People

Alyssa Loorya
Alyssa Loorya, PhD, R.P.A.
aloorya@chrysalisarchaeology.com

Alyssa Loorya, PhD, R.P.A.

President and Principal Investigator

Ms. Loorya is Principal Investigator and President of Chrysalis Archaeology. Working within New York City and the surrounding area since 1994, her research focuses on 18th-19th century urban and industrial infrastructure and development and the Revolutionary era of New York City. Ms. Loorya has over 15 years of experience working in cultural resource management and has contributed to all phases of the environmental review process across a wide variety of sites. She is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists and meets the professional qualifications of the National Parks Services 36CFR 61. She continues to work toward completion of her Doctorate.

In addition to her archaeological work, Ms. Loorya has developed special content curricula in archaeology, historic preservation, and architecture for the New York City Department of Education and several local museums and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Loorya is Vice President of the Hendrick I. Lott House Preservation Association and is on the Board of Directors New York City's Historic Districts Council. She is also a past President of the Professional Archaeologists of New York.



Chris Ricciardi
Chris Ricciardi, Ph.D., R.P.A.
cricciardi@chrysalisarchaeology.com

Chris Ricciardi, Ph.D., R.P.A.

Dr. Ricciardi is co-founder and a consulting partner of Chrysalis Archaeology. With over 20 years of experience in the field, D. Ricciardi is an expert on Section 106 and Federal, State, and Local regulatory criteria for compliance. His research has focused on 18th and 19th century rural communities, highlighting the development of New York City's outer boroughs and its surrounding area.

Dr. Ricciardi served as an archeologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division from 2001 - 2010. He has been President of the Professional Archaeologists of New York and is committed to local historic preservation.



Matthew Brown, Ph.D.
Matthew Brown, Ph.D.
mbrown@chrysalisarchaeology.com

Matthew Brown, Ph.D.

Forensic Archaeologist

Mr. Brown is a forensic archaeologist currently working towards his doctorate at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. He has worked on several historic sites within New York City, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.



Leah Mollin-Kling, M.A.
lmkling@chrysalisarchaeology.com

Leah Mollin-Kling, M.A.

Archaeologist




Eileen Kao
Eileen Kao
ekao@chrysalisarchaeology.com

Eileen Kao

Archaeologist

Since 2006, Ms. Kao has worked on pre-historic and historic sites throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Ohio, West Virginia, and Central America. In CRM, her experience ranges from rural to urban settings and includes all phases of the Section 106 process, as well as extensive archival research, archaeological documentary studies, and laboratory work.

Ms. Kao is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Anthropology/Archaeology at Hunter College, City University of New York.