Right Whale Paper Published
A paper by GMI marine scientists Amy Whitt, Kathleen Dudzinski, and Jennifer Laliberté has been published in the journal Endangered Species Research. The authors summarize right whale sightings and acoustic data collected from the first year-round study dedicated to marine mammals in New Jersey’s nearshore waters.
Cultural Resources TxDOT Win
The Cultural Resources group of the GMI Environmental Services Division was awarded an Archeological General Services contract by the Texas Department of Transportation in February. One of four awardees, GMI will be involved in archeological survey, test excavations for National Register eligibility determinations, and data recovery projects across the state of Texas.
Biological Inventory Study for Melrose AFR
GMI wildlife biologists, in conjunction with Cannon AFB and Melrose AFR, initiated surveys for a Biological Inventory Study of a 10,968 acre area of land gifted to Melrose AFR by the state of New Mexico.
GMI to Support Fishermen's Energy with Environmental Impact Efforts
As part of the Energy Department's broader efforts to launch an offshore wind industry in the United States, GMI will support the Fishermen's Energy team with R&D for the advancement of traditional thermal and video imaging systems related to the assessment of nocturnal animal (bird, bat) occurrence, strikes and behavior around offshore wind turbines.
GMI Researchers Contribute to Texas Archaeological Literature
Nancy Kenmotsu is a co-editor and author of a new book published by Texas A&M University Press: The Toyah Phase of Central Texas: Late Prehistoric Economic and Social Processes. The volume is about the hunter-gatherers living in central Texas from AD 1300 – 1700.
Estabrook Heads Cultural Resources Dept.
Following 20+ years working as a Project/Program Manager for several of the largest cultural resources firms in Florida, Rich Estabrook has joined GMI as Cultural Resources Program Manager in the Plano corporate office.
Ethnographic research has moved to a more prominent position within cultural resources management studies due to the enactment of AIRFA and NAGPRA, the issuance of Executive Order 13007 (Indian Sacred Sites), and the political activism of Native Americans.
Documenting traditional cultural properties, assessing the potential impacts of proposed federal actions on sacred sites and traditional cultural properties, and determining cultural affiliation require the skills of an ethnographer. Equally important is an approach that is both sensitive to the subject community and focused on an objective assessment of the data. Our team has experience in:
- Ethnographic analysis
- Traditional cultural property research
- Lineal descent/cultural affiliation
- Oral histories
- Native American Graves Protection Repatriation Act compliance
The Apache prisoner-of-war project, funded by the Legacy Program, was a unique study combining the results of ethnographic, ethnohistorical, and archaeological investigations. Historical/archival investigations were conducted at several repositories, including the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Ethnographic data were collected, and interviews were conducted with six former prisoners of war, who were living at the time of this project, and with 10 first-generation descendants. Archaeological recording of the former sites of the villages was conducted.
A close working relationship with members of the Chiricahua/Warm Springs Fort Sill Apache Tribe and employment of a tribal member as a consultant and researcher culminated in both an extensive, in-depth analysis of an event that had previously received little scholarly attention and the preservation of historic sites important in the history of U.S./Native American interaction. The project’s primary purpose was to nominate the 12 former Apache prisoner-of-war village sites (identified through archival and archaeological research conducted by GMI) at Fort Sill Military Reservation for inclusion in the NRHP.