Directors

Dr. Chris Fisher - The Earth Archive

Dr. Chris Fisher

Founder & Director of the Earth Archive
Chris Fisher is an archaeologist, National Geographic Explorer, and Professor of Anthropology at Colorado State University. He is the Director for the Center of Archeology & Remote Sensing (CARS).

Chris has performed fieldwork throughout Latin America, Europe, and North America. His work is featured in the New York Times Bestselling Book, The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston.

He founded the Earth Archive out of his experiences using remote sensing technologies in Mexico & Honduras to better understand the causes and consequences of urbanism and environmental change.
Dr. Steve Leisz - The Earth Archive

Dr. Steve Leisz

Co-Director of the Earth Archive
Dr. Steve Leisz is a geographer & Associate Professor at Colorado State University. He is the Director of the Remote Sensing and Land Change Science Laboratory and Co-Director for the Center of Archeology & Remote Sensing (CARS).

His research uses LiDAR, medium and high resolution satellite imagery, and derived digital elevation models integrated with archaeological fieldwork to investigate the drivers of land change.

Dr. Leisz’s work has been funded by the NASA Space Archaeology program and the National Science Foundation.
The Earth Archive Regional Coordinators
Colorado State University will serve as the official academic partner for the Earth Archive Foundation with a distinct internal governance system. The purpose of the Colorado based center will be to channel and direct and manage potential Federal research funding toward Earth Archive projects.
Dr. Eduardo Neves - The Earth Archive

Dr. Eduardo Neves - Brazil

Eduardo Góes Neves, is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He received a BA in History at theUniversity of São Paulo and a MA and PhD in Anthropology at Indiana University.From 1995 to 2010, Eduardo directed the Central Amazon Project in the BrazilianAmazon.

He is a past president of the Brazilian Archaeological Society, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society of American Archaeology, and has been visiting professor in several universities in the Americas andEurope. .  
Dr. James Zeidler - The Earth Archive

Dr. James Zeidler – Ecuador

James A. Zeidler,Ph.D., is an Emeritus Research Scientist at Colorado State University. His principal interests lie in South American prehistory and ethnography, with special emphasis on the archaeology of coastal Ecuador.

His current archaeological research focuses on the Jama River Valley of northern Manabí Province where he has documented a long stratigraphic record of human settlement spanning from Formative Period times through a long tradition of Jama-Coaqueculture extending up to the Spanish Conquest.
Dr. Carla Jaimes Betancourt - The Earth Archive

Dr. Carla Jaimes Betancourt – Bolivia

Is a lecturer at the Department for the Anthropology of the Americas. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany. My research is focused on complex societies of the southwest Amazon, expansion and ethnogenesis processes in the southern lowlands of South America, and cultural heritage.

I defined the Ceramic Sequence and functional Differences of ceramics from the monumental mounds and Iténez Region, Border Bolivia / Brazil.
Francisco Forero - The Earth Archive

Francisco Forero-Bonell – Colombia

is an entrepreneur, tech enthusiast, photographer, and conservationist Francisco is the founder and director of Fundación Ecoplanet whose mission is to understand and preserve the natural environments of Colombia.

Francisco is also the producer and director of the widely acclaimed film ‘Colombia: Wild Magic and has worked for several years in and around Chiribiquete Park documenting natural landscapes and rock art.
Colorado State University Academic partners
Colorado State University University Is the official academic partner for the Earth Archive Foundation with a distinct internal governance system. The purpose of the Colorado based center will be to channel and direct and manage potential Federal research funding toward Earth Archive projects.
Dr. Meghan Suter - The Earth Archive

Dr. Meghan Suter

serves as the Director of the Research Acceleration Office at Colorado State University. Meghan has over 15 years’ experience in technology research, development, translation, and commercialization.

Prior to her return to academia, Meghan founded and provided technical leadership to several startup companies focused on bioproduct commercialization.
Dr. Sangmi Lee Pallickara - The Earth Archive

Dr. Sangmi Lee Pallickara

is a computer scientist and Associate Professor at Colorado State University. Her research interests are in the area of Big Data for the sciences with an emphasis on issues related to predictive analytics, storage, retrievals, and metadata management.

