Consultant Profiles

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Kelly R. Bush, MA

Principal Investigator
ERCI's President, Kelly Bush brings 29 years of relevant archaeological experience to this team. Ms. Bush designs archaeological investigations for all sizes of projects, and serves as Principal Investigator, facilitating all aspects of archaeological investigations including initial site visits, project design, tribal consultation, evaluation of properties, management recommendations, and reporting. Ms. Bush has successfully provided coordination for Traditional Cultural Properties studies, written numerous Historic Properties Management Plans, and provided cultural resource management training to local and tribal governments. Ms. Bush earned her BA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. She has taught archaeology in both classroom and field school settings at Western Washington University in Bellingham, where she earned her MA in Anthropology.

Robert H. Gargett, PhD

Senior Editor and Project Archaeologist
Rob Gargett earned a BA (Hons) in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in zooarchaeology and taphonomy. In a career that spans more than 30 years he has taken part in prehistoric archaeological survey and excavation in coastal and southern central British Columbia, California's Northern Coast Ranges, the Sierra Nevada Foothills and the Great Basin, the Czech Republic (Middle Paleolithic), France (Mesolithic), and Israel (Middle Paleolithic). Alongside a book and numerous referred journal articles on vertebrate taphonomy and site formation processes in Europe and Western Asia, Polynesia, and eastern Australia, in his CRM role Rob has authored, contributed to, and edited more than 100 cultural resource management reports on the precontact archaeology of California and British Columbia, and Washington State's Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Rob is a past editor of Australian Archaeology, was a project archaeologist and laboratory director for Pacific Legacy Inc., Santa Cruz, California, and technical writer for the archaeology group at AMEC Foster Wheeler, Burnaby, British Columbia. Dr. Gargett has generalist knowledge of comparative North American terrestrial vertebrate osteology, expert knowledge of zooarchaeological method and theory, and specialist knowledge of Late Pleistocene Central European ursid osteology and Middle to Late Pleistocene microtine fauna of Western North America.

Alyson M. Rollins, MA

Biological Anthropologist and Archaeologist
Alyson Rollins has been a professional biological anthropologist since 1999, with field and laboratory experience related to human osteology. She earned her BA in Human Biology from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID, and her MA in Anthropology from Western Washington University. She has particular expertise in the identification of fragmented or partial human skeletal remains in an archaeological context. Ms. Rollins has been teaching Anthropology at Whatcom Community College since 1999 and at Western Washington University since 2005. She also has extensive experience consulting with Native American Tribes, Museums and Universities regarding NAGPRA issues and the repatriation of human remains and artifacts.

Sarah Johnson Humphries, MA

Senior Archaeologist
Sarah Johnson Humphries has worked in cultural resource management throughout Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and British Columbia since 2005. She first worked for ERCI in 2010 on a number of survey and excavation projects in Island, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties and now works as a crew chief, laboratory director and field director. She earned her BA in Anthropology from Western Washington University and an MA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University. The title of her thesis is “A Tla’amin Cultural Landscape: Combining Traditional Knowledge with Archaeological Investigation in Grace Harbour, Desolation Sound, B.C.” Ms. Johnson Humphries has experience identifying and recording longhouse villages, intertidal fish traps, stone circles, lithic quarries, campsites, and rock art panels, as well as historic trails, railroads and homesteads. She also has experience consulting with Native American Tribes, Museums and Universities regarding NAGPRA issues and the repatriation of human remains and artifacts. For ERCI, Ms. Johnson Humphries conducts initial site visits, designs projects, coordinates with clients and affected tribes, provides management recommendations, leads and trains field crews, conducts field testing, monitoring and post-impact assessments, and writes technical reports, monitoring plans and unanticipated discovery protocols. She has held excavation permits in Washington and Colorado. Ms. Johnson Humphries is an enrolled tribal member of the Samish Indian Nation of Anacortes, Washington.

Paige Hawthorne, MA

Archaeologist
Paige Hawthorne is an archaeologist that has worked primarily in coastal shell midden contexts in Washington, British Columbia and Florida, specializing in zooarchaeology. She received her MA from Washington State University with her thesis titled, “Avians and Diversity: A Multi-Analytical Approach to Avian Faunal Analysis in Southwestern British Columbia”. Her experience ranges from working with the National Park Service on documenting coastal erosion within archaeological sites in Southeast Florida to cultural resource surveys in Washington. Paige joined the ERCI team in 2019 and her responsibilities include supervising field crews, writing and editing technical reports, and working with GIS. She also has extensive experience in archaeological science applications including stable isotope analysis of zooarchaeological remains as well as plant residue analysis on archaeological pipe fragments. Other laboratory experience includes managing and cataloging historic and prehistoric archaeological material.

Hayley Nichols, MA

Archaeologist
Hayley Nichols earned her BS in Biological Anthropology and MA in Anthropology from Western Washington University. She has worked on excavations with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and Slavia Field School. Ms. Nichols has three years of experience teaching Human Osteology and managing Biological Anthropology Labs. She has also worked closely with the Lummi Tribe to repatriate Human Remains and Artifacts. She first worked for ERCI in 2018 supervising field crews in survey. She is interested in field techniques and taphonomic processes.

Caspian Hester, BA

Archaeological Technician
Caspian Hester received their BA in Anthropology from Mississippi State University after attending two field schools in North Carolina and Mississippi. During field school, they completed remote survey work at the Tombigbee National Forest in North Carolina and excavation in the Mississippi Delta. A post grad research grant allowed Caspian to explore their interest in nutritional anthropology. Here at ERCI since 2018, they have worked primarily as an archaeological field technician and provided office support for projects all over Western Washington and in Wenatchee, Moses Lake and Spokane. They have logged hundreds of hours in ArcGIS creating maps for use in reports and the field. Caspian works on report writing, document control, artifact analysis, computer troubleshooting and logistics. Current research interests include how we use archaeological data and the existing laws in Washington state to protect archaeological sites.

Courtney Strehlow, BA

Archaeological Technician
Courtney Strehlow received a BA from Western Washington University. As a student, she took an internship with the Whatcom Museum which taught elementary school students about Coast Salish tools in an interactive workshop setting. She recently completed a Graduate Certificate in World Heritage Conservation from University College Dublin. Cultural and natural heritage site management and conservation methods spark an interest for Ms. Strehlow. She has three years of experience in the management, preservation, and tourism of properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 2018, she has conducted cultural resource surveys and created graphics on GIS software at ERCI. Ms. Strehlow is the current Newsletter Editor for the Association for Washington Archaeology.

Jacob Wilmoth, BA

Archaeological Technician
Jacob Q Wilmoth graduated with his BA from Western Washington University in Spring 2019 and started working at ERCI as an archaeological technician. A career archaeologist, Jacob’s research interests include Northwest regional archaeology and archaeological field methods. Jacob also has an interest in regional historic artifact identification and analysis, and has lab experience analyzing fish, bird and terrestrial mammals and excels at field logistics. He plans to attend grad school in the near future.