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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Caleb M. Billmeier

Mr. Billmeier has a B.A. in Historic Preservation (University of Mary Washington) and a M.A. in Cross Cultural Studies (University of Alaska Fairbanks). He has been a member of the Stephen R. Braund & Associates team since 2009, participating in subsistence, cultural resources, and ethnographic studies. Mr. Billmeier has experience with social science research methodologies; research design and implementation; ethnographic interviews; section 106 Architectural survey; cross cultural studies and contexts; rural development issues; report writing; qualitative/quantitative methodologies. He has experience in Alaska, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Education
2009     M.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2004     B.A in Historic Preservation, University of Mary Washington
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Chad M. Cook

Mr. Cook has a M.A. in Northern Studies (University of Alaska Fairbanks) with an emphasis in Yup’ik traditional knowledge. His primary research for his master’s thesis was conducted in the Yukon River delta community of Kotlik, Alaska primarily through the ethnographic method of participant observation. Mr. Cook has more than four years of anthropological experience in Alaska. As an employee at Stephen R. Braund & Associates, he has participated in subsistence and traditional knowledge studies since October of 2014.

Education
2013        M.A. Northern Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
2008        B.A. Journalism and Public Communications, University of Alaska Anchorage. 

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Theresa C. Dutchuk

Ms. Dutchuk has a B.A. in Anthropology (Portland State University) and is pursuing a M.A. in Anthropology with and emphasis in Geoarchaeology (University of Alaska Anchorage). She has five years of experience in remote cultural resource surveys throughout Alaska.  As an employee at Stephen R. Braund & Associates, she has participated in subsistence and traditional knowledge studies; and Section 106 archaeological surveys. Ms. Dutchuk specializes in soils, sediments and geomorphology.




Education
In Progress    Master of Arts, Anthropology, University of Alaska Anchorage
2011             Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Portland State University
2010             Field School, University of Alaska Anchorage, 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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Lindsey Saxon Kendall

Ms. Kendall has more than 9 years of experience in marine mammal biological research, field studies, endangered species consultation, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and permitting. Most recently, she prepared biological assessments on marine mammals in Cook Inlet and reporting for a marine mammal monitoring program in Cook Inlet. In the past, she conducted research involving both visual and acoustic monitoring of the Cook Inlet beluga whale at the Port of Anchorage Marine Terminal Redevelopment (MTR) Project. She examined habitat use, distribution and construction impacts on Cook Inlet beluga whales adjacent to the MTR Project. She participated in the health assessments of two beluga whale populations and worked on the 2010 bowhead whale census. Additionally, she has prepared research proposals and technical reports and she has worked on environmental documents, permitting projects and agency consultation. Ms. Kendall is a lifelong Alaskan and grew up in Anchorage

Education
2010      M.S. Environmental Science/Marine Biology, Alaska Pacific University
2001   B.A. Biology/Zoology, the University of Montana
2000       Study Abroad, Aarhus Universite
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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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Susan M. Lukowski

Ms. Lukowski has a B.A. in Anthropology (Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2008) specializing in North American zooarchaeology and prehistoric subsistence. As an employee at Stephen R. Braund & Associates (SRB&A) since 2010 she has participated in cultural resources surveys and ethnographic subsistence research throughout Alaska including on the North Slope, in the Bristol Bay region, and in Northwest and Southcentral Alaska. During her tenure at SRB&A Ms. Lukowski has enjoyed traveling to Alaska communities to discuss and learn about traditional and changing subsistence practices. She has also participated in Section 106 archaeological surveys; determinations of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places; traditional land use survey characterizations; and NEPA EIS analyses for subsistence, cultural resources, and traditional knowledge.

Education
2008-2010        Graduate Courses, Anthropology Department, Washington State University
2008                 Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
2007                 Archaeological internship at Jake Bluff Site, University of Oklahoma
2006                 Field School, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; the Johnston Site, Blairsville PA
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Monty J Rogers

Mr. Rogers has a B.S. in Archaeology (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 2005) specializing in lithic analysis and an M.A. (University of Alaska Anchorage 2015) specializing in Cultural Resource Management (CRM). As an employee at Stephen R. Braund & Associates (SRB&A) since March 2005, he has participated in Section 106 archaeological surveys and monitoring; determinations of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places; traditional land use survey characterizations; and NEPA EIS analyses for subsistence, cultural resources, and traditional knowledge.

Education
2015         M.A. Cultural Resource Management, University of Alaska Anchorage
2013        “Meeting the Reasonable and Good Faith Identification Standard,” webinar organized by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
2010        “Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology Course,” Nautical Archaeology Society, held in Anchorage and Point MacKenzie, Alaska
2009        “Landscape Preservation: An Introduction,” National Preservation Institute (NPI), held in Anchorage, Alaska
2009        “Focus on Alaska: Reaching and Writing Agreements under Section 106,” SWCA Environmental Consultants, held in Anchorage, Alaska
2009        “Consultation and Protection of Native American Sacred Lands,” NPI, held in Anchorage, Alaska
2009        “NEPA Compliance and Cultural Resources,” NPI, held in Anchorage, Alaska
2007        “Beyond Compliance: Historic Preservation in Transportation Project Development,” National Highway Institute, held in Anchorage, Alaska

2005        B.S. Archaeological Studies, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

2001        Field School, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Department of Archaeology
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Peter F. Schnurr

Mr. Schnurr has a B.Sc. in Anthropology (University of Alaska Anchorage 2009) specializing in Arctic and Subarctic Archaeology. As an employee at Stephen R. Braund & Associates (SRB&A) since June 2008, he has participated in Section 106 archaeological surveys; cultural resource documentation and analysis, determinations of eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places; and AHPA, Section 106, and NEPA EIS reports for cultural resources.
Education
2009     Bachelor of Science, Anthropology, University of Alaska Anchorage
2003     Field School, Yukon College, Department of Anthropolog

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Raena Katherine 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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Travis J. Shinabarger

Mr. Shinabarger has a B.A. in Anthropology (University of Washington 2004) and an M.A. (University of Alaska Anchorage 2014) specializing in Cultural Resource Management (CRM). Travis became an employee with Stephen R. Braund & Associates in July 2012, and has participated in Section 106 archaeological surveys and monitoring, as well as subsistence, traditional knowledge, and cultural resource studies. 
Education
2014      M.A. Cultural Resource Management, University of Alaska Anchorage
2010      CPR & First Aid Training: American Heart Association
2010      Nautical Archaeology Society: Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology
2010      Bear Safety Training: State of Alaska
2007      Aviation Safety Training: National Park Service, Denali National Park, Alaska
2005      Field School, Broken Mammoth, University of Alaska Anchorage
2004      Field School, Guatemala’s Ancient Maya, Earthwatch Institute/University of New Mexico
2004      Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of Washington
2002      Associate Degree in Arts & Sciences, Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA

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Shannon L. Williams

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Ms. Williams has a B.A. in Anthropology (University of Alaska Anchorage 2011) where she focused much of her time studying Alaska Native culture.  There, she refined her aptitude for research and learned applicable research methods. As an employee of SRB&A since January 2015, she has participated in subsistence and traditional knowledge workshops on the North Slope and southcentral Alaska.

 

Education
2011  B.A. Anthropology, University of Alaska Anchorage