Geraldine Aron, MS, President, Project Manager, Paleontological Principal Investigator
Paul C. Murphey, Ph.D., Vice President and Board Member, Vertebrate Paleontologist
Mitch Marken, Ph.D., Principal Archaeologist
Dr. 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.