NLURA has a staff experienced in successfully guiding our clients through compliance with federal and state cultural resource laws and regulations, including Section 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NLURA has expertly managed over 500 cultural resource projects across Alaska since 1991. We manage projects ranging from desktop reviews through complex site mitigation and also facilitate consultation between our clients, regulatory agencies, and other consulting parties.
Geotechnical Specialist / Archaeologist – Fairbanks Office
M.A., Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2017
B.S., Anthropology, minor in Geology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2010
Rob has six years of cultural resource management experience. He has conducted all phases of archaeological research for the Section 106, and NEPA permitting processes, including acting as field director for a multi-year mine expansion project. Rob’s role as Geotechnical Specialist includes the operation and analysis of Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) systems, sediment analysis, and geoarchaeological modeling of survey areas. In addition to applying his geotechnical skills to archaeological research, Rob also has experience implementing GPR systems for utility locating and forensic investigations.
Rob’s specializations include geomorphology, lithic analysis, and the prehistory of Interior Alaska. He is a member of the Alaska Anthropological Association.
Senior Project Archaeologist – Fairbanks Office
M.A., Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2005
B.A., with honors, Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2002
Molly has twelve years of Alaskan CRM experience. She has conducted all phases of archaeological research to assist clients with the Section 106, Section 110, and NEPA permitting processes. She has successfully managed dozens of projects, with years of experience in the mining and energy development sectors. Most recently, Molly acted as Principal Investigator for a multi-year natural gas pipeline project collecting data geared toward preparation of FERC resource reports. She has prepared cultural resource sections for environmental assessments and environmental impact statements, and designed archaeological monitoring plans.
Her areas of specialization include historical and late prehistoric/contact-period archaeology, GIS, ethnohistory, and ceramic analysis. She is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, Society for American Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, and the Alaska Anthropological Association.
Mary Ann Sweeney
GIS Coordinator – Fairbanks Office
MA, Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks 1994
B.A. with honors, Archaeology and Anthropology, Boston University 1989
Mary Ann has twenty years of archaeological, historical research, and GIS experience in Alaska. Mary Ann serves as the GIS manager for NLURA, coordinating and conducting GIS components of all projects. She has completed GIS analysis and cartographic support for Section 106, Section 110, NEPA, and FERC permitting. Her archaeological background helps to inform her geospatial analysis, including the development of predictive models. She is also well-versed in custom geodatabase design, FGDC metadata, quality assurance, and client deliverables. Her cartographic skill set includes production of map books, map template design, and historic imagery sourcing. She is also experienced at GPS field data capture, including mobile platforms (tablet, smart phone, or trimble), mobile software (Arc Collector, ArcPad, TerraSync), and external receivers. Her knowledge of ArcGIS, ArcPro and ArcGIS Online facilitates field to office data synchronization, quality control, and provides support for multiple projects and field crews.
In addition to GIS, Mary Ann’s research specialties include historical archaeology of mining and frontier settlements, late prehistory, culture contact and change, zooarchaeology, and public outreach. She is a member of the Alaska Anthropological Association.
Senior Project Archaeologist – Anchorage Office
2010 Ph.D., Anthropology. University of Nevada, Reno
2002 M.A., Anthropology. University of Nevada, Reno
1998 B.A., History (American). University of California, Davis
Morgan has more than twenty years of experience in historical research and archaeology, with fifteen years of Alaskan experience. Morgan has assisted clients with Section 106 and NEPA compliance for permitting and has worked successfully with clients in many fields in Alaska, including transportation, energy exploration and development, communication, mining, and the settlement of legal access claims. Recently, he led a community outreach project centering on research and oral history of the Japanese Internment Camp at Fort Richardson in Anchorage. Prior to his arrival in Alaska, Morgan worked as a field archaeologist and field supervisor for the survey and excavation of settlements, mining and military sites in western states with the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation and the University of Nevada, Reno.