Her research is funded through grants from the NSF, Department of Homeland Security, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the Environmental Defense Fund, Amazon, and HP.
Dr. Shrideep Pallickara - The Earth Archive

Dr. Shrideep Pallickara

is a computer scientist and Professor at Colorado State University. His research encompasses methodological and algorithmic innovations in three broad areas: (1) spatiotemporal data management and analytics, (2) file systems, and (3) stream processing for Internet-of-Things and Cyber Physical Systems settings.

Systems software resulting from these research efforts have been deployed in domains such as brain computer interfaces, epidemiology, earthquake science, environmental and ecological monitoring, health care systems, high energy physics, defense applications, geosciences, GIS, and commercial internet conferencing systems.
Dr. Stephen C. Haynes - The Earth Archive

Dr. Stephen C. Haynes

is a computer scientist and Professor at Colorado State University.

His research is based in the desire to use innovative technologies to solve real business problems. He has developed theories and implemented systems to help groups with communication and decision-making, using concepts such as shared cognition, collaborative drawing, group brainstorming, concurrent issue surfacing/consolidation, consensus building, choice, pattern recognition

Directors

Dr. Chris Fisher - The Earth Archive

Dr. Chris Fisher

Founder & Director of the Earth Archive
Chris Fisher is an archaeologist, National Geographic Explorer, and Professor of Anthropology at Colorado State University. He is the Director for the Center of Archeology & Remote Sensing (CARS).

Chris has performed fieldwork throughout Latin America, Europe, and North America. His work is featured in the New York Times Bestselling Book, The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston.

He founded the Earth Archive out of his experiences using remote sensing technologies in Mexico & Honduras to better understand the causes and consequences of urbanism and environmental change.
Dr. Steve Leisz - The Earth Archive

Dr. Steve Leisz

Co-Director of the Earth Archive
Dr. Steve Leisz is a geographer & Associate Professor at Colorado State University. He is the Director of the Remote Sensing and Land Change Science Laboratory and Co-Director for the Center of Archeology & Remote Sensing (CARS).

His research uses LiDAR, medium and high resolution satellite imagery, and derived digital elevation models integrated with archaeological fieldwork to investigate the drivers of land change.

Dr. Leisz’s work has been funded by the NASA Space Archaeology program and the National Science Foundation.
Advisory Board
Mark Barounos - The Earth Archive

Mark Barounos

30 Years Experience in Business Development and Start-up Sales Generation.

Serial Entrepreneur with 2 successful exits
Senior Business Development Role at HP on West Coast
Extensively Connected in Infrastructure, Energy & Communications Sectors in the USA and beyond
Peter Atalla - The Earth Archive

Cheryl Ginyard -Jones

Is the Head of EnergyTransition and Digital for the AmericasAt Worley. Cheryl has a passion for utilizing disruptive technologies to transform traditional business models.

She has extensive experience in leading strategy, operations, business development, and finance serving multiple industries including Oil and Gas,Chemicals, Industrial Products, and Information Technology. She currently also serves as Managing Director at ECIT Group LLC
Ron Chapple - The Earth Archive

Ron Chapple

has over 30 years flying in helicopters creating images, video, and LiDAR. As founder of GEO1 and Aerial Filmworks, Ron continually invests in new  technology, and explores the optimal methodology for processing and analyzing remote sensing data.

Ron has won an Emmy Award for his aerial work on a PBS series, contributed artwork to the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum, and shared a Pulitzer Prize for a multi-disciplinary video and LiDAR project with USA Today.
Douglas Preston - The Earth Archive

Douglas Preston

is an American journalist and author. Although he is best known for his thrillers in collaboration with Lincoln Child (including the Agent Pendergast series and Gideon Crew series), he has also written six solo novels, including the Wyman Ford series and a novel entitled Jennie, which was made into a movie by Disney, and the Lost City of the Monkey God.

