CBBS Staff

Roger Boren, Archaeologist
Roger is a magna cum laude and honors program graduate of Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He began participating in archaeological field research with the Center for Big Bend Studies in 2001 and assumed a staff position with the CBBS in 2007. Roger is involved in various projects which range from field survey to archaeological excavation, with a special interest in the rock art of the Trans-Pecos and the surrounding area.

Sam Cason, Cultural Resource Management
Samuel S. Cason received a B.A. from the University of Colorado in anthropology and an M.A. in anthropology from Colorado State University. He has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1997 in far-west Texas and the Rocky Mountain region while maintaining research interests in the Trans-Pecos and now holds the position of project archaeologist with the Center for Big Bend Studies. Sam is currently engaged in the analysis of materials recovered from Tranquil Rockshelter. His primary research interests are concerned with diversity in hunter-gatherer lifeways and the integration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into archaeological investigations. Sam has contributed to many CBBS investigations since 1998.

Susan Chisholm, Administrative Coordinator
Susan is the CBBS administrative coordinator. Her duties include planning and preparation for the Annual Conference and board meetings, as well as daily upkeep of all administrative tasks related to the daily operations of the CBBS office. She graduated from the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Providence, Rhode Island, and has thirty-eight years of experience in secretarial and administrative work. She has worked in legal offices, a psychologist's office, a hospital, and even a sleep lab. A woman of many talents, Susan is also an actress with twenty years' experience in petite theater. She and her husband, Clay, moved to Alpine after living in Louisiana for thirty years.

Andy Cloud, Director
William A. Cloud received both his B.A. (Archeological Studies; 1978) and M.A. (Anthropology, with a focus on Archeology; 1987) degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 1980 he has participated on various archeological projects for universities (Sul Ross State University-Center for Big Bend Studies; University of Texas at Austin-Texas Archeological Survey; University of Arkansas-Arkansas Archaeological Survey), state agencies (Texas Historical Commission-Office of the State Archaeologist; Texas Parks and Wildlife Department-Historic Sites Division), a federal agency (National Park Service-Big Bend National Park), and several private firms (Geo-Marine, Inc.,-Plano, Texas; Prewitt and Associates, Inc.,-Austin, Texas). He has served as Field Archaeologist, Laboratory Technician, Project Archaeologist, and Principal Investigator during the course of these investigations. He joined the Center for Big Bend Studies of Sul Ross State University in September 1995 as a staff archaeologist. After stints as cultural resources management coordinator and senior project archaeologist, and following the retirement of long-time CBBS director Robert J. Mallouf in August 2008, the University named him to carry the torch as director of the Center.

Erika Blecha
Erika received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. in Archaeology from the University of Montana. While in school, her research interests extended from Mesoamerica to reservation-era archaeology, and federal management of archaeological sites in wilderness areas. She has a combined eight years of cultural resource management experience—working as an archaeological field technician, crew chief, and GIS specialist. She has worked throughout the central coast of California, Nevada, Montana, and Wyoming, as well as Belize, Honduras, and along the coast of Peru. In the last year, she has been assisting Robert Mallouf on some work here in the eastern Trans-Pecos.

Taylor Greer, Archaeologist
Taylor is from Austin, Texas. She received a B.A. in anthropology from Texas State University in San Marcos. During her time there, she participated in a field school in Belize and fell in love with archaeology. After graduation, her first job in her field was a dig with CBBS, where she met many like-minded people, explored the beautiful city of Alpine, and learned a lot about Texas archaeology. She then decided to make Alpine her new home and now works for the Center full-time as a staff archaeologist. Her interests also include photography, music, and art.

Lindsey Griffin, Student Worker/Intern
Lindsey has been a Student Worker/Intern at the Center since attending the 2015 Sul Ross State University archaeological field school, which we host. She is an undergraduate at Sul Ross studying geology with a minor in anthropology and plans to graduate in 2018. From Amarillo, Texas, Lindsey moved to Alpine in the summer of 2013 with hopes to explore the Big Bend and the opportunities it offered. Going to the field school and working with the CBBS has opened the doors to much learning and experience in archaeology which Lindsey plans to apply in her further education.

David Keller, Senior Project Archaeologist
David W. Keller earned a B.A. in History and Psychology at Texas Tech University and an M.A. in Environmental History from the University of Montana. He has taught field courses for the University of Montana and San Francisco State University and conducted archeological and historical research in Montana and the Big Bend region of Texas. His book, Below the Escondido Rim: A History of the O2 Ranch in the Texas Big Bend, was published in the summer of 2005. He is presently project archaeologist for the Big Bend National Park project and is working on a new book on the history of the Pinto Canyon Ranch.

Robert Mallouf, Senior Archaeologist
Robert J. Mallouf has been conducting archeological research and preservation work in Texas for over 40 years and served as Texas State Archaeologist from 1981 to 1995, and as director of the Center for Big Bend Studies and assistant professor of anthropology at Sul Ross State University from 1995 to 2008, when he retired. He has authored numerous publications related to the archaeology of Texas, as well as western Kansas and northeastern Chihuahua, Mexico. Mallouf received B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, and also studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the American University of Cairo, Egypt. A native of Brownwood, Texas, his background includes work as varied as commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, marketing in California, and forestry and rescue work with the National Park Service in Arizona. Mallouf and his son Parker reside in Alpine, Texas.

Andrea Ohl, Archaeologist
Andrea earned a B.A. in anthropology from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. She wrote her thesis on the prehistory of the upper Connecticut River valley and published several articles regarding her research. She was employed as an archaeologist in New England for seventeen years at Dartmouth College as a field school assistant and for several CRM firms as a surveyor, excavator, researcher, and writer. Andrea moved to the Big Bend in 1993 to begin construction of an earth-sheltered adobe house in the Christmas Mountains. She began working for the CBBS in 1997 on surveys, excavations, CRM projects, research, and writing. She has written CRM reports for the CBBS, and her book, The Paradise Site—A Middle Archaic Campsite on the 02 Ranch, was published in 2006. She continues to build her house, and research and write about the Middle Archaic period in the eastern Trans-Pecos.

Bryon Schroeder, Project Archaeologist
Bryon is our new Project Archaeologist. He recently received his Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Montana with research focused on high-altitude hunter-gatherer sites in the Wind River Range of the Middle Rocky Mountains. He also holds both a B.A. and M.A. in archaeology from the University of Wyoming where he studied Late Prehistoric and Protohistoric hunter-gatherer refuge fortification and defensive structures. He has worked throughout Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, and most recently the Central Coast of California. His broader research interests focus on interpersonal conflict in hunter-gatherers across time and space, macroevolutionary models, and inheritance theory. He is a recent convert to Bayesian modeling specific to radiocarbon data. He is a blank slate when it comes to Texas archaeology and is excited to delve into the complexities of Trans-Pecos prehistory.

Richard Walter, Archaeologist
Richard Walter grew up in Ralls, a small farming community east of Lubbock, Texas. Richard joined the South Plains Archaeological Society (SPAS) in 1967, which at that time held meetings in the basement of the old museum at Holden Hall, Texas Tech University. During the 1960s, Richard volunteered on a number of small excavations conducted by SPAS and had the privilege to work with Texas pioneer archaeologists Frank Runkles, Emitt Shedd, and Jim Word. From 1972 to 1992 Richard attended the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at El Paso, and Texas Tech University. Richard's first paying job was illustrating artifacts from a Paleoindian site outside of Quito, Ecuador in 1982. Since 1990, Richard has been involved with archaeological investigations in Texas, Kansas, Indiana, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada and has been senior and co-author of more than forty archaeological reports.