CHES PhD Alumnus Jay Reti (2013) was just named as the new Director of the Santa Cruz Island Reserve of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Santa Cruz Island is the largest island off the coast of California (about four times larger than Manhattan Island) with many endemic species of plans and animals. Jay will oversee all research on the island and develop conservation and education programs. His work on the island goes back to his High School days in California, but now, as an archaeologist, he sees many lines of research there that indulge his interests in lithic analysis and the development of statistical methods for assessing human reliance on technology. For example, he's studying how raw materials were transported and traded to determine economic patterns and relationships between different populations of Chumash Native Americans on the island.