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.