Our Staff


Robert L. Spear, Ph.D.


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.

Michael F. Dega, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Dega has conducted archaeological research in the Hawaiian Islands, western Pacific Basin, and Southeast Asia for twenty-seven years. His Ph. D. on Neolithic-period archaeological sites in eastern Cambodia was awarded from the University of Hawai`i – Manoa in 2001. Affiliations include the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology, World Archaeological Congress and the Society for American Archaeology, among others. Research focuses on upland settlement models in the Hawaiian Islands, early colonization and WWII-era sites in the Marianas Islands, and site formation processes. Dr. Dega is the Principal Investigator for SCS, overseeing much of the field work conducted by the company on all islands.

Oahu Staff

Alex Hazlett, Ph.D.

Oahu Island Manager

Raised on Kauai, Dr. 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 Hawaii. His research interests include inter-island shipping, coastal defense sites, ship construction, and piracy.

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.

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 since 2005, 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.

Elizabeth Chandler, B.A.

Senior Archaeologist

Mrs. Chandler has worked for SCS since 1997. She is proficient in burial mitigation, archaeological survey, project directing, and laboratory analysis. Her interests include historic research, traditional cultural practices, and dark rites.

Pavel Stankov, M.A.


Stankov brings his experience in academic and journalistic writing and education to ensure that SCS reports meet the highest professional standards. He is pursuing a doctorate in Philosophy at UH Mānoa.

Gloria C. A. Lee

Archaeological Technical Writer

With degrees in Anthropology and Museum Management, Gloria has held positions in interpretation, education, and visitor services at diverse museums and historic sites in Louisiana, South Carolina, Connecticut, New York, Georgia, and Virginia, including a decade with the National Park Service. She has also served as the Marketing Director and Commercial Sponsorship Coordinator for the U.S. Navy in Singapore.

Chong Jin

Archaeological Technical Writer

Alondra Garcia Verdugo


David Stielow


Suarra Baker


Jensen Nihei

Graphic Artist

Jensen has worked in the computer graphics industry since 1994. He has worked for Konami Computer Entertainment Hawaii Inc., and as Lead Artist at Mobicore LLC. He is currently a graphic artist for SCS. Jensen is also a Co-Owner & Art Director for Five by Five, LLC.

Kaleiohu Lee

Drafter & Web Person

Mr. Lee is a digital media professional and Unity developer. His work can be found on his website Imua.com which he has owned and maintained since the 90s. He is also a Co-Owner and Creative Director for Five by Five, LLC.

April Young

Office Manager

Maui Staff

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.

Derek Butler, B.A.


Trevor Iliff, B.A.


Hugh Coflin


Kauai Staff

Jim Powell, B.A.


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.

Hawaii Island Staff

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.