Chris has more than two decades of experience in archaeology and cultural resources in a range of environments including coastal, fluvial, lacustrine, and urban settings. He manages projects ranging in scope from reconnaissance surveys to data recovery to construction monitoring.

1. ​​What is your favorite ESA moment/memory so far?
I always look forward to the annual holiday ornament exchange in the Seattle office!

​2. What does it mean to you to be part of an employee-owned company?
I love being at a company where we work for our clients and ourselves. Being able to choose the types of projects we work on is energizing.

3. What is your hidden or special talent(s)?
​I have Hitchhiker’s thumb (distal hyperextensibility) so I mop the floor with everyone in thumb wrestling.

4. If you had one free hour each day, how would you use it?
Finish reading Shelby Foote’s Civil War history — all 2847 pages!

5. If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Speaks fluent sarcasm, proceed with caution.

6. What is the greatest bit of advice a parent or mentor has given you?
Be kind to people on the way up; you’ll meet the same people on the way down.

7. What are three skills that you bring to the ESA team? In other words, what should colleagues know to reach out to you about?

  • ​Creativity
  • Resilience
  • Adaptability

8. Describe your role at ESA and the type of work you do.
As cultural resources business group director, my role is to facilitate our team’s success. Make sure they have the resources and support they need, and then stay out of their way!

9. Have you had the opportunity to work on any career-defining projects?
I was part of an American-Russian-Japanese human-biocomplexity expedition to the Kuril Islands in 2000. That experience taught me a whole bunch about remaining flexible when doing archaeology – a skill that is important in my job at ESA.

Chris with his kids before descending into an Austrian salt mine.