About Our Staff
Paula J. Fardulis
Paula Fardulis started her career of Management at the age of twenty two when hired as Assistant Bookstore Manager at the University her husband was attending. She went on to manage housing at various educational institutions until 1991, at which point she helped develop and manage a not-for-profit organization to serve the needs of troubled youth until her retirement in 1996. She came out of retirement in 2004 to oversee the management of F & F GeoResource Associates, Inc., and accepted the position of President in 2005. Paula now resides in Estes Park, Colorado, and keeps daily contact with the PaleoResource Consultants’ office via phone, e-mail, and fax. All non-scientific decisions are under the auspices of Paula.
Dr. Lanny H. Fisk, PhD, PG
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Fisk has over 25 years experience as a Professional Geologist/Paleontologist and 20 years as a paleontological consultant doing paleontological resource impact assessments and surveys, preparing CEQA and NEPA environmental documents and mitigation measures, managing environmental compliance monitoring programs, and coordinating and consulting with city, county, state, and federal resource agencies to resolve environmental concerns regarding paleontological resources. He has supervised paleontological resource impact mitigation programs requiring monitoring of major earth-moving projects, recovery and collection of fossil remains and fossiliferous rock samples, supervision of field personnel, and preparation of progress and final reports. These projects involved extensive coordination and consultation with project sponsors, other consulting firms, and permitting agencies; adherence to strict delivery schedules; and completion within specified budget limits. He evaluates fossiliferous rock samples to determine need for microfossil processing, and identifies fossil remains as part of paleontological monitoring and resource recovery programs. Dr. Fisk has done extensive research in paleobotany, palynology, paleornithology, biostratigraphy, and paleoecology of Cretaceous, Tertiary, and Quaternary formations of the western United States, including research in eight national parks and monuments. He has developed laboratory research facilities at two universities for studying fossil floras, processing fossiliferous rock samples to recover plant microfossils, and interpreting age and paleoenvironment.
Donna J. Lowenthal
Director of Operations
Donna Lowenthal came to PRC with a B.S. in Business Management. She has over 25 years of accounting, IT, and operations management experience. She has worked in a variety of industries, and brings this diversified expertise to PRC. She is responsible for the implementation, management, supervision, and evaluation of all operations of the company, including strategic planning, budgeting, facilities, procurement, human resources, and administration. She works closely with the President to bring her ideas to fruition. Donna is also Secretary on our Board of Directors.
Tita Fowler joined PRC with over 13 years experience in accounting and office administration. She has worked for companies with offices across the United States and in a number of industries, and is committed to contributing to our efficient and ethical workplace. She is responsible for all office duties, including human resources, accounting & payroll, facilities management, conference and event planning, and purchasing. She works closely with the Director of Operations and President.
Dr. David M. Haasl
Senior Paleontologist/ Project Manager
Dr. Haasl joined the PRC team with a PhD from the University of California at Davis with a specialization in invertebrate paleontology. Prior to PRC, he was Museum Scientist and Collections Manager at the University of California, Museum of Paleontology, in Berkeley, California, where he also served as Editor of the journal PaleoBios. He has published several scientific papers in paleontology, and has others either in press or in preparation. Dr. Haasl currently manages projects, writes reports, prepares identifications, and assists the field staff when necessary.
Mark A. Roeder
Mark Roeder has approximately 28 years of experience as a Paleontologist and Paleontological Consultant involved in CEQA and NEPA compliance. He has extensive paleontological resource management experience conducting resource/impact assessments and managing impact mitigation programs for large construction projects in California. His projects include municipal solid waste landfills; aggregate quarries; flood control facilities; oil refineries; natural gas pipelines; freeways and other roadways; subways; waste water treatment facilities; housing developments; planned communities; office buildings/complexes; shopping centers; hospitals and medical centers; industrial complexes; parking lots/structures; land exchanges; and conditional use permit and specific plan revisions. His clients have included private industry, public utilities, conservancies, and federal, state, county, city, and regional agencies. Mr. Roeder has extensive paleontological research background in fish faunas of Cenozoic marine and lacustrine formations of southern California.
Dr. Hugh M. Wagner, PhD
Dr. Wagner has extensive paleontological resource management experience conducting and managing paleontological resource impact assessments and impact mitigation programs for large construction projects in California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. Projects include municipal solid waste landfills; natural gas pipelines; highways; business parks; housing developments; and planned communities. Clients include private industry, public utilities, and federal, state, county, city, and regional agencies. He has supervised and participated in the complete curation of substantial vertebrate fossil collections into the Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley; Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History; San Bernardino County Museum; University of Alberta, Edmonton; U. S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park; and Paleontological Collections of Orange County, and has contributed significant fossil specimens to the California Academy of Sciences and San Diego County Museum. Dr. Wagner has approximately 25 years of experience as a Paleontologist and Paleontological Consultant involved in NEPA and CEQA compliance, and has extensive paleontological research background in land mammal faunas and vertebrate biostratigraphy of tertiary continental formations of Central and Eastern Oregon, Northwestern Nevada, California, and Montana.
Niranjala Kottachchi joined the PRC team with over 15 years experience in Earth Sciences/Geology, and a B.S. (Honors) and a MSc from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She specializes in Earth Sciences with an emphasis in both invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology. Prior to PRC, she worked as a Paleontologist and Field Supervisor for Fresno State University on the monitoring and excavations of Pleistocene vertebrates at the Fairmead Landfill Site north of Madera, California. She has also worked with Pleistocene vertebrates at the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD Inc. She has published scientific papers in paleontology and continues to work on future articles.
