About Us

The CRF's cultural resources management staff, including archaeologists, architectural historians, and other specialists, provide a wide variety of consulting services to meet client needs. We specialize in project compliance with historic preservation laws and regulations under federal, state, and local jurisdiction. Our staff is experienced in the full range of historic specialties, and each of our principal staff meets the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications (36 CFR 61) in their respective disciplines.

Our goal is to manage projects consistently and effectively to ensure the needs of the project are weighed appropriately against current environmental constraints as well as to facilitate engineering requirements to provide our clients with alternatives that represent the most cost-effective solutions.

CRF staff has the personnel, facilities, and equipment necessary to complete a variety of tasks in an efficient and timely manner including: project inventory, site mapping, excavation, NAGPRA assistance, historical research, identification and management of cultural resources as dictated by federal and state laws, determining eligibility of sites to the California Register of Historic Resources, the National Register of Historic Places, and as Traditional Cultural Properties, Ethnographic Consulting, and construction monitoring.

CRF has provided services for most of the tribal, federal, state, and local governments in Northern California and has completed numerous projects treating archaeological and historic resources in the Northern California region. The CRF team has also coordinated and managed a wide variety of projects throughout California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Great Basin.

By now you may be wondering, "What is CRM?" I invite you to look through our website to learn about CRM. Also, look through our CRF Brochure. After you have read the information, please feel free to call or email us at any time with questions or comments.


CRF in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology has administrative and research offices, and the Archaeology Research Laboratory space for processing cultural materials: cleaning, sorting, cataloging, and photographing collections. CRF computers have recently been upgraded with the newest version of Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, GIS/GPS, and data analysis software.

CRF Staff:

CRF knows that a team effort best addresses the challenges and opportunities offered by each project we work on. A project-management-based approach, efficient scheduling, staff continuity, and in-house analytical and GIS capabilities all contribute to our ability to undertake concurrent projects of varying size and complexity and complete those projects on time and within budget. At CRF, we understand that our staff is the foundation of our success. CRF has the ability to leverage our staff’s collective knowledge and expertise to provide creative solutions to our clients’ complex challenges. All personnel meet the professional standards described in Archaeology and Historic Preservation: Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines.

Cultural Resources Facility Interim Director

Marisol Cortes-Rincon, Ph.D.

Marisol is the head Archaeologist of the Department of Anthropology at HSU, Director of the Archaeology Research Lab in addition to serving as Interim Director of CRF. She is an experienced archaeologist with an active research program. She directs an intersite settlement survey project during the summer(s) under the auspices of the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project (PfBAP) located in northwestern Belize. She has worked on Historic Archaeological Projects in the northeast and in Texas and has worked in the local area since 2010. She is skilled in the use of mapping software such as Transit, Surfer, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Beyond archaeological theory and field archaeology, she finds much reward in teaching general anthropology courses. She believes that awareness of diverse cultural traditions and the principle of cultural relativism have great relevance for college students who live in increasingly globalized social and work environments.

Full-Time Archaeology Research Associates

Mark Castro, M.A.

Mark is an archaeologist and an alumnus of HSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. He has over 7 years of experience in California Archaeology and heritage management, and a Master’s degree in Cultural Resources Management from Sonoma State University. He began his career volunteering with CRF at the Falk town site in the Headwaters Reserve near Eureka, CA. He furthered his career doing archaeological fieldwork and collections management with BLM’s El Centro field office and the Eldorado National Forest. While a graduate student at Sonoma State, he worked at the Northwest Information Center where he became adept with CEQA and NEPA by completing CHRIS letters for planning agencies and other clients. His research interests include exchange networks in California Prehistory, the exploitation of perishable items by California tribes, especially in the Sierra Nevada and the greater Bay Area, as well as culture contact studies.

Byron Smith, M.A.

Byron Smith is a proud alumnus of Humboldt State University, who earned his M.A. in Anthropology, with an emphasis in Geoarchaeology in 2016.  Within the Cultural Resources Facility, he serves as one of three project leads who work to meet client’s cultural resources needs. Archaeological field work experience includes supervising excavations and surveys in Northern California, the Carolinas and Central America. Formal laboratory experience includes a Research Assistantship at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in North Carolina, and more recently, as a graduate student, he managed the Archaeology Research Laboratory at HSU. Byron enjoys working with students and has guest lectured, and taught workshops including, Methods in Archaeological Research, Soil Analysis, and Collections Archiving.

