Land Use Expert 510386 ID

Expertise Description

I have more than 20 years of experience as an Environmental Historian. My expertise is in 19th and 20th century land use and water history. Through extensive archival research I have helped clients prove: historic access rights on federal lands, historic mining rights, historic character of watercourses, culpability in CERCLA negotiations, and original intent behind contracts and legislation. My research also includes issues related to road access matters, water rights, mining development, stream navigability, irrigation facility development, storm water disposal, mine waste disposal, historic surveys and boundaries, and Superfund liability and clean-up. I have over 15 years of expert witness experience with consultation, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Relevant Experiences

I have worked as a historian on several Superfund sites in the past related to a variety of industries, and I am familiar with the general historical narrative of industrial development during the timeframe of activity on this site. I am adept at determining typical practices in an industry and assessing a particular entity’s history within that framework. I am also very familiar with the various phases of Superfund litigation and the terminology of such cases. I know the legal history of this period, as well, as it relates to waste disposal, and how it was evolving during this critical era of industrialization.

I am a Ph.D-level historian of U.S. environmental policy. I am able to provide factual information related to the passage of the Endangered Species Act, and to provide interpretation regarding the intent of such policies.


Degree Subject Institution
Ph.D. American History University of California at Davis
M.A. American History University of California at Santa Barbara
B.A. History and Political Science University of California at Santa Barbara