Staff
The Paleo Solutions team consists of trained technical staff possessing extensive experience working on Permitted Projects under the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, California State Parks, Military Bases (National Guard, Army, and Marine Bases) and on Private Property.  Our staff is familiar with construction site protocol and etiquette, the various types of equipment operating on construction sites, operator communication, and personnel safety. All staff members are educated and continue to receive professional training in the multidisciplinary fields of paleontology, archaeology and sustainable practices for future preservation of our natural history.

Geraldine Aron, MS, President, Project Manager, Paleontological Principal Investigator

Geraldine AronMs. Aron has fifteen years of professional experience in paleontology research, administrations, and management. Ms. Aron’s expertise is in Geology and she has a B.S. and M.S. (June 2007) in the Geological Sciences from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Her master’s is in Geological Sciences with an emphasis in Paleontology. Geraldine has taught geology and paleontology courses, and is responsible for maintaining the overall scientific integrity and oversight of all Paleo Solutions, Inc. projects. This includes all aspects of company management, field paleontology, field archaeology, and geology including: treatment plans, survey, salvage, measuring and drafting stratigraphic sections, geological mapping, sample collection, and paleontological and archaeological monitoring, budget oversight, managing, training, and coordinating the tasks of field staff, and developing cliental relationships. Her career also included an appointment as a staff paleontologist at the San Diego Natural History Museum, where she gained valuable experience both in the field and in specimen preparation. Geraldine is the Principal Investigator on Paleo Solutions California, Nevada, and Arizona BLM permits, USFS Permits, and State Park Permits. Ms. Aron is a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), Geological Society of America (GSA), Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP), and Friends of the Pleistocene (FOP).

Paul C. Murphey, Ph.D., Vice President and Board Member, Vertebrate Paleontologist

Paul MurpheyDr. Paul C. Murphey has been actively involved in paleontological research and impact mitigation projects in the western United States for approximately 20 years. Dr. Murphey earned a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences with an emphasis in vertebrate paleontology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001. His pre- and post-doctoral professional experience includes appointments as the Collections Manager of Paleontology, Geology and Osteology in the Geological Section of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History; instructor in the Museum and Field Studies Program at the University of Colorado Museum, and graduate faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado. Subsequently, he was an Associate Curator in the Department of Paleontology and the Associate Director of the Department of PaleoServices at the San Diego Natural History Museum. He is currently a research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Department of Paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum. He was the Principal Paleontologist of the Paleontological Resources Program at SWCA Environmental Consultants for 11 years, and has been the Director and Principal Investigator for Rocky Mountain Paleontology since 2000. During the course of his 20 years working in museums and as a paleontological resource consultant, he has earned an excellent reputation with the BLM, the USFS, state agencies, regional natural history museums, and the environmental consulting industry due to his paleontological knowledge, high scientific standards, and passion for the fossil record and geology of the western United States

Mitch Marken, Ph.D., Principal Archaeologist

Mitch Marken Ph.D., Principal ArchaeologistDr. Marken has over 26 years of maritime archaeological and cultural resources management experience. He earned his doctorate in Maritime Archaeology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 1991. Since 1990, he has managed large-scale cultural resource and environmental projects for public utility companies, energy producers, mining firms, and private developers throughout the western United States. Dr. Marken has completed environmental compliance training with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Advanced Section 106 Compliance Training from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. He has worked extensively in the SW United States in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii, as well as in Arizona and Florida.

He has worked with state governments concerning the preservation and exploration of underwater sites, including shipwrecks, and he is the primary author of the state of Minnesota’s Submerged Cultural Resource Plan, and the Cultural Resources Sections of (ONMS) Final Environmental Impact Statement, the Final Management Plans and the Final Rule for Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries. His University Press of Florida book entitled “Pottery from Spanish Shipwrecks: 1500-1800” is used as a standard reference. Furthermore, Dr. Marken has coordinated and worked with regulatory agencies in impact analysis and mitigation planning, on the development of Programmatic Agreements and Memorandums of Agreements, including the U.S. Navy for Treasure Island, the U.S. Army in Hawaii, and the Department of Defense at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is also experienced in facilitating Native American consultation, including SB 18, and helping Native American tribes educate local agencies with regards to traditional cultural properties.

