Alan Hawkins, Team Captain (Research Archaeologist, OSA)
Hello, I am Alan Hawkins and a Project Archaeologist with the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist. I have been professionally involved in archaeology and cultural resource management since 1989. This experience has taken me throughout the Mississippi River Valley and the Midwest including Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin, as well as Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia. I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. My research interests include historic ceramics and glassware, and settlement pattern analysis. I have also served as the Iowa Archeological Society Membership Secretary since 2005 and Treasurer since 2007. On my down time, I enjoy biking and playing disc golf all around Iowa City and surrounding areas. This year will be my 7th consecutive year riding RAGBRAI and being part of Team Archaeology!
Mark Anderson, Rider (Research Archaeologist, OSA)
My name is Mark L. Anderson and I am a Project Archaeologist with the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, Highway Archaeology Program. I have been active in Midwest and Plains archaeology and cultural resource management since 1986. I began my academic career at the University of Oregon getting familiar with northwest coast archaeology, geology, and eastern religions and completed my undergrad and graduate studies in archaeology, geology, geography, and religious studies at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I have worked or had some kind of archaeological experience in Oregon, South Dakota, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa, as well as two seasons excavating Archaic period sites in Ontario, Canada. My research interests include the prehistory of the Midwest and northern Plains, the Archaic period of the upper Great Lakes, lithic studies, ancient technologies, flintknapping, GPS/GIS, aerial photographic remote sensing, and recently new forays into the use of the Scanning Electronic Microscope.
Elizabeth Reetz, Rider (Education Director, OSA)
Hello! I'm Elizabeth, Director of Education and Outreach at the OSA. I've been doing archaeology fieldwork and research in the Midwest on and off since 2000, but just moved to Iowa City less than 2 years ago to replace the much esteemed Lynn Alex after her retirement. Not only do I have a background in archaeology, but I have been an environmental educator for the past 4 years. I completed a second Masters (M.Ed. in Environmental Education) to gain credentials in curriculum building and outdoor education, with the ultimate goal of using archaeology to connect youth with nature. Throughout the year, look for me giving presentations across the state to schools and communities or find me on any of Iowa Archaeology's various social media sites. This will be my second RAGBRAI with Team Archaeology, but my first as a rider! Although I grew up in Sparta, WI, "The Bicycling Capital of America," I'm only a beginning cyclist. I'm looking forward to RAGBRAI as both a challenge and an accomplishment!
Nicholas Alhambra, Rider (Information Technology Assistant, OSA)
Hi, I'm Nick. I graduated from The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011. In fall 2012 I moved to Iowa City and started working at the Office of the State Archaeologist . My roles include IT support for the office, website development and management, and GIS work with archaeological site records. Outside of work, I enjoy listening to music, internet shopping, and working on or riding my bikes. My stable includes a single speed 29er, a road bike, and a 26" downhill bike. This will be my second time riding RAGBRAI for Team Archaeology.
Lara Noldner, Support Driver/Rider (Bioarchaeology Director, OSA)
Hi! I’m Lara, the OSA’s Bioarchaeology Director. I recently moved to Iowa thanks to this wonderful job opportunity. I’m happy to be here and excited that I will get to see a lot more of the state by participating in RAGBRAI! Up until now I have lived out West, so that’s where I gained the majority of my archaeological experience. I grew up and went to college in Wyoming, went to graduate school at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and right before I moved here, worked at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado. My dissertation research also took me to Belize, where I explored the distribution of labor within a Maya community that was made a Spanish mission in the mid-1500s. My research involves interpreting the activity patterns of people in the past from the ways the skeleton adapts to the biomechanical forces it experiences in a person’s everyday life. For fun, I love hiking and just being outside with my dogs.
John Doershuk, Support and Outreach (State Archaeologist, OSA)
Hello, I’m John Doershuk. I’ve been State Archaeologist of Iowa since 2007 and with the OSA at UI since 1995. I’ve had the good fortune to be involved with many fascinating archaeological projects around the state, and I’m eager to once again join Team Archaeology as we hit the road with RAGBRAI. Look for me and my colleagues in the UI Dare to Discover Mobile Museum at our EXPO booth and in all the overnight towns. We hope to connect with folks about Iowa’s rich archaeological past, the work of the UI Pentacrest Museums, and on-going UI research that enhances the life's of Iowans. When I’m not involved with archaeological work I enjoy spending time with my wife and our three kids and working our six acres outside Iowa City where we cut and split firewood, organically raise chickens, turkeys, and geese, and keep our fleet of “lawnmowers” (one alpaca and three goats) busy keeping the pastures trimmed. Ride safe!
Angela Collins, Graphic Designer (Research Archaeologist, OSA)
My name is Angela R. Collins and I am a Project Archaeologist with the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist as well as Team Archaeology Graphic Designer. I graduated from Colorado State University in 2000 with a B.A. and received a M.A. from the University of Iowa in 2006. I have worked with the OSA since 2001 as a field and lab technician and office illustrator. Since becoming a Project Archaeologist in 2006, I have led survey and excavation projects in Missouri and Iowa. My research interests include prehistoric ceramics and GIS spatial analysis. Occasionally, I have opportunities to apply my graphic and artistic skills to archaeological outreach endeavors. In my spare time, I enjoy casual bicycling, gardening, and any fun activity that includes my husband and two kids.
Mary De La Garza, Support and Outreach (Systems Administrator, OSA)
Mary De La Garza is the Systems Administrator and web master at the Office of the State Archaeologist. She has revolutionized the technical side of the OSA, masterminding the transition to a new server and maintaining the current network. Mary is the team scout and takes her camera as she rides this year's bike route... in her car. In her spare time, she plays fetch with her dogs and frolics with her cats through the daisies.
Megan Stroh, Outreach (Curator of Archaeology, Sanford Museum; President of the Iowa Archeological Society)
Hi all! My name is Megan and I just moved from Minnesota to Iowa a year ago to work for the Sanford Museum. At the museum, I help curate the archaeological collections, host archaeology field schools, and conduct educational programs for the public and students. I am also kept busy organizing the Northwest Chapter of the Iowa Archaeological Society meetings. I have a Master’s Degree in Cultural Resource Management, with a focus in archaeology from St. Cloud State University. My background research has focused on stone tool analysis and Archaic copper workers in the Great Lakes. However, since moving to Iowa, I have become very interested in the transition from the Woodland Period to the diverse Late Prehistoric cultures (especially the Mill Creek Culture). I will be joining the RAGBRAI team in Sioux City to help promote Northwest Iowa Archaeology and the Sanford Museum.