The Goodwin Team – Geomatics

 

Kevin F. May, M.P.S., GISP, CMS – GIS Supervisor – East Region

Mr. May possesses 23 years of experience in applying geomatics to cultural resource management. He received his B.A. in Ancient History from the Ohio State University, his M.A. in Preservation Studies from Boston University, and his M.P.S. in Geographic Information Technology from Northeastern University. Additionally, he received a Certificate in GIS from Columbus State Community College and a Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing from Northeastern University. Mr. May is a certified GIS professional (SISP), a certified mapping scientist (CMS), a certified remote sensing technologist (RST), and has earned a remote pilot certificate (FAA sUAS). He is experienced with a wide range of geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (SPS), and remote sensing software for processing, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data. He is proficient in the use analysis of airborne and spaceborne imagery, including multispectral, hyperspectral, LiDAR, and radar data. Prior to joining the Goodwin team, Mr. May taught and developed graduate courses in Northeastern University’s remote sensing program (Remote sensing for archaeology, Photogrammetry and GPS, LiDAR and radar). He also worked on a multi-year contract for within the Space Archaeology Program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. For the latter agency, Mr. May helped implement a GIS program, developed an underwater archaeological preserve plan, and authored a maritime history resource guide. Mr. May has assisted law enforcement officers with cold case investigations (processing and analysis of declassified spaceborne imagery). He also serves as an instructor for two graduate courses within the GIS Graduate Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus where he teaches Geospatial Technologies for Cultural Resource Management and Geospatial Technologies for Field Data Collection.

 

Benjamin N. Barnes, B.S., B.A. – Archaeologist and GIS Specialist – Southwest Region

Mr. Barnes graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Florida State University, with concentrations in Statistical Modeling and Anthropology. He then was graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a concentration in Geographic Information Sciences. While attending the University of Colorado, Mr. Barnes worked at NOAA’s World Datacenter for Paleoclimatology and the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, where he contributed to the development of the National Packrat Midden Taxonomic Database. Mr. Barnes has over 20 years of experience in the archaeology of the Southwest and the study and modeling of cultural phenomena distributions using GIS. Mr. Barnes has conducted archaeological field research throughout the greater Southwest, in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Barnes’ research focus is applying statistical modeling methods to the distribution of archaeological and cultural phenomena. In particular, he has concentrated on understanding and modeling regional cultural responses to climatic changes during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition. Mr Barnes’ numerous archaeological publications include large-scale predictive models of archaeological site patterning along the Mogollon Rim in Arizona for the National Forest Service and spatial-temporal modeling of settlement and intra-site communication patterns among early Navajo sites for the Bureau of Land Management’s Dinétah District in the Four-Corners region of New Mexico.

 

Tyler J. Leben, B.A. – GIS Specialist – South Central Region

Tyler Leben graduated from the University of North Dakota (UND) in 2004, earning the B.A. cum laude in Anthropology. Mr. Leben began working for RCG&A in 2005 in the company’s New Orleans office. Over the following 13 years, he worked as a field archeologist for RCG&A, eventually being promoted to Project Archeologist. During that period, Mr. Leben worked in 21 states, which included projects in the High Plains, Great Plains, Midwest, Southwest, Middle-Atlantic, Gulf Coast, and Southeastern United States. He supervised collection of digital field data and directed data transfer to GIS analysts and project managers. In 2017, Mr. Leben completed his Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences at the University of North Dakota. In 2018, he became a member of the GIS staff in RCG&A’s New Orleans office. His responsibilities include preparing GPS files for archaeological survey teams, tracking progress via files provided by team leaders, and creating progress reports and analyses for project managers. His duties also include the use of state and federal databases to locate previously recorded cultural resources and completed cultural resource surveys prior to field-work. Finally, he generates graphics for reports from field data and database information.

 

Alan R. Potter, M.A. – GIS Coordinator – Central Region

Mr. Potter received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Kansas and his Master of Arts in Anthropology from Wichita State University. Mr. Potter’s graduate work involved the application of advanced spatial and statistical analysis techniques to interpret patterning and distribution of chipped stone artifacts from sites in northwestern Kansas. Since 2000, Mr. Potter has conducted extensive fieldwork and provided support for numerous projects throughout the Great Plains, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, and Southeast including North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia. Mr. Potter joined the Goodwin team in 2006 in order to help manage GIS resources for RCG&A projects in the Central United States. Since 2008, when Mr. Potter was promoted to GIS Coordinator, his duties have expanded to include oversight of the collection and management of all GIS data and graphics production in the RCG&A Kansas office. In this role he also supervises members of the that office’s GIS Department. Additionally, Mr. Potter is qualified to serve as a Principal Investigator for archaeological projects. Throughout his career, Mr. Potter has been involved in the application of GIS principles in cultural resource management. He has worked on projects for many federal agencies, including the United States Army, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the United States Forest Service. In addition, Mr. Potter has performed work for various state and local agencies and private firms. Mr. Potter’s research interests focus on the application of complex spatial and statistical analyses to aid interpretation of spatial and temporal patterning in cultural materials. Mr. Potter is also a frequent contributor to the annual Plains Anthropological Conference.

 

David Stitcher, B.A. – GIS and Graphics Department Supervisor – South Central Region

Mr. David Stitcher received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology and a minor in Geology from Appalachian State University. He has been a member of the New Orleans Goodwin team for 14 years. As a field archaeologist with R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., he previously worked throughout the Southeastern and Midwestern states. Mr. Stitcher currently serves as Graphics and GIS Supervisor in our New Orleans office. He has special skills in GIS and Trimble Technology, as well as in ESRI ArcGIS 10.3 (and the ESRI extension Spatial Analysis), Pathfinder, MicroStation, AutoCAD, Surfer, Google Earth, and Adobe Photoshop. Mr. Stitcher’s responsibilities include the production of maps on both U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) quadrangles and modern aerial photography; uploading and downloading Trimbles for field crews; creating and manipulating GIS vector (point, line, and polygon data and associated databases) and raster data (digital elevation models, USGS quadrangles, grid data, etc.); creating site plan views (based on field maps, Trimble data, and modern aerial photography) and excavation profiles (shovel test, test unit, and trench profiles); development of historical map and historical aerial photography overlays; archaeological predictive modeling; and the creation of cartographic products.

 

Kristopher R. West, M.A. – GIS Specialist and Geoarchaeologist – East Region

Mr. West has been a member of the Goodwin team for 19 years, both in the Frederick, Maryland and Lawrence, Kansas offices. He was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a minor in Archeology from Dickinson College. After joining RCG&A soon after graduation, Mr. West conducted archaeological surveys and excavations throughout the Eastern United States, the Great Plains, in the Caribbean, and in Alaska. In 2013, Mr. West completed his Master of Arts degree from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. His graduate studies focused on geoarchaeology, geomorphology, and GIS. His M.A. research utilized SSURGO GIS data and soil taxonomy information to focus basin-wide archaeological surveys on locations likely to contain buried Paleoindian Period deposits. That experience enabled Mr. West to be part of many geomorphological and geoarchaeological investigations in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. His work has focused on the Muskingum River basin in Central Ohio, the South Branch of the Potomac River basin in West Virginia, the Monocacy River in Maryland, and the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. In his role as GIS Specialist, Mr. West has served as GIS lead on a number of large cultural resource projects.