CAAS has a number of research and contract associates and maintains a pool of Assistant Archaeologists who are qualified field and laboratory technicians. In addition to the expertise of senior and associate staff in GIS, geoarchaeological analysis, sediments, lithic and ceramic analyses, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), CAAS maintains consulting relationships with analytical specialists for X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), pollen, macrobotanical, blood and protein residue, and faunal analyses.
Mark G. Plew, Research Archaeologist
Mark Plew holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University. His research interests focus on the behavioral ecology of hunter-gatherers. He has conducted more than 150 archaeological and ethnographic projects throughout North and South America and in Australia. He has authored more than 300 books, monographs, journal articles, and technical reports. During the past 25 years he has had primary responsibility for numerous cultural resource management projects in Idaho and surrounding states. Dr. Plew is a Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at Boise State University. Since 1986, he has served as Coordinator of the Center of Applied Archaeological Science.
Pei-Lin Yu, Coordinator
Pei-Lin Yu holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University. Her research interests focus on the behavioral ecology of agricultural evolutionary transitions in China, Taiwan, and the South American neo-tropics. Yu has extensive experience in bison bonebed excavation and ethnoarchaeology of hunting and gathering and horticultural peoples. She has worked for three Federal agencies conducting archaeological survey and documentation across the U.S., HABS/HAER/HALS and National Register nominations, artifact repository management to Federal standards, fire and cultural resources management, NAGPRA determinations of cultural affiliation and Notices of Inventory Completion, and climate change research in national parks. Her publications include four books as well as numerous journal articles and technical reports. Yu has authored and co-authored successful research grant proposals totaling
more than $1.12 million.
Christopher Hill- Geoarchaeologist
Chris Hill holds a Ph D. from Southern Methodist University. The main geographic areas of his research have been in the Sahara Desert, Nile Valley, eastern Mediterranean, Turkey, the Great Lakes Plains, and the Rocky Mountains area of North America. His interests range from Quaternary Paleoenvironments, Paleobiology, Ice Age mammals, and his research focus is on Pleistocene environmental change and its linkage with human adaptation and biotic communities.
Brian Wallace- Senior Archaeologist
Brian Wallace holds a Master’s of Applied Anthropology from Boise State University and has over sixteen years of Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and other resources consulting within the natural resource sector of governmental affairs. He is experienced in Great Basin, Snake River Plain, and Historical Archaeology. His research experience includes conducting and managing cultural resource projects in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. He has experience working with federal and state interdisciplinary teams, resource advocacy groups, Tribal consultation, public interests, and private industry.
Cheryl Anderson- Bioarchaeologist
Cheryl Anderson holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research focus is in bioarchaeology and she is particularly interested in the impacts of social inequalities on human health and violence through the examination of human skeletal remains. Her main geographic areas of focus have been in Turkey and the greater American Southwest. She has co-edited two volumes on bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology case studies of violence.
Nicole Herzog- Archaeologist
Dr. Herzog received her Ph.D. from the University of Utah where she specialized in both Human Behavioral Ecology and Paleoethnobotany. She worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the Natural History Museum of Utah developing methods for detecting plant domestication events and past diet reconstruction in addition to working with curated collections. At present, Dr. Herzog studies evolutionary ecology, specifically the links between diet, fire, and human evolution. Current research investigates the relationships between hunter-gatherer foraging economies and their archeological consequences. Herzog conducts archaeological and ethnographic field work in the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, and the Northern Plains and has authored numerous archaeological technical reports and peer-reviewed research articles. She also runs the Paleoethnobotany Lab on the Boise State campus where she and students conduct micro and macrobotanical plant analyses.
Lisa Gates- Environmental Specialist
Ms. Gates has over 23 years of experience performing as Project Manager, Resource Specialist, Team Leader, and Team Member for multiple environmental studies on public and private land. Her experience includes NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) data collection and analysis on projects ranging from: County, State and Federal roadway and bridge improvements; wind energy production; electrical transmission lines; and public land exchange. She provided data organization, document review and quality control, and final compilation for Federal submittals. She also has extensive experience conducting environmental assessment and regulatory compliance for public and private development.
Barbara Valdez- Reports Editor
Barbara Valdez holds an M.A. in English from the University of Oregon. She has experience in proofreading legal transcripts and has published a medical center newsletter. More recently, Barbara has been developing courses in technical writing and is the copyeditor for the Department of Anthropology at Boise State University.