Æ Appoints New Board of Directors Members

Applied EarthWorks, Inc. (Æ) is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Michael J. Moratto and Susan Goldberg (M.A., RPA) to the board of directors, effective immediately.  Having founded Æ in 1995, Dr. Moratto and Ms. Goldberg bring the invaluable amount of experience that will be a key role in the direction and continued success of the company. 

Dr. Moratto established INFOTEC Research, Inc. in 1981 and—together with Susan Goldberg and Eric Johansen—created Applied EarthWorks, Inc. in 1995. Dr. Moratto has directed hundreds of projects involving archaeology and cultural resource management for federal and state agencies, cities and counties, utilities, and private-sector clients throughout the Far West.

Among his 200+ publications, California Archaeology has been praised by reviewers as the definitive work in the field, and it has been adopted widely as a textbook. In recognition of his professional accomplishments, Dr. Moratto has received numerous honors and awards from professional societies, universities, civic organizations, and governmental agencies.

Ms. Goldberg has served variously as crew chief, field director, project manager, division manager, and vice president at INFOTEC, and then owner, vice president, and Chairman of the Board at Æ, all the while managing scores of large projects.

Together with Dr. Moratto, Ms. Goldberg was instrumental in establishing a southern California presence for INFOTEC and Applied Earthworks. First with a Corps of Engineers on-call contract, and then, with the infamous Eastside Reservoir Project in Hemet. With a team of outstanding archaeologists and other staff from Eastside, the Æ Hemet office was born and has sustained consistent growth and success for two decades.

Susan understands our core business—completing projects on time with a quality product, and otherwise satisfying client needs. She knows that our success depends on building and maintaining teams of highly qualified, motivated, and dedicated professionals. Because of her experience and track record, she will help maintain and build on the success of our southern California programs.

New Office Location

Applied EarthWorks has opened its doors at a new location in San Diego, California. This office will better serve our current clients and expand regional business by providing a wide range of cultural resource management and historic preservation services. The office will be supported by Senior Archaeologist, Matt Tennyson. Matt has more than 15 years of experience in cultural resource management and environmental compliance.


Æ Welcomes Matt Tennyson and Diane Douglas

We are very pleased to announce the addition of two senior-level specialists to Æ’s growing staff of experts. 

Matt Tennyson (B.A., Boston University, M.A. San Diego State University) joined the Æ team in August 2016. Matt has 15 years of experience in cultural resource management and environmental compliance. For the last seven years, most of Matt’s work has focused on permitting and compliance for utility-scale renewable energy projects. He has led cultural resource work on some of the largest solar projects in Riverside County, including the Genesis Solar Energy Project, the Blythe Solar Power Project, the McCoy Solar Energy Project, and the Palen Solar Power Project.  This has required working closely with the BLM, CEC, and various Native American tribes. 

In October 2016, Æ welcomed Diane L. Douglas (B.A. with Distinction, University of Alberta; M.Sc. Climate Change Institute, University of Maine; Ph.D. Geography, Arizona State University), who has 25 years of experience working in cultural resource management, environmental compliance, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation. For the last six years, most of Diane’s work has been overseas (mainly southern and western African countries and Mongolia). On these international projects, she served as Team Leader and/or Project Manager on Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), and also developed national plans for heritage resource preservation, biodiversity conservation, and climate change adaptation, with a view of mainstreaming indigenous knowledge into these plans.  Her technical expertise is in paleoenvironmental reconstruction and dendroclimatology.  She has extensive experience working with Caltrans and Arizona Department of Transportation projects, as well as with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation. She has worked closely with Native American tribes in California, Arizona, Idaho, and Montana.