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Richard Ciolek-Torrello, Ph.D., RPA
Vice President, Research

Richard Ciolek-Torrello, Ph.D., RPAWith Statistical Research, Inc., since 1988, Dr. Richard Ciolek-Torello a Vice-President at SRI. Dr. Ciolek-Torello received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA), an expert member of the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM), and a research associate at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Dr. Ciolek-Torello is also director of the joint SRI and Institute for Field Research (IFR) Coconino Field School (, an RPA certified field school.

Since 1969, Dr. Ciolek-Torello has worked on hundreds of archaeological and historical projects in California and the U.S. Southwest and has conducted ethnoarchaeological research in India. He is currently active in SRI's international Cultural Heritage Management program. In the latter capacity, he has been involved in the Oyu Tolgoi Cultural Heritage Program and the Northern Railways Project conducted by the Mongolian International Heritage Team (MIHT) and the Ihk Nart Archaeological Project.

Dr. Ciolek-Torello has received training in the implementation of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act, as well as traditional cultural properties. He has directed numerous large, complex, and, often, controversial projects for transportation, water, forest, and private developers. As part of these projects, he has developed plans and cultural-historical overviews, contributed to Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments, and completed archaeological and historical surveys, evaluation, and data recovery mitigation studies.

In the course of his many years of work in heritage resource management, Dr. Ciolek-Torello has become an expert on the prehistoric transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture, irrigation agriculture, domestic organization, and site structure. He has investigated a diverse range of heritage resources, from coastal hunter-gatherer settlements, desert farming villages, and nineteenth-century western towns, to twentieth-century estates. The results of his extensive research are published in over 80 monographs and technical reports published by the Museum of Northern Arizona and Statistical Research, as articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Arizona Archaeologist, California Archaeology, the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, Journal of Field Archaeology, Journal of Wetland Archaeology, and Kiva, and in book chapters published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, BAR International, University of Arizona Press, Cambridge University Press, Prehistory Press, University Press of Colorado, the School of American Research, SRI Press, the University of New Mexico Press, and the University of Utah Press. Dr. Ciolek-Torello also has made over 80 presentations about his research at state, national, and international archaeological and anthropological conferences. He has taught courses in archaeology at the University of Arizona Extension and has made presentations to local archaeological societies and university audiences. He has received research grants from the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, the Archaeological Survey Association, and Earthwatch, as well as a National Defense Education Act graduate fellowship.

He is a member of various professional organizations, including the Arizona Archaeological Council, the European Association of Archaeologists, ICOMOS, the Society for American Archeology, and the Society for California Archaeology. He currently serves on the Ethics Committee for the Society for American Archaeology and has served on the Standards Board of the Register of Professional Archaeologists.


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