Dr. Jill-Karen Yakubik, President and sole owner of Earth Search Inc. (ESI) has over 27 years of experience in cultural resources consulting and is a Registered Professional Archeologist (RPA). She has completed both the Section 106 Review class given by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Transportation Decision Making 18 Hr. Training Course given by the National Highway Institute. She exceeds the standards of the professional guidelines established by the Secretary of Interior (SOI) (48 Fed. Reg. 44.716 [September 29, 1983]). Dr. Yakubik is author or co-author of over 200 technical reports.
In 1990, Dr. Yakubik completed her doctorate in Anthropology at Tulane University. Her dissertation, Ceramic Use in Late-Eighteenth and Early-Nineteenth-Century Southeastern Louisiana, included the analysis of over 20,000 sherds from 12 rural and urban sites from six parishes. As part of this research, Dr. Yakubik developed a detailed typology for tin-enameled and coarse earthenwares found in southeastern Louisiana.
Dr. Yakubik has had field experience at prehistoric and historic sites in New Jersey, Louisiana, Florida, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Honduras. She has served as Principal Investigator and Project Manager on intensive survey, site testing, and data recovery operations. Dr. Yakubik has analyzed more than 120 collections of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century ceramics and other historic materials from Louisiana, Florida, Arkansas, and New Jersey. In addition to her expertise with historic domestic, agricultural, and industrial material, Dr. Yakubik has undertaken specialized analyses on funerary remains.
Dr. Yakubik has served as Principal Investigator under Contracts DACW29-92-D-0012, DACW29-94-D-0020, DACW29-97-D-0016, and DACW29-02-D-0005 to the New Orleans District, Corps of Engineers (NODCOE) as well as Contract W912EE-04-D-0003, a five-year cultural resources services contract with the Vicksburg District, Corps of Engineers. She serves as Principal Investigator for Contract W912P8-07-D-0043 to NODCOE. As PI, she has supervised more than 80 delivery orders ranging from Reconnaissance and Phase I Surveys of proposed borrow pits to NRHP Testing and multiple Data Recoveries.
Since 2005, Dr. Yakubik has supervised multiple large-scale archaeological projects and historic preservation projects during FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery efforts following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She facilitated the cooperation between NODCOE and FEMA in utilizing the W912EE-04-D-0003 and current contract for interagency projects with limited timelines. These included architectural survey for FEMA to identify potential NRHP historic districts and individual properties; “red tag” survey of damaged structures; resurvey of multiple districts; archaeological survey and monitoring for numerous housing sites, demolitions, and debris removal; and Data Recovery at Kingsley House (16OR221). This last project epitomizes Dr. Yakubik’s commitment to the balance of client needs and historic resource preservation. For the Kingsley project, FEMA personnel contacted Dr. Yakubik at 8:00 PM requesting a large crew at 6:00 AM the following morning to document impacts to subsurface features at the site. Dr. Yakubik and ESI responded accordingly and later undertook expedited data recovery excavations.
She has served as PI for more than 40 projects for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) and Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). These include Phase I surveys for projects such as the Bush to I-12 Corridor Study, I-49 South,
and the expansion of SR601; NRHP testing at 22HA613 on Beach Blvd.; and Data Recovery at South Tall Timbers (16RA660) and the Troyville Mounds (16CT7). Dr. Yakubik is serving as PI for several highway feasibility studies.
Dr. Yakubik recently served as PI for the cultural resources investigations at Jackson Barracks for the Louisiana Army National Guard. This included Phase I survey, NRHP testing, HABS documentation of numerous resources, and data recovery at the Barracks. For the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), she serves as PI for the Phase I survey of four historic housing complexes (C.J. Peete, B.W. Cooper, Lafitte, and St. Bernard), NRHP testing at three of these (Peete, Cooper, and Lafitte), and Data Recovery at two (Peete and Lafitte). She also served as PI for the data recovery at the St. Thomas housing complex as well as the World War II Museum
Dr. Yakubik is currently serving as the Principal Investigator cultural resources investigations for the rebuilding of the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, formerly known as the University Medical Center. Work on this large-scale, complex project has been performed under contraction to the Louisiana State Department of Facility Planning and Control. To date, the work has included developing a detailed history and a predictive model for the location of archaeological remains, conducting Phase I and Phase II archaeological investigations, and archaeological monitoring. All of this work has required careful coordination with demolition and construction crews in order to avoid project delays. In addition, the project has entailed recordation of structures in the Mid-City Historic District, documentation of the McDonogh 11 School, documentation of the Deutsches Haus, and documentation and completion of the National Register nomination for Charity Hospital. Thus far, nine Management Summaries of the Phase I and II testing of nine city squares have been produced.
For the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), Dr. Yakubik served as PI for the Phase I survey for terminal locations for the Canal Streetcar replacement. For the Canal Streetcar Line, she was PI for the survey of the Marconi Drive and Beauregard Circle spur terminal sites, the Lafitte
SIS facility, and that portion of the line between N. Anthony and City Park Ave. Yakubik was also PI for the cultural resources inventory of the New Orleans Passenger terminal and an NRHP evaluation of the Bus Heavy Overhaul Facility, A. Philip Randolph Operating Station. ESI did the historic and documentary research to develop probability models for the locations of archaeological remains for the Desire Streetcar Corridor Major Investment Study (MIS), and performed archaeological testing for the Desire Corridor EIS. Dr. Yakubik is also PI for the Phase I and Phase II investigations at the proposed site of the Canal Boulevard Terminal and drafted the MOA for the project. Currently, she is PI for the cultural resources assessment Rampart/St. Claude Streetcar Project.
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