Andrew Hernandez, Operations Manager

Andrew For the past ten years, Andrew managed and was responsible for all aspects of finance, marketing, information technology, contract administration, proposal development, and risk management at a small firm within the AEC industry.  He earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Chapman University and his MBA in Business Administration, Corporate Finance at California State University, Fullerton graduating with magna cum laude honors from both universities. He maintains a thorough understanding of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), General Service Administration policies and procedures (GSA Schedule), federal government invoicing platforms (WAWF, IPP), time and materials, firm fixed price (FFP), and cost plus contracting.  Though not a paleontologist or archaeologist, he loves being involved in the environmental services industry, especially in the preservation of our natural and cultural resources. At Paleo Solutions, Andrew is tasked with developing and implementing marketing strategies, proposal management, guidance and mentoring of accounting operations, and conducting business development generation, as well as data mining research in order to find and solicit target market and sector leaders.

Meghan Lamb, Assistant Project Manager, Register Professional Archaeologist (RPA)

Meghan LambMeghan Lamb has been working with Paleo Solutions since March 2011. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, a Post-Baccalaureate in Forensic Identification from California State University, Chico and received her M.A. in March of 2011 at California State University, Los Angeles with a concentration in Forensic Anthropology. She is a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) in California. Her specialties include Human Osteology, Forensic Anthropology, Field Archaeology, and Skeletal Illustration. Since joining Paleo Solutions she has expanded her knowledge on Geology and Paleontological Monitoring and is a Field Supervisor on multiple projects. Meghan has interned at the Illinois State Police Division of Forensic Services in Carbondale, IL in 2004, the Investigative Services Department at the Department of Justice in Sacramento, CA in 2006 and at the Physical Anthropology Human Identification Laboratory at California State University, Chico in 2007. She has participated in the Skeletal Recovery Workshop provided by the Los Angeles County Coroner and was a volunteer for skeletal recovery searches in Los Angeles County 2008-2009. She has experience in archaeological fieldwork in China Lake, CA and in the excavation of skeletal remains. Her illustrations were used in “The Use (and Abuse) of the Sacrum in Sex Determination” by Miller E. and Ousley S.

 Courtney Richards, Field Supervisor/Assistant Project Manager

Courtney RichardsCourtney Richards is a Field Supervisor and Assistant Project Manager at Rocky Mountain Paleo Solutions.  She earned a M.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in paleontology from Marshall University in 2011, and a B.S. in Earth and Space Sciences from the University of Washington in 2006.  Prior professional experience includes appointments as the Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Assistant at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and Paleontology Supervisor and Assistant Field Director at Cogstone Resource Management Inc.  Ms. Richards is a qualified paleontologist with research, field and laboratory experience.  She has conducted paleontological field work in Mesozoic, Eocene, and Oligocene formations in Montana, Utah, and Wyoming, and Pleistocene and Pliocene deposits throughout California.  She is experienced with the supervision of field crews, conducting paleontological surveys, geologic mapping, fossil salvage and laboratory preparation, construction monitoring, and sample processing in accordance with project-related paleontological mitigation plans for transportation, water, energy, and development projects.  She is an extremely valuable addition to the Rocky Mountain Paleo Solutions team with her experience and breadth of knowledge.

Jeff Hathaway, Professional Registered Geologist and Safety Officer

Jeff HathawayJeff Hathaway joined the Paleo Solution team in 2009 as a field paleontologist. During his time with Paleo Solutions, Jeff has been a part of several projects, which have given him a great deal of experience with monitoring and field work, salvage, and micro fossil collection. In addition to paleontological field work, Jeff has also assisted in technical writing, data collection, and the production of geological and paleontological maps with the aid of GIS and graphic design software. Jeff holds a M.S. in Geology as well as a B.S. in Chemistry from California State University at Fullerton. Jeff also possesses geotechnical experience working as a Geologist for Pacific Soils Engineering, Inc. where he achieved status as a Professional Geologist (PG) by the California State Board for Geologist and Geophysicists.

Mark Deering, GIS Specialist and Paleontological/Archaeological Field Crew Supervisor

Mark DeeringMark Deering possesses extensive experience in both the Archaeological and Paleontological fields. He has been with Paleo Solutions since 2010 and is a skilled mentor in training technicians in artifact and fossil identification, sorting, and fossil preparation. He is also proficient at, and aids other employees with ArcView GIS and Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA) Software. Mark produces maps and designs database models for inventory and mapping and has managed large systems with over 100,000 records and over 500,000 items. Mark’s attention to detail is exemplary and is a great addition to our firm. Additionally he has worked with Lawrence Barnes at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History assisting with the preparation of many marine vertebrate fossils. Mark holds a M.A. Philosophy from the Pennsylvania State University.

