Consultant Profiles

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Kelly R. Bush, MA

Principal Investigator
ERCI's President, Kelly Bush brings 32 years of relevant archaeological experience in British Columbia, California, and Washington to this team. Ms. Bush designs field and lab work 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. She is responsible for quality control and internal training. 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. Her first love in archaeology was lithic identification and analysis and she loves getting a chance to work on collections but recognizes that the best day at work is when we can avoid a site and the disturbance to the resource. She is a past president of the Association for Washington Archaeology and stay involved with the Mentorship and Membership Committees.

Robert H. Gargett, PhD

Editor and Geoarchaeologist
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. Dr. Gargett joined ERCI in 2014 and edits reports before they are sent to clients and published.

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.

Leah Koch-Michael, MA

Leah received her MA in Maritime Archaeology from Syddansk Universitet in Denmark, her thesis compared Northwest Coast canoes to Danish maritime travel. She dives and completed her underwater field school in Denmark in 2018. She received her BA with honors from Cal State Northridge in 2015. She has done fieldwork on several projects in Northern Europe as well as in Washington State, where she has used her commercial diving certificate on underwater archaeology. Leah joined ERCI in 2021 and is a field crew supervisor, construction monitor, report writer, and loves being a part of the team. Outside of ERCI, she has taken on the job of Editor for the AWA Newsletter and is happy to be part of an organization that is such a great resource for archaeologists working in Washington. Additionally, Leah has five years of editing and publication design experience from her work for Rational Island Publishers, the Northwest Danish Association, and as a freelance editor. Her research interests include biological anthropology and maritime studies, and she is planning graduate school in the near future.

Aleta Baxley, BA

Aleta Baxley received a BA in Anthropology with an archaeology concentration and minors in Geology and Biology from Western Washington University in 2020. Attending field school in Ireland, she completed excavation, post excavation, and bioarchaeological work. At ERCI, Aleta works as a field crew supervisor, construction monitor and works in document control and report writing. She has done fieldwork across western Washington and in Ellensburg, Spokane, and Yakima. Current research interests include faunal analyses, land use practices, and geoarchaeology. She plans on attending graduate school in the near future.

Emma Dubois, BA

Emma received her BA in Anthropology with an archaeology concentration and a GIS Certificate from Western Washington University (WWU) in 2019. She has worked as a Lab Technician for the Lummi Nation and for the WWU Archaeology Repository. Her work included analysis of faunal remains and northwest coast artifacts. In addition, she collaborated and consulted with tribal members and assisted in drafting NAGPRA compliance documents. Since 2019 she has worked for CRM companies in Western Washington and for the Forest Service in New Mexico and Washington State where she carried out data recovery excavations, construction monitoring, pedestrian and subsurface cultural resource surveys. At ERCI she is continuing to gain experience and momentum in all components of Cultural Resource Management. Outside of work, Emma volunteers on the Association for Washington Archaeology’s Mentorship Committee. Her research interests include faunal identification and analysis and tribal collaboration in cultural resource management. She plans to attend graduate school.

Caspian Hester, BA

Caspian Hester received their BA in Anthropology from Mississippi State University after attending two field schools in the mountains of North Carolina and 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 as an archaeologist for survey, site evaluation, and construction monitoring 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 now focuses on report and proposal writing, document control, artifact analysis, computer troubleshooting, and field work support. Caspian also works on business development and proposals for ERCI.

Fiona Koehnen, BA

Fiona Koehnen graduated from the University of Washington in 2020 with a BA in Anthropology and an emphasis in Archaeology and Native American Studies. During her studies she took a year of Southern Lushootseed language classes and worked at the Burke Museum archaeology department. At the Burke she worked on cataloguing, sorting, and classifying objects. Fiona was a rotary exchange student in Germany for a year, is fluent in German, and enjoyed returning to Mallorca for her first field study where she worked on identifying ceramic sherds, surveying fields, and excavating historic sites. During her second field school, Fiona worked with the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde in Oregon, creating an educational camp for children, learning about their sites, and surveying and setting up excavation units using ground penetrating radar. Fiona joined ERCI in 2021 and does subsurface survey, monitoring, shell identification, site delineation, backcountry survey, and leads field crews. She plans to continue her education with a graduate work in Heritage Management from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. where she will focus her studies on indigenous peoples of the pacific northwest.

