Here at Alaska Earth Sciences, we have a hard working, experienced team who are ready to meet all of your needs.

ROBERT RETHERFORD

President

A Certified Professional Geologist with a M.S. in Geology from the University of Colorado, Rob has 38 years experience in geologic consulting. Ten of those years were devoted to geotechnical investigations supporting civil engineering for hydroelectric projects, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and foundations. He has spent a considerable portion of his career managing drilling camps of all sizes on native corporation lands across Alaska. Rob is a member of the Alaska Minerals Commission, a director of the Alaska Miners Association, and has been an advisor to the land managers of nine of Alaska’s Native Regional Corporations. Rob oversees company and field operations.

BILL ELLIS

Vice President

A graduate of the Mackey School of Mines and Certified Professional Geologist, Bill brings 39 years of primarily Alaskan experience to AES, exploring for most metal commodities and energy. Major mining company experience includes Battle Mountain Gold, American Copper and Nickel, Sunshine Mining, and Anaconda Copper. More than half of his exploration career has been involved in managing exploration on native corporation lands. He has implemented complex, multi-year programs ranging from small remote reconnaissance camps through semi-permanent drill camps with multi-million dollar budgets. He currently directs the technical efforts of the AES geologic staff.

Michelle Johnson

Chief Operating Officer

Michelle has worked with Alaska Earth Sciences since 2006. Michelle began her career with AES in administration and logistics and then expanded her role to Community Engagement upon completion of her Masters in Sociology from the University of Montana with an emphasis in Rural and Environmental Change. Michelle became a partner is 2015. Most recently, Michelle has assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer and oversees the Anchorage-based operations as well as the Community Engagement and Logistics needs of field programs.