James W. Karbula, Ph.D., RPA, has 20 years of cultural resource management (CRM) experience in Texas and surrounding states. Before joining WSA, Dr. Karbula worked for 11 years as the cultural resources Program Manager and Senior Archaeologist for an environmental firm in Austin, Texas, working statewide on CRM projects. During this time, he completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000, specializing in archaeology. Subsequently, as WSA Principal Archaeologist and Regional Project Director, Dr. Karbula has supervised CRM surveys, testing and data recovery projects with published reports in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Dr. Karbula holds a New Mexico State Archaeology Permit, has held Archaeological Resource Protection Act Permits (ARPA, Texas, and New Mexico) and is listed on the Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana SHPO contractor lists. Project Manager responsibilities include coordination with local, state, federal and SHPO regulatory staff in a variety of compliance settings under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Texas Antiquities Code. Dr. Karbula has functioned as chief editor and lead quality assurance officer for several hundred CRM reports. He regularly supervises all aspects of the Austin Southern Region office including all business relations, staff, and facility management. Project Manager responsibilities routinely include preparing scopes and fee estimates, managing budgets, deadlines, coordinating project construction schedules and supervising the permanent archaeology staff as well as large field crews.
Dr. Karbula specializes in energy construction projects subject to Section 404/10 of the Clean Waters Act under the jurisdiction of the US Army Corps of Engineers Galveston, Albuquerque and Ft. Worth Districts. Dr. Karbula has functioned as Project Manager and Principal Investigator for over 50 Texas Antiquities Permits for archaeological investigations in various regions of Texas (Phase I, II and III investigations). Dr. Karbula has expertise in preparing archival research, predictive models and complex research designs for agency approval. Field and analytical expertise includes directing mechanical investigations, total station transit site mapping, lithics analyses, interpreting projectile point typologies, site chronologies, and distributional studies of site artifact and feature patterning. He has conducted intensive mechanical field investigations in deep terrace sites of multiple Texas drainages, and supervised several large, complex multi-block mechanical and hand excavations of mid-late 19th century urban and industrial sites. Dr. Karbula has extensive experience in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance through the authorship of numerous chapters for Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and Categorical Exclusion documents (EIS, EA, CE).