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DARLENE DEPPE, B.A., M.A. expected Spring 2017

Archaeological Field Technician

Darlene Deppe is an archaeologist with over 5 years of environmental resource experience and 10 years of archaeological field, lab and survey experience. She has worked on a variety of JMA projects, with a focus on Chatsworth/Simi Hills and has an extensive background in pre-historic California archaeology. She has worked as an archaeological field technician, field/lab director, and project manager for California State Parks and worked on as a field archaeologist special projects with JMA since 2011.

NICHOLAS POISTER, B.A., M.A. expected Fall 2015

Archaeological/ Paleontological Field Technician

Nicholas’ archaeological interests are split between Mesoamerica and Southern California. He has excavated at the Maya urban centers of Baking Pot and Caracol in Belize and is conversant in Maya hieroglyphic writing. In California, he has participated in multiple seasons of academic fieldwork at San Nicolas Island’s Tule Creek Site (CA-SNI-25), a major Late Holocene village, as well as excavations of rock shelters on China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station. Nicholas’ research is focused on the applications of analytical chemistry in archaeology. He has participated in a sourcing study of archaeological asphaltum (i.e. bitumen) from the California Channel Islands, employing gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The results of this study are published in the Journal of Archeological Science. He is currently working on a GC-MS analysis of residues on pottery from Naj Tunich cave in Guatemala. Nicholas has been with JMA since 2010, working as a monitor and surveyor on numerous archaeological and paleontological resource management projects throughout Southern California.

PATRICK GILLESPY, B.A.

Paleontological Field Technician

Patrick Gillespy is a [part-time] paleontological monitor with John Minch and Associates with experience in geologic fieldwork [and paleontological mitigation monitoring]. He began his focus in paleontology by volunteering at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. There he has been working with museum staff in the vertebrate paleontology laboratory. He has learned techniques involved with cataloging, collecting, identifying, and preparing/preserving vertebrate fossil material. Patrick received his B.S. in Geology from California State University, Northridge.

ALEXIS YANG, B.A.

Paleontological Field Technician

Alexis Yang is currently a second year Forensic Anthropology master’s student at Cal State LA. She has been working at JMA’s Sunshine Canyon Landfill project as a paleontological monitor since May of 2014. She received her B.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Physical Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her thesis research will be focusing on the impacts of a variety of pneumatic air guns on ribs when shot point-blank using animal models. Alexis plans on pursuing her PhD in either Forensic Anthropology or Bioarchaeology once she completes her M.A.