Rhododendron O’Boyle, BA

Rhododendron received a BA from Western Washington University in 2020 with majors in Chinese Language and Culture, East Asian Studies, and Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology. In Spring 2021 she received a certification in GIS from the Huxley College of the Environment. Rhododendron spent two summers abroad in China: one was at a field school in Xi’an where she worked on recovering and cataloging ceramics circa 3,500 BC, and the other was teaching English and other writing techniques to apply to institutes abroad in Qing Dao. She has been working at ERCI since October 2021 and has taken the lead in GIS analysis and transitioning the office from Arc Map to ArcGIS Pro. She works in the field conducting surveys and monitoring and assists in writing reports. Rhododendron intends to continue her education by pursuing a Masters in archaeology and GIS applications and hopes to take her skills back to the classroom to one day teach archaeologists.

Rachel Pinkman, BA

Rachel graduated with her BA in Anthropology with an Archaeology Concentration and a Spanish minor from Western Washington University in Winter 2020 and has worked at ERCI since 2020. She analyzes fauna, including shells, assists with field labs and field survey, and works on construction monitoring, report components and logistics. Outside of work, she runs the Association of Washington Archaeology Instagram page. This fall she begins her MA in Art History with and Egyptian Art and Archaeology concentration at the University of Memphis in Tennessee where she will apply her experience to a graduate degree. Her main research interests are in Egyptology and Roman Archaeology. She also volunteers for FindAGrave, where people send her requests for photos of grave sites.

Robert Wight II, BA

Robert graduated from Western Washington University in Spring 2021 with a BA in Anthropology with an Archaeology Concentration. He has worked with ERCI since March 2021 on field surveys as well as construction monitoring. He also works on summaries and reports of field findings. He will be attending The University of Aberdeen in Scotland starting September 2022 to complete his Masters degree in Archaeology. He will be studying the recently recovered northern artifacts being released in the Norwegian ice melts as well as other Nordic cultures. He will be continuing on to a PhD after this program. He plans to specialize in the fields of underwater archaeology and the histories of mythology. He is also working to innovate and improve the type of gear archaeologist will be taking into the field in the future.

Selena Williams, BA

Selena Williams graduated with her BA in Anthropology with an Archaeology Concentration and a History minor from Western Washington University (WWU) in Spring 2021 and has worked for ERCI since that time. She attended field school in 2019 hosted by WWU where she completed excavation, pedestrian survey, and identification of lithic materials and faunal remains for the U.S. Forest Service in the Corral Pass Archaeological District within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. At ERCI Selena is competent with GIS and carries out pedestrian and subsurface survey, site recordation, document control, archival research, report writing and preparation of documents for curation. She has worked in Western Washington and plans on attending graduate school and eventually completing doctoral studies. Her research interests include historical archaeology and the identification of Black communities throughout Washington State that could benefit archaeological method and analysis through the development of predictive modeling and a research methods guide.

Ashley Yates, BA

Ashley received a BA in Anthropology with a biocultural concentration from Western Washington University in 2021 and has been working at ERCI since that time. As a student, Ashley researched epigenetic variation within human populations and wrote several papers, including "Examination of Health and Disease in Epigenetics: How Starvation Affects Our Health." At ERCI Ashley works as an Archaeologist and has experience monitoring, writing reports, and conducting cultural resource surveys. She plans to attend graduate school in the future. Her areas of interest include osteology, epigenetics, archaeology, and paleoanthropology.

Carter Ause, MS

Architectural Historian
Carter Ause received a BA in History with a minor in film studies from the Portland State University Honors College in 2016. After working as a production intern with Northwest Film Center and Oregon Public Broadcasting, Carter worked in special education for three years before enrolling in the MS program in Historic Preservation at the Portland campus of the University of Oregon. During his time at the University of Oregon, Carter worked as a Historic Preservation Intern with the Architectural Heritage Center in Portland. While there, he helped provide historical research for the national register potential of historic African American cultural resources in the Portland area. After his work with the Architectural Heritage Center, Carter participated in an all-virtual Historic Preservation Intern position with Greater Portland Landmarks, based out of Portland, Maine. While at Greater Portland Landmarks, Carter helped provide HPI data for Munjoy Hill, a historic working-class multi-family residential neigborhood in Portland, Maine. In working with ERCI, Carter hopes to utilize the applied preservation and cultural resource management skills necessary to eventually pursue a career in preservation planning and urban design.

Kylee Moneypenny, BA

Kylee Moneypenny graduated with her BA in Anthropology with an Archaeology concentration and a History minor from Western Washington University in the Spring of 2019. She is currently working on completing her MA in History from Western Washington University and will graduate in September 2022. She has experience in local history projects and archival research. Her research interests include Indigenous epistemologies and histories, local and public history, and a particular interest in developing the interdisciplinary discourse between Anthropology and History.