Maria Espinoza, Paleontological/Archaeological Field Technician

Maria EspinozaMaria Espinoza has over thirteen years of experience working in the Cultural, Paleontological and Natural Resource Management field and has been with Paleo Solutions since 2004. She is well versed in the paleontological and archaeological fields including documenting and excavating of fossil localities, archaeological sites, fossil recovery, and sample collection. Her project experiences range from the Southwest, throughout southern California and the Central Valley, including San Nicolas Island Naval Base. Maria is certified by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to conduct archaeological and paleontological monitoring. She is also approved by the California Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct archaeological surveys and monitoring. Maria is a fast and efficient field technician with an excellent understanding of construction site methodologies. She is also 40 hour HAZWOPER certified.

Cecilio Garcia, Paleontological/Archaeological Field Technician

Cecilio GarciaCecilio has been with Paleo Solutions since 2010. He received his B.A. in Anthropology in 2010 at the University of California, San Diego, with a concentration in Archaeology. He has monitoring experience on both historic and prehistoric archaeological projects, as well as work on excavations, field mapping, surveys, laboratory curation, and cataloguing within the United States and abroad. He also is well versed in geology and has experience tutoring and mentoring students in geological sciences. Since joining Paleo Solutions he has expanded his knowledge on local geology and is working as a field technician for both archaeological and paleontological monitoring. He also volunteers at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.

Paul Nesbit, Paleontological Field Technician and Assistant GIS Specialist

Paul Nesbit attended California State University, Long Beach and attained a B.S. in Geology and a B.A. in Geography with an emphasis on Physical Geography and Geographic Information Systems - GIS (December 2009). His field experience includes most of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. Since joining Paleo Solutions, he has worked as a paleontological field technician on numerous projects. He is also fully versed in GIS technology and has both completed GIS work for Paleo Solutions, and taught others to use GIS programs and equipment. He is currently in the process of obtaining his Masters in Geography (GIS) at California State University, Long Beach.

Jennifer Peterson, Paleontological/Archaeological Field Technician

Jennifer PetersonJennifer Peterson has been with Paleo Solutions since February 2012 and has experience in both archaeological and paleontological consulting. She received her bachelor of arts in anthropology with a minor in geological sciences in 2012 from San Diego State University. She joined Paleo Solutions with previous experience including historical archaeology at the Whaley House in San Diego as well as zooarchaeology and vertebrate paleontology while working at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Jennifer is a valued archaeological and paleontological field technician with substantial contributions in many aspects including surveying, recording, excavating, monitoring and third party compliance.

Joseph Raum, Paleontological Field Technician

Joseph RaumJoseph Raum is a key member of our staff and has been with Paleo Solutions since 2010 and has proven to be an excellent paleontological monitor as well as laboratory assistant and report author. He obtained a B.S. (May 2008) in Geology from the University of Maryland in College Park (UMD), where he studied paleontology under Dr. John Merck and Dr. Thomas Holtz. Additionally, he completed his thesis under Dr. Aaron Martin and was a coauthor on an abstract presented at the GSA Northeast-Southeast section meeting in 2010, entitled Constraints on Depositional Ages of Maryland Piedmont Rocks from Detrital Zircon U/Pb Dating. Along with paleontology, Joseph has interests in groundwater and environmental geologic studies.  

Barbara Webster, Archaeological Field Technician and Assistant GIS Specialist

Barbara WebsterBarbara received her B.A. in 2009 at Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington with a double major in History and Spanish. She then completed a graduate level field school with the Utah State University, in Logan. She has monitoring experience on archaeological and paleontological projects, as well as both historic and prehistoric archaeology experience in the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest near Elko, Nevada. Her experience also includes work at the Smithsonian Institute and the US Park Service. Her knowledge of GIS includes creating and working with geodatabases, Spatial Database Engines (SDEs), georeferencing, data digitization, differential correction, SQL, and map production. She also has extensive experience preparing geodatabases for field data collection. This includes experience with ArcPad, TerraSync, Trimble Geo XTs, Trimble Geo XHs, and Trimble Juno STs. Since joining Paleo Solutions she has expanded her knowledge in geology and paleontology, and works as an archaeological and paleontological field technician as well as mapping and database management.