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The Center for Archaeological Studies employs a staff of experienced professionals and is supported by a revolving cast of volunteers and student workers. We love hearing from you! Whether you are a student looking for information about careers in Texas Archaeology, or a CRM client, feel free to contact us with any questions.

CAS Director, Dr. Todd Ahlman

Todd M. Ahlman, Ph.D.


Dr. Todd M. Ahlman is the Director of the Center for Archaeological Studies. He is an anthropological archaeologist who has over 25 years of experience working on cultural resource management projects across the United States and Caribbean. His project experience includes managing and directing field and laboratory projects in Texas as well as the Northwestern, Plains, Midwestern and Southeastern United States. His experience includes historic and prehistoric archaeological survey, evaluation, and data recovery; laboratory analyses of prehistoric and historical artifacts; preparation of professional reports; and project supervision. Dr. Ahlman has held entry-level to senior management positions in the public and private sectors, and understands the processes of project management and implementation for compliance and research archaeological projects. As CAS Director he manages compliance-related projects for the City of San Marcos, local governments, and private developers. The involvement of students and recent graduates on these projects helps prepare them for successful careers in the public and private sectors.

Dr. Ahlman’s current research interests include the prehistoric archaeology of Spring Lake and the historical archaeology of the Caribbean. Dr. Ahlman is the principal investigator of the on-going archaeological research at Spring Lake, specifically the off-site data recovery project at 41HY160 that is funded by the City of San Marcos. In the Caribbean Dr. Ahlman has worked on St. Kitts for the past 20 years and is seeking funding to begin a project on the island of St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean.

Jodi Jacobson, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Dr. Jodi Jacobson is the Associate Director of the Center for Archaeological Studies and has over 25 years of experience and progressive responsibility in archeology, historic preservation, and Cultural Resource Management.  She was formally trained as a zooarchaeologist and has conducted faunal analysis on both prehistoric and historic era projects in the Southeastern United States, Texas, and Great Plains. Prior to working at CAS, Dr. Jacobson was employed in a corporate archaeology setting for 10 years serving in progressive roles from Staff Archaeologist, Project Manager, Practice Lead managing all natural and cultural resources staff to a Regional Market Director and National Director of Tower Services.  In that realm, Dr. Jacobson managed not only cultural resource compliance projects, but also projects requiring NEPA documentation,  Section 404 permits including wetland delineations and threatened and endangered species surveys, Phase I ESAs, and critical issues analysis for both public and private clients across many industries including transportation, communication towers, pipeline, renewable energy, power generation and transmission, and other utilities in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, California, Maine, New York, and Pennsylvania. Prior to entering the Corporate world Dr. Jacobson had been employed by other academic institutions, museums, and federal agencies as an archaeologist on all phases of archaeological investigations on multiple projects in Mississippi and Tennessee and conducted research and/or artifact analysis and reporting on projects from Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado. She has conducted  archaeological surveys, testing, and mitigation, detailed artifact analyses, historic resources viewshed surveys, cemetery monitoring and cemetery removal projects in compliance with the Texas Health and Safety Code, coordinating with Native American tribes in compliance with Section 106 (36 CFR 800.4) of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and preparing cultural resource reports. Her practical background in cultural resource management makes it possible for her to bring in diverse projects for both undergraduate and graduate student involvement, and to prepare them to be career-ready for a job in CRM when they leave Texas State.

Since coming to CAS, Dr. Jacobson has managed compliance projects for various Texas municipalities, was awarded a Master Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service, and has been involved in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects at a facility in Utah. She is also conducting research on contract archaeology projects that involves analyzing evidence on both a micro-site and across broader occupation level for bone grease and marrow processing at numerous north and central Texas sites and utilizing faunal data in to reconstruct past environments and environmental change and its effects on human ecology.   She has a special interest in regulatory and compliance issues and currently serves as the Chair of the Council of Texas Archaeologists Standards and Guidelines Committee.

Amy Benton

Amy E. Reid, M.A.


Amy Reid is the Curator for the Center for Archaeological Studies at Texas State University-San Marcos. She has a background in Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) in Central, South and Coastal Texas. Prior to working in Texas, Amy participated in and supervised Archaeological investigations in Belize, where her graduate research was focused on Prehispanic music and ceramic instruments in the archaeological record. At CAS, Amy has served as a Project Archaeologist on various investigations around Hays County and has served as Principal Investigator for data recovery investigations at Site 41HY160, a multicomponent site adjacent to Spring Lake in San Marcos, TX. Amy also serves as Principal Investigator for CAS’s annual permit issued by the THC authorizing CAS to conduct archaeological investigations on property owned by Texas State University. During her time at CAS, Amy has conducted various artifact analyses and contributed to the center’s growing list of publications. In addition to her field experience, Amy has supervised lab work and managed CAS’s curation program. As the Curator at CAS, Amy is responsible for overall administration of CAS's Curation Services Program. In addition to the day-to-day care of collections, she conducts archaeological research and writes grant applications for research, collections care, and public outreach. Amy supervises the processing of new collections submitted for curation and manages the organization, maintenance and reporting of curated collections. Amy enjoys training CAS personnel in proper curation procedures and methods, and finding ways to help Archaeologists prioritize and budget for curation in their own projects. Amy has helped to incorporate a public outreach function within CAS’s curation program and strives to bring value to the collections curated at CAS through providing access for research, guiding tours of the facility, public presentations, as well as creating virtual and museum exhibits. Amy also teaches a curation course for the Anthropology department at Texas State University.

Maximilian Hall, Collections Manager

Maximilian Hall

Collections Manager / VCP Assistant Lab Manager

Historian with extensive knowledge in archival and cultural resource management. Academic foundations in museums collections management, archaeological preservation strategies, and local/community history. Knowledgeable with records processing, state and federal historic preservation coordination, artifact photography, and veteran’s affairs.

Paul M. Matchen, M.A.

Senior Archaeologist/Principal Investigator

Paul currently serves as Senior Archaeologist/Principal Investigator for CAS.  He is responsible for leading archaeological field investigations and reporting tasks for CAS projects as well as managing cultural resources permitting efforts for projects on Texas State University’s campus. Paul has over 24 years of experience working as an archaeologist on projects in Southeastern, Central, and Southwestern United States. Prior to joining CAS in 2018, Paul was employed as an archaeologist for an environmental consulting firm in Austin, Texas where he spent 13 years. In that time, he had the pleasure of leading a variety of projects all over Texas and surrounding states. Before moving to Texas, Paul spent 5 years working as Research Archaeologist at the University of Tennessee’s Archaeological Research Laboratory in Knoxville, TN.

Paul is a trained lithic artifact analyst but also has an extensive knowledge of historic artifact analysis. His research interests are broad but past research topics have included utilitarian bone button manufacture in the 18th and 19th century North America; the behavioral implications of Calf Creek/Bell/Andice tool technology; and raw material reduction strategies of the late Prehistoric period in the Southern Plains. During his time with CAS, he has assisted in leading survey and testing efforts locally in San Marcos, and distantly in southern Colorado and southern Arizona. Lastly, Paul is excited to be working with this group of talented professionals to train students, promote research, and provide archaeological consulting and compliance services.

Joy Schneider-Cowan, Grant Assistant

Joy Schneider-Cowan

Grants Assistant

As Grants Assistant, Joy Schneider-Cowan provides grant and contract support for the Center of Archaeological Studies. She is a 2007 graduate of Texas State University, with a Masters in Public Administration. Her professional background includes work in purchasing at the Texas Department of Transportation as well as grant administration at Austin Community College and the Texas Historical Commission.