Owner, Principal Investigator

Brian F. Smith is the owner and principal consultant for Brian F.

Smith and Associates, Inc.  Over the past 45 years, he has conducted over 4,000 cultural resource studies in California, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Montana, and Texas.  These studies include every possible aspect  of archaeology from literature searches and large-scale surveys to intensive data recovery excavations.  Reports prepared by Mr. Smith have been submitted to all facets of local, state, and federal review agencies, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security.  In addition, Mr. Smith has conducted studies for utility companies (Sempra Energy) and state highway departments (CalTrans).

Senior Archaeologist, Lithic Analyst

Mr. Tracy A. Stropes over 30 years of experience in cultural resource management.  His experience includes over 20 years in project management, report authorship, lithic analysis, laboratory management, Native American consultation, and editing for several technical reports for numerous projects throughout southern California.  Mr. Stropes has conducted cultural resource surveys, archaeological site testing and evaluations for National Register eligibility and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, mitigation of resources through data recovery for archaeological sites, budget and report preparation, and direction of crews of all sizes for projects ranging in duration from a single day site visit to one year.   Mr. Stropes is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and on the list of archaeological consultants qualified to conduct archaeological investigations southern California and the County of San Diego.   He has served as project archaeologist for hundreds of projects and composed data recovery and preservation programs for sites throughout California for both CEQA and NEPA level compliance.  

Senior Archaeologist, Historian, Faunal Analyst

Ms. Jennifer Stropes has over 20 years of experience in cultural resource management.  Her experience includes over 10 years of experience in report writing, editing and production; the recordation and evaluation of historic resources; construction monitoring management; coordination of field survey and excavation crews; and laboratory management.  Currently, Ms. Stropes is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and conducts faunal, prehistoric, and historic laboratory analysis, historic structure significance eligibility evaluations, and prehistoric and historic cultural resource report writing for both California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act level compliance.

Lab Director, Project Archaeologist

Ms. Hahnlen has over 10 years of experience in all manners of professional archaeology in California and Washington State. She earned her B.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington and has served as Lab Director and Project Archaeologist for BFSA since 2015.  Ms. Hahnlen has been involved in numerous survey, testing, and data recovery projects throughout California and Washington for CEQA, NEPA and SEPA level compliance.

Clarence (Bud) L. Hoff, BA

Director of Field Operations

Mr. Hoff has approximately 30 years of experience in archaeology throughout the western United States spanning from California to Arizona to Washington State. His field experience includes survey, test, data recovery, and monitoring projects of all types and sizes. As Director of Field Operations for BFSA for over 20 years, Mr. Hoff has routinely served as the primary liaison between Principal Investigators and other personnel, including archaeological field crew, landowners and agents, outside contractors, and Native American monitors.  He has a broad range of project management experience, having provided support for all cultural resource aspects of the environmental review, including Federal, State, and local level projects.  Mr. Hoff has also authored several reports for projects throughout Southern California. He is a City of San Diego Certified Archaeological and Paleontological Monitor and maintains 40-Hour Hazardous Waste/Emergency Response certification.  

Field Services Manager, Associate Archaeologist

Mr. Grabski has over 15 years of experience performing cultural resources studies. He has completed projects throughout California and in Arizona as an Associate Archaeologist including numerous survey, testing, and data recovery projects. He earned his B.A. degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University.  Mr. Grabski currently serves as the Filed Services Manager for BFSA and is responsible for field and lab personnel scheduling across the company.

Andrew J. Garrison, BS, MA, RPA

Project Archaeologist

Mr. Garrison has served as Project Archaeologist for the BFSA since 2017 and has 11 years of experience in cultural resource management directing archaeological surveys, testing, and monitoring projects since 2010.  Mr. Garrison currently supports senior staff with all phases of archaeological investigations for local, state, and federal agencies including National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) level projects interacting with clients, sub-consultants, and lead agencies.  Mr. Garrison is a Registered Professional Archaeologist and meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Archaeology.

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