EDUCATION

M.A. in Anthropology, Public Archaeology (2018), California State University, Northridge, California
Thesis title: Trade, Technology, Subsistence, and Mobility Patterns at Sjútkanga, the Encino Village Site, California 

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

NEPA Essentials Workshop, Association of Environmental Professionals (2017)

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.

CRM  EXPERIENCE

Staff Archaeologist, SWCA Environmental Consultants in Pasadena, CA March 2018 to present
Survey, excavation, and monitoring in California. Field recordation and office preparation of Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) 523 series forms. CHRIS records searches. Archaeological, historical, architectural research and report writing. Lab sorting and cataloguing. Quality assurance and quality control of GIS, Excel, and other field data.

Volunteer Lab Technician (previously an intern), Los Encinos State Historic Park Laboratory in Encino, CA January 2015 to March 2018, California Department of Parks and Recreation
Sorted and cataloged diverse cultural materials from the Encino Village Site, including ceramics, shell, lithics, 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.

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.

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

ARCHAEOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

2018 Graduated with Distinction, Master’s Degree in Anthropology from California State University, Northridge

2018 Antonio Gilman Scholarship in Recognition of an Outstanding Student in Archaeology, California State University, Northridge

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

RELEVANT COURSEWORK

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

PUBLIC OUTREACH

Flintknapping Demonstrations

  • Professional Lithics Workshop for Cultural Monitors, December 17, 2017
  • Boy Scout Troop 740, College Park, Maryland, March 29, 2017
  • Family Lithics Workshop, March 25, 2017
  • Anthropology Club of Santa Monica College, California, March 7, 2017 
  • Family Lithics Workshop, July 17, 2016

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

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