He has authored a half-dozen non-fiction books on science and exploration and writes occasionally for The New Yorker, Smithsonian, and other magazines.
William Sarni - The Earth Archive

William Sarni

Will is an internationally recognizedthought leader on water strategy and innovation. He has authored numerous booksand articles and presented on: the value of water, innovations indigital water technology, the circular economy, and the energy-water-foodnexus.

Prior to Water Foundry Will was a Managing Director at DeloitteConsulting and founded and led the water strategy practice. He was the founderand CEO of DOMANI, a sustainability strategy firm.
Peter Atalla - The Earth Archive

Peter Atalla

Peter is a technology entrepreneur with 2 successful exits. He has been in the mapping industry for 16 years and has managed large scale mapping projects for the largest technology company in the world as Program Director.

Previously he was CEO and founder of Navmii a navigation and mapping company with over 30million users that mapped 180 countries.  Prior to this he grew his previous company DataArt, to over 500 people before exiting. Peter has a degree in Applied Physics from NTU
Peter Atalla - The Earth Archive

Girish Joshi

An engineer by training, a marketer by profession, Girish is a growth leader who loves to bridge the gap between challenges and solutions. His experience spans 24 years and 3 continents, all aspects of data and media, but his real passion is leveraging knowledge and connects, to bring viable solutions that impact human society.

He is passionate about everything related to automobiles and dogs, and splits his time between US and India.

Regional Coordinators

Dr. Eduardo Neves - The Earth Archive

Dr. Eduardo Neves - Brazil

Eduardo Góes Neves, is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He received a BA in History at theUniversity of São Paulo and a MA and PhD in Anthropology at Indiana University.From 1995 to 2010, Eduardo directed the Central Amazon Project in the BrazilianAmazon.

He is a past president of the Brazilian Archaeological Society, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society of American Archaeology, and has been visiting professor in several universities in the Americas andEurope. .  
Dr. James Zeidler - The Earth Archive

Dr. James Zeidler – Ecuador

James A. Zeidler,Ph.D., is an Emeritus Research Scientist at Colorado State University. His principal interests lie in South American prehistory and ethnography, with special emphasis on the archaeology of coastal Ecuador.

His current archaeological research focuses on the Jama River Valley of northern Manabí Province where he has documented a long stratigraphic record of human settlement spanning from Formative Period times through a long tradition of Jama-Coaqueculture extending up to the Spanish Conquest.
Dr. Carla Jaimes Betancourt - The Earth Archive

Dr. Carla Jaimes Betancourt – Bolivia

Is a lecturer at the Department for the Anthropology of the Americas. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany. My research is focused on complex societies of the southwest Amazon, expansion and ethnogenesis processes in the southern lowlands of South America, and cultural heritage.

I defined the Ceramic Sequence and functional Differences of ceramics from the monumental mounds and Iténez Region, Border Bolivia / Brazil.
Francisco Forero - The Earth Archive

Francisco Forero-Bonell – Colombia

is an entrepreneur, tech enthusiast, photographer, and conservationist Francisco is the founder and director of Fundación Ecoplanet whose mission is to understand and preserve the natural environments of Colombia.

Francisco is also the producer and director of the widely acclaimed film ‘Colombia: Wild Magic and has worked for several years in and around Chiribiquete Park documenting natural landscapes and rock art.
Francisco Forero - The Earth Archive

Dr. Aldo Bolaños – Peru  

Is an archaeologist at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, specializing in landscape, environment and heritage issues. He is currently director of the Andean Landscape Observatory.

He participated in various archaeological research projects in the coast, mountains and jungle of Peru and in the development of management plans (Kuelap and surroundings, 2006; Chankillo, 2017) for World Heritage. He also Coordinated the formulation of theArchaeological Reserves  for Nasca and Palpa.
Francisco Forero - The Earth Archive

Dr. Rafael Angel Gassón– Venezuela  

Is an archaeologist who obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree (1998) from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA His research interests include sociocultural change, historical ecology and ethnohistory of the lowlands of South America; Theory and History ofAnthropology, Great History, Community Archeology, and Museography.
Francisco Forero - The Earth Archive

Dr. Cheryl White - Suriname

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