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Personnel

*Note: All CV’s are in Adobe PDF format*


Douglas J. Perrelli, Ph. D., RPA, Director, Principal Investigator

36CFR61 qualified, meets the Secretary of the Interior Standards for a Professional Archaeologist

Description: Douglas Perrelli, Principal Investigator, directs all archaeological contracts, projects, research and outreach performed by the Archaeological Survey.  Responsibilities include all aspects of proposal preparation, client correspondence and interaction, review agency interaction, budgeting, research design, fieldwork, analysis and report writing for all phases of historic and prehistoric archaeological investigation including reconnaissance surveys, site examinations and data recovery projects.  Dr. Perrelli maintains a professional staff of archaeologists and architectural historians who meet and exceed local, state and federal standards for performing cultural resource studies.  The primary function is to manage cultural resources and facilitate communication between clients and review agencies throughout New York State including the Department of Transportation, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Museum and State Education Department, and the Seneca Nation of Indians Tribal Historic Preservation Office.  Other responsibilities include disseminating research results and other information to the academic community and general public by participating in regional professional conferences, public meetings and through public presentations for museums, school groups and libraries.  The Survey also provides research and educational opportunities for UB students and the public.  Dr. Perrelli is an adjunct Research Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology.


James Hartner, MA, RPA, Project Director

36CFR61 qualified, meets the Secretary of the Interior Standards for a Professional Archaeologist


Ryan F. Austin, Ph. D., RPA, Project Director
Ryan F. Austin’s CV
36CFR61 qualified, meets the Secretary of the Interior Standards for a Professional Archaeologist

Description: As the historic sites project director, my job involves the supervision and management of all aspects of archaeological fieldwork, laboratory analysis and report publication of projects conducted on historic period archaeological sites.  In my capacity as a field director, my managerial duties include crew scheduling, record keeping, equipment procurement and project area maintenance. I am also responsible for the supervision of up to a dozen field technicians and/or heavy excavation equipment, depending on the project scope.  I am also responsible for the management of artifact processing, including washing, sorting, identification, description, and recording of all project data.  I am also directly involved in the collection of archival data including, but not limited to: historic maps and atlases; town and county histories; state and federal censuses; tax returns; deed and probate records; as well as diaries, biographies and personal recollections.   As a report writer, I am responsible for the analysis, interpretation, synthesis of project data, as well as for the production of all tables, figures, maps and photographic images.  Ultimately, I am responsible for determining site significance, research potential and National Register eligibility, as well as for recommending additional fieldwork as necessary.


Kathryn Whalen, Ph. D., Project Director

36CFR61 qualified, meets the Secretary of the Interior Standards for a Professional Archaeologist.

Description: Dr. Whalen received her MA (2011) and PhD (2017) from the Department of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo. She is currently the acting field director at UB Archaeological Survey overseeing completion of fieldwork associated with Phase I, II, and III compliance projects, construction monitoring, and public archaeology outreach. Dr. Whalen also conducts artifact processing and analysis, creates project maps, and contributes to report and grant writing efforts. She has experience with lithic, ceramic, and XRF analyses. At UB Archaeological Survey she works on pre-Contact and Euro-American sites in both rural and urban settings, and has had previous experience in colonial Virginia, Iron Age Scandinavia, and Post-Medieval Ireland. Her research interests include public archaeology, material science studies, oral history, foodways, economics and trade, and colonialism and ethnicity.

 


Sarah Reger, MA, Laboratory Coordinator
36CFR61 qualified, meets the Secretary of the Interior Standards for a Professional Archaeologist


Consultants

Kerry Traynor, MS, MA, Architectural History
Kerry Traynor’s CV

36CFR61 qualified, meets the Secretary of the Interior Standards for a Professional Architectural
Historian