James M. Allan, Ph.D., RPA, has more than 33 years experience in cultural resource management, involving historic, maritime, and prehistoric archaeology investigations. He is President/CEO of WSA, a full-service cultural resource consulting firm working on numerous projects throughout the west, south and southwest regions of the U.S.. In addition to his work overseeing WSA’s California, Arizona, Utah and Texas offices, he has served as Principal Investigator on numerous projects in the San Francisco Bay area, including the 300 Spear Street Project, during which he oversaw the recovery of the intact post-Gold-rush era whaling ship Candace, and the excavation of the Hare ship breaking yard - one of San Francisco's earliest entrepreneurial enterprises. He directed the archaeology for the 201 Folsom Street Project in which the only extant example of an intact Gold Rush-era lighter was excavated and recovered, as well as the the Muni Metro Turnback Project, a $275M transit extension in downtown San Francisco that included excavation of a portion of the historic ship Rome from the project alignment, and the 400 Howard Street Project, during which the remains of San Francisco's first coal gasification plant were excavated. He has also served as the Principal Investigator for remote sensing and underwater resource evaluation of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge, Carquinez Bridge, Benicia Bridge and Richmond-San Rafael Bridge seismic retrofit projects for Caltrans and has conducted remote sensing archaeological investigations in San Francisco Bay on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has supervised record searches, survey and reporting on over 300 projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, Utah, and Arizona, and most recently oversaw the excavation and documentation of one of the Bay Area's earliest shellmound sites. Jim serves on the National Park System Advisory Board, National Historic Landmarks Committee, is a Lecturer in the Anthropology Department of Saint Mary's College of California, an adjunct professor in the History Department of the University of Rhode Island, and is frequently sought out for his expertise in maritime archaeology, as he is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Western Maritime Archaeology.