He specializes in historical archaeology with an emphasis on military archaeology, communications archaeology, and mining archaeology. He is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, Society for American Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, Society for Industrial Archaeology, and the Alaska Anthropological Association.
Senior Project Archaeologist – Anchorage Office
M.A., Anthropology, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 1992
B.A., Anthropology, College of William and Mary, 1987
Andy has over twenty-five years of archaeological experience, including twenty years in Alaska. Andy has experience in managing projects through to the completion of the Section 106 process, including survey, evaluation, and mitigation. He has assisted clients with NEPA and FERC permitting. Andy has experience helping clients with the identification and evaluation of prehistoric sites, historic sites for the Fort Knox and Kensington mines, historic districts, such as the Galena Forward Operating Base, and linear resources, such as the Iditarod Trail or historic highways. Andy has worked successfully with clients in the transportation, energy exploration and development, mining, and recreational development sectors. Andy has further conducted Section 106 and Section 110 work with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska.
He specializes in Alaska historical and industrial archaeology, as well as mining landscapes, material culture studies, and contemporary archaeology. He is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, Society for Historical Archaeology, Alaska Historical Society, and the Alaska Anthropological Association.
Operations Manager – Anchorage Office
M.A., Anthropology, University of Cincinnati, 2010
B.A., Anthropology, Eckerd College, 2007
Lindsay has eight years of archaeological experience with four years Alaska experience. As Operations Manager, Lindsay develops budgets and proposals, communicates with clients and agencies, and oversees company administrative items. She provides planning, scheduling, logistics, and operational support for NLURA project archaeologists and researchers. Her expertise in the areas of planning and scheduling complex inter-related projects assures that NLURA project tasks are carried out in a timely, cost-effective manner that provides on time and on budget deliverables to our clients. In addition to her operational role, Lindsay has statewide research and fieldwork experience, particularly with FERC and NEPA-driven archaeology projects in Interior Alaska and the North Slope of Alaska.
As an archaeologist, she specializes in field survey strategies, archaeological excavation techniques, ceramic analysis, and material culture studies. She is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, Society for American Archaeology, and the Alaska Anthropological Association.
Senior Project Archaeologist – Anchorage Office
PhD, Archaeology, University of Exeter, 2009
M.A., Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology, East Carolina University, 2004
B.A., Political Science/History, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1994
Jason has over fifteen years of experience in archaeology and anthropology, with twelve years in Alaska. He has extensive familiarity with Section 106, having directed or participated in numerous Phase I, II, and III archaeological survey, testing, and mitigation projects. He has experience preparing cultural resource sections for environmental impact statements as well as comprehensive cultural resource management plans. His work includes assisting clients with NEPA, Section 404, and FERC permitting. Jason regularly assists clients with completing components of permitting requiring marine archaeology in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
Jason’s specialties include marine geophysical data analysis and interpretation, paleoenvironmental studies, and coastal and maritime cultures and adaptations. Jason maintains academic affiliations with the University of Exeter (UK), and teaches Maritime and Underwater Archaeology as an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
M.A., Northern Studies/Cultural Resource Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2002
B.A., History, Colorado State University, 1997
General Manager – Fairbanks Office
Burr has over eighteen years of CRM experience and leads NLURA in all aspects of business management including strategic planning, business development, contract compliance, quality control, and personnel. Burr works with clients and agencies on all aspects of Section 106, NEPA, FERC, Section 404, Section 4f, and Alaska Historic Preservation Act compliance. He now typically focuses on projects where further environmental or permitting documentation is required (NEPA/FERC) or where additional management documents are requested, such as Historic Property Management Plans, Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plans, Memoranda of Agreement, and Programmatic Agreements.
Burr’s specialties include historic architecture and built environment documentation and assessment, mining and transportation history, research, and stakeholder engagement. He is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, Society for American Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, Society for Industrial Archaeology, and the Alaska Anthropological Association. Burr currently serves as the Vice President for Governmental Affairs for the American Cultural Resources Association and holds positions as Vice Chair of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Historic Preservation Commission and serves on the board of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.