STAFF PROFILES  

 Stephen R. Braund

Mr. Braund, principal of SRB&A for 36 years, has conducted sociocultural and socioeconomic research in over 125 rural Alaska villages since 1973, participating in over 165 research projects throughout rural Alaska, Canada, and Japan. His research background includes rural subsistence studies, including documentation of harvest amounts and subsistence use areas, traditional knowledge studies, cultural resource assessments, Alaska Eskimo bowhead whale quotas, and evaluation of socioeconomic and subsistence impacts associated with petroleum exploration and development, mining and other types of development.


Education
1981     M.A. (Anthropology) University of Alaska, Fairbanks
1973     B.A. (Honors) Northern Studies/English. University of Alaska, Fairbanks
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Jacob J. Anders

Mr. Anders has a M.A. in Anthropology (University of Alaska Anchorage) specializing in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) and a B.A. in Anthropology (University of Minnesota – Duluth). As an employee at Stephen R. Braund & Associates (SRB&A) since July 2012, he has participated in Section 106 archaeological surveys and monitoring; determinations of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places; GIS-based cultural resource modeling; and NEPA EIS analyses for cultural resources.

Education
2013     M.A., Anthropology (Cultural Resource Management), University of Alaska Anchorage
2010     Wilderness First Aid and CPR
2010     Department of the Interior Certified Motorboat Operator
2009  “Focus on Alaska: Reaching and Writing Agreements under Section 106”, SWCA Environmental Consultants, held in Anchorage, Alaska
2005     Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of Minnesota-Duluth
2003     Field School, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Department of Anthropology
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Iris A. Hilsinger

Mrs. Hilsinger has a B.S. in Environmental Science (Alaska Pacific University 2005) and is pursuing an M.GIS (The Pennsylvania State University 2009-present).  She has 10 years experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). As an employee at Stephen R. Braund & Associates (SRB&A) since January 2005, she has participated in multiple research projects on the North Slope and in northwest, southeast, southwest, southcentral, and interior Alaska. She has participated in subsistence, traditional knowledge, and cultural resource studies, including NEPA EIS analyses for subsistence and cultural resources. Mrs. Hilsinger is skilled in GIS analysis, cartography, and subsistence mapping.




Education
2009-present     M. GIS, The Pennsylvania State University
2008                 Postbaccalaureate Certificate in GIS, The Pennsylvania State University
2005                 Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, Alaska Pacific University
2002                 Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School, held in Anchorage, Alaska
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Paul B. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence has a B.A. in Anthropology (University of Alaska Anchorage 2004) specializing in Arctic and Subarctic Archaeology. He has 10 years experience in archaeology and eight years experience in cultural anthropology. An employee at SRB&A since March 2006, Mr. Lawrence has participated in multiple projects on the North Slope, Northwest, Bristol Bay, and Southcentral and Interior Alaska.  He has served as a lead or co-lead on a number of large-scale baseline and NEPA analyses for both subsistence and cultural resources. He has participated in Section 106 cultural resources surveys in Cook Inlet, Bristol Bay, and Southwest Alaska.  He has also participated in determinations of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places; traditional land use survey characterizations; cultural landscape research; and NEPA EIS analyses for subsistence, cultural resources, and traditional knowledge. Mr. Lawrence is skilled in project management; ethnographic and cultural resources fieldwork, mapping, and databases; as well as data analysis, report preparation, and document review.

Education
2004     B.A. Anthropology, University of Alaska Anchorage
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Raena K. Schraer

Ms. Schraer has a B.A. in Geography and Spanish (Middlebury College, January 2002) specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  As an employee at Stephen R. Braund & Associates (SRB&A) since May 2004, Ms. Schraer has conducted numerous ethnological and subsistence related interviews with residents of rural Alaskan villages, as well as assisted staff archaeologists in the field during archaeological surveys. Ms. Schraer is skilled at post-field data processing, and the production of reports, tables and maps, and has a practical knowledge of the programs necessary to make use of this type of data. Ms. Schraer’s focus is GIS and she produces or edits all maps associated with projects at SRB&A.

Education
2002                 Bachelor of Arts, Geography and Spanish, Middlebury College
2003/2004        Continuing education at the University of Utah and University of Alaska Anchorage
2000                 Coursework in Geography, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain
1999                 Coursework at Universidad Espíritu Santo, Guyaquil, Ecuador

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Elizabeth G. Sears

Ms. Sears has a B.A. in Anthropology (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill).  She has over nine years experience in cultural anthropology. As an employee at Stephen R. Braund & Associates (SRB&A) since February 2005, she has participated in multiple research projects on the North Slope and in northwest, southwest, southcentral, and interior Alaska. She has participated in subsistence, traditional knowledge, and cultural resource studies, including NEPA EIS analyses for subsistence. Ms. Sears is skilled in ethnographic fieldwork, mapping, development and implementation of field methodologies, and databases.
Education
2001      B.A. Anthropology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
              Minor in African Studies
2001      Roatan Island Field School, Wake Forest University, Anthropology Department
2000      Roatan Island Field School, Wake Forest University, Anthropology Department

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