Our Staff

Leadership

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Robert L. Spear, Ph.D.

President

Dr. Robert L. Spear has been involved in Pacific archaeology since 1978. His doctoral dissertation was based on the analysis of lithic artifacts from Easter Island. He has over six months of field experience in the Caroline Islands of Micronesia. Since 1986, Dr. Spear has worked in the Hawaiian Islands. For four and a half years, he was the Project Director of the federally funded Interstate H-3 Highway project on O`ahu. Since late 1991, Dr. Spear has been the President and a Principle Investigator of Scientific Consultant Services, Inc. (SCS). In these roles, Dr. Spear has completed numerous projects including archaeological assessment, inventory surveys, data recovery, emergency burial treatment, and construction monitoring.


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Michael F. Dega, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Dega has conducted archaeological research in the Hawaiian Islands and Pacific Basin for twenty two years and for ten years in Southeast Asia, primarily in the Kingdom of Cambodia. His Ph. D. on Neolithic-period archaeological sites in eastern Cambodia was awarded from the University of Hawai`i – Manoa in 2001. Academic affiliations include research for the Naga Research Group and active membership in the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology, Society for American Archaeology, and the Center for Khmer Studies, among others. Research focuses on upland settlement models in the Hawaiian Islands, the Southeastern Asian Neolithic, formation processes, and archaeobotanical study. Geographical interests and fielldwork coducted in Southeast Asia, Polynesia, and South Asia. Dr. Dega is the Principle Investigator for SCS, overseeing much of the field work conducted by the company on all islands.


Oahu Staff

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Morgan Davis, M.A.

Oahu Island Manager

Ms. Davis has a B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked for the Hawaii State Historic Preservation Division for eight years on both Maui and Hawaii islands.


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Cathleen Dagher, B.A.

Senior Archaeologist

Ms. Dagher has worked in nearly every available capacity in Cultural Resource Management and Archaeology over the past 25 years. She has been with SCS for nine years, and has enjoyed over twelve years at the State Historic Preservation Division, and at the Bishop Museum. Cathy has experience with dozens of project supervisory and directory level posts on all the Hawaiian Islands.


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Guerin Tome, B.A.

Laboratory Director

Mr. Tome is the SCS laboratory director and oversees the processing and cataloging of incoming archaeological material. He has worked for SCS since September of 1999. His interests include food midden analysis, metal detecting, and military artifact analysis.


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Elizabeth Pestana, B.A.

Senior Archaeologist

Ms. Pestana has worked in Hawaiian CRM Archaeology for sixteen years. She is proficient in burial mitigation, archaeological survey, project directing, digital graphing, and laboratory analysis. Her interests include historic research, traditional cultural practices, and dark rites.


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Kepa Lyman, M.A.

Archaeologist

An avid weekend-warrior, Kepa holds degrees in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton and in Geography (GIS) from UH-Manoa. His research interests include archaeological computing, propaganda, fortifications, ruins, and the study of landscapes and memory.


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Jensen Nihei

Graphic Artist

Jensen has worked in the computer graphics industry since 1994, many of which were in the video game industry. He has worked on various titles for Playstation, Playstation 2, PC, Gameboy Advanced, Xbox and Xbox 360, while working for Konami Computer Entertainment Hawaii Inc., and as Lead Artist at Mobicore LLC. He is currently a graphic artist for Scientific Consultant Services, and an instructor teaching 3D computer graphics and game design at Iolani high school. Jensen is also a Co-Owner/ Art Director for Five by Five Studios LLC.


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Don Froning, Jr., M.A.

Archaeologist

Don was raised in Arkansas, but has lived in Hawaii since 1990. He has an M.A. in Maritime Studies from East Carolina University, and has supported terrestrial archaeology projects in Italy, and underwater archaeology projects in Hawaii, Pohnpei, and Bermuda. Don serves in the Marine Corps Reserve, and also teaches history courses at Windward Community College and Hawaii Pacific University.


Maui Staff

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Ian Bassford, B.A.

Maui Island Manager

Born and raised in upcountry Maui, schooled in Hawaii, Mr. Bassford has worked as an archaeologist for SCS since 2003. His interests include surfing, horticulture, and petroglyphs. His archaeological expertise has given him the opportunity view the numerous petroglyph sites that are largely undocumented on Maui.


Kauai Staff

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Alex Hazlett, Ph.D.

Kauai Island Manager

Raised on Kauai, Mr. Hazlett trained at Texas A&M in Nautical Archaeology before returning to Hawaii. He has done fieldwork in Galveston Bay, the Florida Keys, Cairo, and worked in Hawaiian Archaeology for the past seven years. His research interests include inter-island shipping, coast defense sites, ship construction, and piracy.


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Jim Powell, B.A.

Archaeologist

Jim has thirty years experience with Hawaiian and Micronesian Cultural Sites and specializes in the testing and monitoring of construction projects for private, state and federal clients.


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Milton Ching

Archaeologist

After retiring from 35 years at the State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, Mr. Ching has performed all aspects of archaeology monitoring, field work, inventory surveys, date recovery, site excavation and the proper treatment of human skeletal remains. Mr. Ching has expertise in the Hawaiian culture, providing research in archival documentations and family history. Mr. Ching is of part Hawaiian ancestry and a descendant from families on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island.


Hawaii Island Staff

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Glenn Escott, M.A.

Hawaii Island Manager

Mr. Escott manages SCS operations on Hawaii Island and has worked as project director, field supervisor, crew chief, and field archaelogist. He has an M.A. from UH-Manoa in anthropology.