Jeremy McFarland, B.A.

Jeremy has four years of cultural resource and heritage management experience with prehistoric and historical resources in the Pacific Northwest and Northeastern California. He has worked for the US Forest Service as an archaeological technician and has continually worked for the Cultural Resource Facility at HSU, since 2015. Additionally, Jeremy completed a Geospatial Minor and Advance Geospatial Certificate while obtaining his undergraduate degree at HSU. He is proficient in various field and remote mapping techniques, information technology, and relational database management. Professional experience has developed through the federal, academic, and contract (CRM) environments. Jeremy is also the GIS Program Manager for the HSU Dos Hombres to Gran Cacao Archaeological Field School in Belize, Central America.

CRF Office Support Staff

Busler, Nancy, Project Budget Specialist

Nancy J. Busler has been with the Cultural Resources Facility for over 8 years as the program budget analyst and has over 38 years of campus experience.  After retiring from her 30 year position at the HSU Center for Indian Community Development she began working at the CRF, managing the contract budgets and working closely with the HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation. Nancy is responsible for all CRF financial reporting and personnel administration.

Baxter, Public Relations Liaison Officer

Baxter is the company´s first Public Relations Liaison Officer. Baxter has over 8 years of experience protecting CRF staff and guarding the equipment. His skills has proven invaluable for the company. He spends his days sleeping, lounging, and playing with his stuffed animal toys. Baxter is often at CRF’s meetings making sure everyone is behaving!

Research Assistants

Kelly Hughes, Senior Research Assistantkth9@humboldt.edu
Dita Krugerjmk129@humboldt.edu
Dylan Wicker


Part-Time Research Associates

Jerry Rohde, M.A.

Jarry Rhone is an historian and ethnographer. Having lived in, hiked through, and studied northwestern California for over 25 years, Jerry Rohde has been described as knowing Humboldt County “like the back of his hand.” Rohde has also conducted research in Sonoma, Mendocino, Del Norte, Siskiyou, Trinity, and Shasta counties, and is one of the few experts on the history of Klamath County, the only county ever established in California that no longer exists. Rohde’s work is known for: 1) extensive library and archival research, including the study of the unpublished field notes of such ethnographers as Alfred L. Kroeber, John Peabody Harrington, Pliny Earle Goddard, and C. Hart Merriam; 2) detailed field observation that makes extensive use of historical maps; 3) a clear, comprehensive, and interesting writing style that has been honed in the authoring of five books. For the last decade, Rohde has supplied local, state, federal, and tribal organizations with documents ranging from community history overviews to Indian geographical summaries to museum display text. The quality of Rohde’s ethnographic and historical reports can be summarized in three words: “readable and reliable.” 

Donald Verwayen, M.A., M.S., RPA

Don Verwayen is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with over seventeen years of experience surveying and recording the archeology of Northwest California. He has completed cultural resource investigations for the Bureau of Land Management, Caltrans, California State Parks, California Fish and Game and the National Park Service. Recently, for the Hoopa Valley Tribe he authored the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Fort Gaston adobe officers' quarters. For the Smith River Rancheria he has prepared an ethnographic and landscape study of Tolowa sacred places including a methodology for protecting these places under CEQA and NEPA; and for the Karuk Tribe, he was lead writer for a National Register nomination of the Orleans White Deerskin dancegrounds. His current focus is Native American traditional cultural properties, including natural and monumental landscapes, social construction of place, the idea of "inscription" of landscape (how people attach meanings to place), and related CEQA and NEPA issues. His interests extend to archaeological recordation of the contact period when the landscape was contested by mining camps, ranches, military posts and logging operations.


Jennifer Kaltjkalt@gmail.com
Courtney Ottocmo4@humboldt.edu
Kyle Wearkyle_wear@suddenlink.net
Students and Volunteers

Field and laboratory crew from the Cultural Resource Facility and the HSU Archaeology Laboratory are involved in a variety of projects. All crew members are trained in appropriate methods of field survey and lab analysis and are either pursuing or hold at least a B.A. degree in related fields. HSU students have the opportunity to participate in field projects and laboratory analysis. Students are trained in survey and excavation methodology, artifact analysis, data entry, and report writing. Resumes for technicians are available upon request.