Dave Bailey

Lab Director and Professor of Geosciences


David Bailey's current research focuses on the history of igneous and tectonic activity in the northeastern United States and on the mineralogy of New York State. He is a recipient of National Science Foundation ILI and CCLI grants and is a research associate of the New York State Museum. Baily has written numerous peer-reviewed papers, conference abstracts and field trip guides. He earned his doctorate from Washington State University. His dissertation focused on geochemistry and petrogenesis of Miocene volcanic rocks in the Powder River Volcanic Field, northeast Oregon.

Nathan Goodale

Associate Professor of Anthropology


Nathan Goodale is a scientifically oriented anthropological archaeologist with interests in the origin of villages and small-scale, semi-sedentary societies as well as technological adaptations. He specializes in the rise of complex hunter-gatherers in the interior Pacific Northwest, the forager/farmer transition in Southwest Asia and rural coastal adaptations in western Ireland. His research emphases include paleodemography, technological adaptations, modeling human behavior with quantitative methods, lithic technological organization and geochemical spatial analysis, all couched in an evolutionary theoretical framework to understand human behavior. He earned his doctorate in anthropology from Washington State University.

Richard Conrey

Senior Laboratory Technician



Rick is a geologist with interests in the volcanic and tectonic history of the Cascade arc of the Western U.S. With personal XRF data collected over more than three decades (he first ran a Norelco XRF spectrometer in 1982), he has a vested interest in data quality and evaluation of measurement uncertainty. Rick has three geology degrees, a B.S. and M.S. from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. from Washington State University. Following completion of his Ph.D. in 1991, Rick spent a post-doc year with the Geological Survey of Japan using the K-Ar method to date young Cascade volcanic rocks from northern Oregon. Since then Rick has continued to map and acquire XRF data in the Oregon Cascade Range, both privately and as a USGS volunteer. His primary colleagues at the USGS have been Dave Sherrod and the late Russ Evarts. In 2004 Rick took over supervision of the XRF analytical service at the WSU Geoanalytical Lab, which he ran for 10 years. In 2015 he moved to Hamilton College and is the head technician at the newly established Hamilton Analytical Lab (HAL). Rick enjoys sculling and sweep rowing, cross country skiing, reading, and hoppy beers, not necessarily in that order.

Laureen Wagoner

Laboratory Technician



Laureen has 14 years of experience in whole-rock sample preparation for XRF and ICP-MS analysis. She is skilled in data reduction, quality control, and innovating solutions to unique customer requests. She oversees the progress of customer submittals from sample preparation to invoicing and shipment of returns. She enjoys training students and visitors to prepare their own samples for analysis, and can’t wait to open the boxes of samples that are received by HAL. Laureen holds a B.S. in geology from Humboldt State University, a M.S. in geology from Washington State University, an M.Sc. in Quaternary Studies from Royal Holloway, University College London, and is a graduate of the Western University Short Course on Modern XRF Spectrometry. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, rowing and craft beers.


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