Introducing 100 Miles of Wild Team Member, Richard Rothaus

22 Apr

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Occupation: Historian and Archaeologist.

Focus: Mission Planning, Logisitics, Data Collection and Processing

Other Info: Richard Rothaus is President, Trefoil Cultural and Environmental, a private consulting firm that conducts historical and archaeological surveys for clients in a variety of industries. He is also a Research Associate, with the Center for Heritage Renewal, North Dakota State University. He has a PhD from The Ohio State University, and he was a university professor and administrator for over a decade before entering the private sector. Rothaus’ research has focused on the interaction of humans and the environment, and he is equally comfortable working at an archaeological survey or in the archives. His fieldwork has focused on large scale regional surveys, and he has conducted projects in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His fieldwork career began with the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia and the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey in Greece. Since those early years, Rothaus has had central roles in wide variety of projects including the environmental history of lakes in Minnesota, post-earthquake field surveys in Turkey and India, and recording vernacular architecture of the Northern Plains. He has expertise in GIS and Remote Sensing applications, and recently completed a LiDAR based predictive model for Voyageurs National Park. Rothaus met Donato while working on a tsunami project in Oman, and he has since had the pleasure of helping with several Adventure Science initiatives, including Caves of Montana, and the Musandam Oman Expedition. Much of his fieldwork is currently focused in North Dakota, where he is studying battlefields and peoples of the US-Dakota War (1862-1865) and assisting the University of North Dakota in a study of “Mancamps” in the Bakken oil patch. Rothaus has published a book and over twenty articles, and is the author of over 150 technical reports. When not driving all over the Northern Plains, he makes his home in Sauk Rapids, MN with his wife and young son (with two grown children living nearby).

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