The Team

The Team

PaleoWest was founded on the principle of providing the very best cultural resources consultants to our clients. We pride ourselves on being the most innovative team of problem solvers in the business.

Following are highlights from the expertise of our most senior staff members. Full vitae are available upon request, as is additional information on the remainder of PaleoWest’s extensive team of technical and administrative support staff.


Regional and Office Principals

Dr. Nesta Anderson serves as Office Principal for PaleoWest’s Austin, Texas, office. Nesta brings nearly 30 years of cultural resources management experience to clients. She most recently served as a Program Manager for Pape-Dawson Engineers and Atkins in Texas. Nesta is using her extensive private and public sector network to solidify PaleoWest as the leading cultural and heritage resources firm in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Contact Nesta: 512.394.7477 |

Kathryn Mohlenhoff, PhD., RPA, is an archaeologist with expertise in zooarchaeology and subsistence modeling, with specialization in faunal analysis in order to reconstruct paleoenvironments of Pacific coastal populations. As a Field Supervisor and Project Manager, she and has worked on several projects throughout Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and Minnesota. Kathryn has authored and co-authored several publications regarding topics in zooarchaeology, prehistoric settlement and subsistence strategies, and theoretical frameworks used in archaeology. She also boasts teaching experience at University of Utah and Weber State University

Contact Kathryn: 651.403.3209 |

Jessica DeBusk brings 17 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. Her professional experience includes managing large, diverse projects and overseeing teams of cultural, paleontological, and natural resource professionals. Jessica’s areas of expertise include program development and leadership, business development, multidisciplinary project management, CEQA/NEPA analysis and compliance, and paleontology. As a professional paleontologist, she has successfully completed hundreds of paleontological resources inventory and monitoring projects throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. As Office Principal, Jessica manages operations in our Los Angeles office.

Contact Jessica: 760.271.6943 |

Julie Duggins, M.A., RPA has over 15 years of professional experience in cultural resources management in the eastern United States, bringing her experience in both the private and public sectors. Leading with an emphasis on client success, she manages business development and client service for the firm’s eastern offices in Florida and New York. She is responsible for the development and successful implementation of business strategy in PaleoWest’s Eastern region. Since joining PaleoWest in 2018, Julie has overseen projects in 20 US States and territories. She is a noted expert in pre-Columbian watercraft research, particularly dugout canoes in precontact Florida. Julie has shaped industry regulation through advocacy with the Florida Archaeological Preservation Association.

Contact Julie: 678.360.6243 |

Steve Karacic, Ph.D., RPA has 15 years of experience practicing archaeology and has worked throughout the southeastern United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Steve leverages creative technological solutions to increase efficiency and provide clients with high-quality, digital deliverables. Having contributed to over 100 reports for State Historic Preservation Offices throughout the Southeast, he specializes in guiding clients through the regulatory processes of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as well as state statutes and local ordinances.

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Kye Miller, M.A., RPA, joined PaleoWest in 2009 and has over 14 years of professional experience in cultural resources consulting in the American Southwest and Midwest. Kye is responsible for business development, client services, and operations in PaleoWest’s Southwest region. He lends his responsiveness and solution-oriented consulting to PaleoWest’s Phoenix headquarters and ancillary offices. Kye has managed archaeological, ethnographic, and paleontological projects with a cumulative contract value of more than $9M, including large-scale excavations for the nation’s largest public archaeology project. He has also published articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Contact Kye: 618.580.0701 |

Garret Root is an experienced architectural historian and cultural resource manager with experience including managing complex, interdisciplinary projects under Federal, State and Local regulatory nexuses. The majority of Garret’s work has focused on water, infrastructure and utilities clients having documented hundreds of architectural history resources across Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, and California. Additionally, he is actively pursuing new and innovative ways to integrate technology into documentation and interpretation.

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Chris Sims brings over 12 years of experience practicing archaeology in 22 states and four countries and several years of work on significant sustainability projects. He earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Appalachian State University and his master’s degree in anthropology from University of Louisville, where he used GIS to test ecological models of human behavior in periods of significant climate change. Chris has demonstrated success on projects in Section 106, Section 110, large infrastructure projects, and large wetlands reclamation programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is also very active with public archaeology outreach and education projects in the Portland, Oregon, area. Chris is currently the office principal for PaleoWest’s Portland office, coordinating projects throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Contact Chris: 971.801.0677 |

Matt Tennyson has 18 years of experience in historical and prehistoric archaeology in California, Nevada, and Arizona. Since 2009, Matt’s work has focused on the renewable energy sector, serving as principal investigator and project manager for major projects. He expertly helps clients navigate the complexities involved in permitting and compliance on multi-year and multi-phase projects. Matt is an expert in building and managing teams that complete projects with a creative and efficient approach to cultural resources management.

Contact Matthew: 949.981.5862 |

Dr. John Williams is an archaeologist and cultural and heritage resources principal investigator and project manager with over 20 years of research and consultancy spanning the Rocky Mountain region, High Plains, Great Basin, Four Corners, American Bottom, Eastern Woodlands, Middle East, and Europe. His areas of interest and expertise include prehistoric and historic archaeology, hunter-gatherer interaction with ancient environments, human population expansions and colonization events of foragers and early horticulturalists/pastoralists, social and economic changes from hunting and gathering to early farming/pastoralism, lithic and ceramic technologies, historic archaeology, regional systems, and public archaeology. John has ample experience as a project manager and principal investigator, successfully obtaining contracts and grants to perform archaeological fieldwork for various agencies and successfully managing over 30 projects from start to finish.

Contact John: 720.980.1933 |

Robin Cordero M.A., RPA, has over 20 years of experience in cultural resource management, directing dozens of Federal, Tribal, State, and private-sector projects in New Mexico and southern Colorado. In addition to serving as Office Principal in PaleoWest’s Albuquerque office, Robin leads PaleoWest’s Education Outreach Program. Prior to joining PaleoWest, he served as a Principal Investigator/Lab Director at the University of New Mexico’s Office of Contract Archaeology. His areas of interest are in precontact and historic archaeology of the Southwest, southern Front Range, and southern High Plains. Robin is trained in both bioarchaeology and zooarchaeology with research interests focusing on garden hunting, the effects of Puebloan agriculture on migratory birds, and mortuary traditions in the Middle/Northern Rio Grande Valley.

Contact Robin: 505.379.5864 |

Ben DiBiase, M.A. is an historian who brings over a decade of professional historic research and business management experience in the southeast and northeast regions to PaleoWest. Ben has broad experience managing an archive and research library in Florida, as well working on large-scale historic research studies for PaleoWest. His research interests include colonial American history, specifically the early fur trade in the southeastern United States, and the intersection of public history and archival science. In addition to his professional work as an archivist and manager, Ben was associate producer and host of a popular NPR-affiliate history-based radio program and podcast that aired throughout Florida.

Contact Ben: 321.258.0274 |

Key Staff


Client Service Manager | Phoenix

Expertise: Archaeology


Senior Archaeologist | Bay Area

Expertise: Archaeology / Bioarchaeology


Senior Paleontologist | Las Vegas

Expertise: Western US Paleontology


Senior Archaeologist | Austin

Expertise: Archaeology / Bioarchaeology


Senior Archaeologist | Los Angeles

Expertise: Archaeology


Senior Historian | Denver

Expertise: Architectural History and History


Architectural Historian | New York

Expertise: Architectural History and History


Principal Archaeologist | Los Angeles

Expertise: Archaeology


Senior Archaeologist | Phoenix

Expertise: Archaeology


Senior Archaeologist | Tallahassee

Expertise: Archaeology