Richie is an archaeologist who specializes in the first peoples of the Great Basin, with a particular focus on Oregon. Specifically, he studies stone tool technology, organization, and chronology to inform on broader cultural and social patterns, diversity, and development. His most recent work has focused on evaluating and building a cultural chronology for the first 5,000 years of prehistory in the American West. Originally from West Virginia and a recent MA graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno, Richie now works for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. He has been part of ongoing research of a rock shelter in central Oregon for the past 5 years, where the University of Oregon teaches undergraduates in excavation and research methods.