Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology, 2014–2017)
- Society for California Archaeology
- Ventura County Archaeological Society
California State University, Northridge: California Archaeology, Lithics Analysis, Geographic Information Systems (Intermediate, some Advanced), Artifact Analysis, Practicum in Cultural Resource Management, Quantitative Statistical Methods in Anthropology
California State University, Long Beach: Foundations of Anthropology, Archaeological Artifacts Analysis, Geology, Geographic Information Systems (Beginning)
UCLA Extension: Lithics Lab Analysis, Southwest Archaeology, Archaeological Illustration, Human Osteology Lab, Ceramics Lab, Archaeology of North America
Professional Lithics Education Workshop for Tribal Cultural Monitors, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (San Fernando, CA) — December 2017
- Anthropology Club of Santa Monica College (Santa Monica, CA) — November 2019
- Youth Membership of Boy Scout Troop 740 (College Park, MD) — March 2017
- Family Lithics Workshop and Demonstration for the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (San Fernando, CA) — March 2017
- Anthropology Club of Santa Monica College (Santa Monica, CA) — March 2017
- Family Lithics Workshop and Demonstration for the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (San Fernando, CA) —July 2016
ArcGIS (intermediate to advanced level); Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign; Scanners; Trimble GPS Unit and tablets.