Consultant Profiles

Meet Our Consultants

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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.

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.

Rachel Pinkman, BA

Archaeological Technician
Rachel graduated with her B.A. 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 works on faunal analyses including shells, assisting with field labs and field survey and also works on report components and logistics. She plans on attending graduate school in the near future. Her main research interests are in Egyptology and Roman Archaeology. Outside of work, she runs the Association of Washington Archaeology Instagram page. She also volunteers for FindAGrave, where people send her requests for photos of grave sites.

Leah Koch-Michael

Leah received her MA in Maritime Archaeology from Syddansk Universitet in Denmark, her thesis compared NW Coast canoes to Danish maritime travel. She received her BA with honors from Cal State Northridge in 2015. She dives and completed her underwater field school in Denmark in 2018. She has done fieldwork on a number of projects in northern Europe as well as in Washington State. She is planning to continue her research in bioantho and maritime studies. She is monitoring on construction sites and running field projects here at ERCI and loves being a part of the team here at ERCI.