Robert J. Speakman, Ph.D, RPA came to CAIS in 2011. Under his leadership, CAIS has significantly grown and expanded its research capabilities and has increased its funding by more than 50%. Dr. Speakman is responsible for CAIS operations, client services, and quality control and ensures CAIS’ research integrity and regulatory compliance. With more than 25 years of archaeological research experience in the North and South America and the Russian Far East, he has managed more than 100 projects and authored or co-authored over 200 technical reports. Dr. Speakman has been at the forefront of geochemical-based research of archaeological ceramic, obsidian and alloys in the United States for almost two decades and is an internationally recognized expert in neutron activation analysis, X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, European Union, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and various other state and federal agencies. Prior to CAIS, he was a physical scientist and department head at the Smithsonian Institution (2006–2011) and a researcher at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (1997–2006). Dr. Speakman is committed to STEM education at all levels. He was CoPI of an NSF REU Research Site while at the Smithsonian and has supervised Marie Curie International Career Development Fellows, Fulbright Scholars, and Kress Foundation Fellows. Dr. Speakman has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, including monographs, edited volumes, and research papers in scientific journals. He is on the editorial board and/or associate editor for several journals, including Geoarchaeology, is a Registered Professional Archaeologist, and is active in multiple professional associations and societies.
And: Jeff is an avid collector of Cold War Era radiation detectors and related memorabilia.