The Goodwin Team – Geomatics

 

Kevin F. May, M.A., 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 (GISP), 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 (GPS), and remote sensing software for processing, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data. He is proficient in the processing and 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 multi-year contracts for 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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A Special Message for the 4th of July, 2020

R. Christopher Goodwin, Ph.D.

President & CEO

 

 

These are difficult times for us individually, as a corporate family and for our Nation. We continue to struggle with the Coronavirus pandemic, which now is impacting every corner of our country. Yesterday, over 50,000 new cases were recorded. At the same time, the recent killings of black Americans, including George Floyd, have sparked national outrage and called attention to decades and centuries of inequality. This timing coincided with the anniversary of Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery, as well as with the 51stanniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising. As professional stewards of American heritage and of the tenets and principles of American history, I ask each of you to reflect this 4th of July on our special role as a company, as well as our individual responsibilities to our Nation.

 

Fully 244 years ago at the birth of these United States, our Founders wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Declaration of Independence ends with a stirring call to action: “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” As a company, our stated Mission is to provide Stewardship and Leadership in preservation, to enhance understanding of and provide appreciation of our past. Our Guiding and Operational Principles include Integrity, Honesty and Respect. Today I ask all of you to reflect upon the words of our Founders and upon our mission as stewards of American Heritage, and to redouble our efforts to help “forge a more perfect Union.” We have much to contribute.

 

As anthropologists, archaeologists, architectural historians and historians, we have had the honor and opportunity to study the panoply of American history. We have a special perspective. From our studies of plantations in the Deep South including slave quarters and African America cemeteries throughout Louisiana’s River Parishes, to our work at the Benjamin Banneker House in Baltimore County, to our recent documentary on the African American Jim Crow era Club Desire in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, to large excavations of immigrant communities in some of America’s greatest cities, we have had the unique opportunity to touch, feel and learn about our heritage. Through our excavations in Lower Mid-City New Orleans and in Baltimore’s Camden Yards, we have learned about our unique immigrant heritage and the process of acculturation and Americanization. We have seen first-hand what the playwright Israel Zangwill in 1908 called the American Melting Pot, and through the material remains of our ancestors we have discerned the process of Americanization. We have seen how immigrants became fully Americanized in a single generation, contributing mightily to the strength and diversity of our country. In New Orleans, we have observed archaeologically and historically the birth of a neighborhood settled by Free People of Color, Emancipated Slaves and Immigrants from Cuba, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Germany and other European countries. All of those people, including the first generation descendants of slaves, were working Americans who shared common aspirations for economic opportunity and decent lives for their families. As elsewhere across this country, they literally helped to build America. Through our work, we give voice to the untold stories of lives otherwise unrecorded in written history. We are their chroniclers. As such, we have a special responsibility to their memory. We also have a special responsibility to assume a role of leadership in telling their story.

 

In the aftermath of recent killings of black Americans and the calls for Justice and Equality that have ensued, let us reaffirm our commitment to the fundamental principles of fairness, accountability and a system that treats all with Equal Justice. On this 4th of July especially, let us also remember that we all stand on the shoulders of our Veterans who fought through all our wars so that we remain free. As a company, we reaffirm an American commitment of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, including racism. Through both our actions and our words, we recommit our efforts to honor and respect the dignity and diversity of the peoples who helped build our nation, including, if not especially, Native Americans, from whom so much was taken. As a company, let us remind ourselves and each other that through inclusiveness and diversity, our perspectives and contributions to American Heritage stewardship are strengthened mightily. Let us rededicate our collective efforts to promote Social and Economic Justice and inclusion, and to help focus the discussion through our work at America’s historic sites. As leaders in American Heritage stewardship, we have a special responsibility to do so.

 

The events of the past month have brought uncomfortable truths to the attention of the American public. Through our work, we have seen and felt the tangible remains and facts of many of those uncomfortable truths. But in their recognition, as in the protests we have seen across our nation, we should find hope. Hope for a better tomorrow for all of us and for our Nation. As Americans, we should know that we can achieve anything. Anything that we imagine can be attained. As a People, we are never afraid. When we experience a defeat, we simply redouble our efforts and achieve victory. Our mission as a company is clear and remains unchanged: To continue to tell the unblemished facts of American history, and to interpret those facts in a manner that respects the dignity and diversity of our people. We reaffirm the fundamental precepts and aspirations of Social and Economic Justice. We acclaim the enduring truth so beautifully expressed 244 years ago, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”