Ethnoscience's strength is its personnel. Our staff has over 116 years of combined experience and are capable of dealing with a vast range of cultural resource management issues, including all aspects of Section 106 compliance. Our supervisory staff includes three MA-level archaeologists, one MA-level historian, and one BA-level archaeologist. Each supervisor meets or exceeds the professional qualifications required by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the Qualification Standards of 32 CFR Part 7.8. Our support staff includes a GIS specialist and an editor.
Principal Investigator/Owner (MA Anthropology)
Lynelle Peterson is the owner of and principal investigator for Ethnoscience. She has over 35 years of experience supervising cultural resource investigations. She has worked throughout the Plains and has experience in both historic and prehistoric archaeology. Her areas of expertise are Northern Plains prehistory, historic archaeology (1820-1880), and stone ring archaeology. Ms. Peterson has supervised hundreds of survey, testing and mitigation projects and has probably investigated more stone ring sites than any other individual in North Dakota or Montana. In addition to cultural resource inventories, testing and mitigation, Ms. Peterson has participated in the development of Cultural Resource Overviews, Environmental Impact Statements, Cultural Impact Assessments, FERC relicensing, Management Plans, as well as MOAs, MOUs, and PMOAs. She maintains a good working relationship with the tribes of North Dakota and Montana and is an adopted member of the Flint Knife clan of the Hidatsa.
Senior Historian (MA History, MLIS Library and Information Science)
Blain Fandrich is senior historian and project director for Ethnoscience. He has over 33 years of experience in cultural resource management work. Field experience includes work in the Northwestern Plains cultural area of eastern Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming; the Northern Plateau cultural area of northwest Montana, northern Idaho and eastern Washington; and the Great Basin cultural area of southwest Montana, southern Idaho, and Utah. He is skilled in all aspects of Section 106 and Section 4(f) compliance. Mr. Fandrich has extensive experience in completing cultural resource documentation, evaluation, mitigation, and Native American consultation projects. He has authored or contributed to numerous cultural resource reports, including environmental impact statements, cultural impact assessments, cultural resource inventories, site evaluations, site testing, site mitigations, district analyses, histories, ethnographies, Traditional Cultural Property studies, HABS/HAER documentation, and NRHP nominations. Mr. Fandrich has also participated in Native American consultation projects in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. He has worked with elders and cultural representatives of the Arapaho, Arikara, Assiniboine, Blackfoot, Chippewa, Cree, Crow, Gros Ventre, Hidatsa, Kalispel, Kootenai, Mandan, Northern Cheyenne, Salish, Shoshone, and Sioux Tribes.
Archaeologist (MA Anthropology, MS Geography)
Brenna Moloney is a field director for Ethnoscience who has worked in cultural resource management since 2009. She has extensive experience conducting literature reviews, archival research, curating historical archaeological collections, and assessing resources for NRHP eligibility. Her areas of focus are historical archaeology, architectural history, and historic preservation planning. She has worked on projects in Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Maryland, Virginia, and the West Indies. Ms. Moloney has researched historic iron mining in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has identified and recorded historic gold mining features in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. This includes placer mines, shafts, prospecting pits, camps, and cabins. She also curated a large archaeological collection associated with late nineteenth century mining in the city of Deadwood, South Dakota, as well as documented miner’s cottages in Deadwood and Lead. She is knowledgeable in the use of GPS, ArcGIS, and Survey 123.
Archaeologist (MA Archaeology)
Max Lopez is a field director for Ethnoscience who has been doing archaeological fieldwork since 2015. He has conducted cultural resource surveys in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Virginia, British Columbia, and Ireland. His experience includes cultural resource inventory, site identification and recording, site testing, NRHP eligibility evaluation, site mitigation. He is also knowlegable in the use of GPS, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and remote sensing equipment.
Archaeologist (BS Anthropology)
Scott Wagers is a crew chief for Ethnoscience who has over 24 years of experience doing prehistoric and historic archaeology. His areas of expertise include cultural resource inventory, site identification and recording, archival research, deed record searches, site testing, NRHP eligibility evaluation, and site mitigating. Mr. Wagers is a proficient fieldcrew manager who has diverse experience on projects in Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Idaho, Washington, Minnesota, Illinois, Utah, California, and Ireland. He has authored or contributed to numerous technical reports and has published peer reviewed articles in the Historical Archaeology Journal (Society for Historical Archaeology) and the Archaeological Record (Society for American Archaeology). He has also presented papers at the conferences of the McLean County Black History Project, the Ethnic Identities History Conference, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, the Society for Historical Archaeology, and the Montana Archaeological Society.
GIS Specialist (GIS Certificate/BS Anthropology)
Gabe Kenton is a geographic information systems (GIS) specialist and archaeologist. In addition to his GIS experience, he has six years of archaeology field experience that give him an intuitive understanding of cultural resource GIS needs. His responsibilities include the creation of maps, preparation of global positioning system (GPS) units for field use, writing of ethnographic reports, and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) records searches.