Stephen J. Blakely
Project Manager/ Field Paleontologist
Stephen Blakely came to PRC with over eight years experience in the construction industry and a background in geology and geochemistry from study at the University of California at Davis. He brought with him field, laboratory, and writing experience, as well as enthusiasm for work in all aspects of geology and paleontology. Stephen has proven to be an effective project manager and a skilled report writer. His meticulous attention to detail has been an asset to PRC.
Levi R. Pratt
Project Manager/ Field Paleontologist
Levi Pratt joined PRC after graduating with a B.A. in Geology from California State University, Sacramento. He has experience in field geology and isotope geochemistry, and completed a senior thesis on mantle dynamics and magmatic processes at Borax Lake, north of Clear Lake, California. Prior to PRC, Levi worked as a geology technician, prepping rocks and fossils for the geology department at Sacramento State University, as well as assisting faculty and students as a teacher’s assistant, during field mapping courses in Red Rock Canyon and the Poleta Folds. He brings an expertise in field methods and report writing as well as enthusiasm for geology and paleontology to PRC and looks forward to utilizing these skills as Project Manager.
Adrianne M. Litts
Adrianne Litts joined PRC with a B.S. in Geology from California State University Sacramento after completing her summer field course at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR. While in Oregon, she performed contracted student work in several different regions for the Medford Water Commission, the Jackson County Watermaster, the Little Butte Creek Watershed Council, and the United States Forestry Service. At PRC, she is a Field Paleontologist and Field Geologist with a focus on paleontological monitoring, screen washing, and specimen preparation.
Annette E. Cornelius
Annette Cornelius joined PRC with a B.A. in Earth Sciences from Pacific Lutheran College. She has many years of field experience, and has proven to be an asset in the office as well. Annette works as a Field Paleontologist and Field Geologist. She also assists the Project Managers with research and reports, and works in the lab as a lab technician.
Blake A. Bufford
Blake Bufford has monitored excavations and other ground disturbing activities associated with the recovery and collection of fossil remains, as well as preparing, cataloging, labeling, identification, and numbering of fossils. His achievements include a long list of volunteer activities, including but not limited to paleontological monitor and preparator of Pleistocene fossils collected fossils and artifacts from Fresno River gravel beds for 30+ years, teaching students about Native Americans, geology, and natural history at Diablo Nature Adventures, and docent at Sunol Regional Wilderness assisting naturalists with school programs in Native Americans and natural history. Blake has also given numerous talks at elementary schools in Contra Costa County about Native Americans of Bay Area.
Susan D. Bowman
Susan Bowman joined PRC with a B.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology and a minor in Geology/Paleontology. Prior to PRC, she worked for BLM on the preparation work of a plesiosaur specimen. Most of her experience is with the preparation of large specimens but her interests include all aspects of Paleontology. Her duties at PRC will be as a Field Paleontologist and Field Geologist.
Teresa K. Butler
Teresa Butler joined PRC with a B.S. in Geology. She has worked as a Staff Geologist on various projects including slope stability analyses, geo-hazard analyses, asbestos surveys, and other sites working with contamination. In 2007, she was involved in several projects with groundwater and soil contamination, many from their initial stages through remediation and completion. Additionally, she is HAZWOPER certified including a fit testing for an APR. She recently earned a Geologist-In-Training certificate and plans on becoming a licensed Professional Geologist in the near future., She joined PRC as a Field Paleontologist and Field Geologist, and assists in the lab as a Lab Technician.
Tina Y. Campbell
Tina Campbell regularly volunteers at Sierra College preparing fossils for display and has travelled throughout the Western United States on expeditions to retrieve fossils for research. She currently assists in the PRC lab with fossil preparation and identification. In addition to her assistance in the lab, she lends a hand with monitoring, screen washing, and is our “guru” for library/museum searches to assess potential impacts of construction projects on paleontological resources.
Patrick W. Riseley, MSc, PG
Patrick Riseley has approximately 20 years experience as a Field Monitor/Paleontologist. He has worked on resource/impact assessments and impact mitigation projects, and has experience working with stratigraphy. His post-graduate work includes environmental assessments involving Cahuilla Lake sediments in the vicinity of the Unit 8 Geothermal Power Project near Calipatria, California in 2002, and small power plants for the Imperial Irrigation District in the vicinity of both the cities of Calexico and Niland, California from December 2005 through January 2006.
Richard J. Serrano
Richard Serrano has over 15 years experience as a Field Paleontologist and Field Geologist involved in paleontological resource mitigation and monitoring on major construction projects. He has monitored excavations and other ground disturbing activities associated with the recovery and collection of fossil remains, as well as preparing, cataloging, labeling, identification, and numbering of fossils.
Joshua C. Wyatt
Josh Wyatt joined us after spending time in the military where he worked with the Grotto Society charting new caves around the Appalachian Region. Upon returning to California, he experienced increased interest in geology and is currently pursuing a degree in Geology with a focus on invertebrate paleontology. He regularly volunteers at Sierra College preparing fossils for display and has travelled to several regions of Northern and Central America on expeditions to retrieve fossils for research. Additional field trips include Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, and Costa Rica for Reef and Volcanism research. Upon completing his Bachelors in Geology, Josh plans to continue his education in the invertebrate field.
We have also had the privilege of working with a number of �specialists� on staff part time. Regan E. Dunn joined us to offer additional support with paleobotony and palynology. Dr. Julia T. Sankey additionally provided support as a Microvertebrate Fossil Specialist.
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