NAGPRA Project Staff

NAGPRA implementation is an administrative function of the University. The NAGPRA Project reports to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (See organizational chart). 

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Croughan serves as the Chancellor’s designee for campus oversight NAGPRA Program in compliance with the UC Policy on Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation. Email: Provost@ucdavis.edu; Phone (530) 752-2065


Megon Noble, M.A., NAGPRA Project Manager

Email: mnoble@ucdavis.edu | Phone: (530) 752-8501

Megon Noble serves as the Repatriation Coordinator in compliance with the UC Policy on Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation. Megon Noble was hired in 2014 to develop and manage the campus’s NAGPRA Project. Megon is responsible for ongoing NAGPRA compliance efforts and establishing a proactive consultation program with Native American tribes to facilitate repatriations. Megon serves as the point of contact for all NAGPRA inquiries. Megon teaches NAGPRA courses across the country to museum, agency, and tribal staff and representatives through the National Preservation Institute.

Prior to UC Davis, Megon served as the NAGPRA Coordinator for University of Washington’s Burke Museum. In addition to NAGPRA work, Megon has taught museum collections management coursework through the University of Washington Museology Graduate Program and Northwest Indian College.


Carrie Cohen, M.A., NAGPRA Specialist

Carrie Cohen joined the UC Davis NAGPRA Project in 2016. She assists with consultations and NAGPRA reporting and is responsible for the curatorial management of NAGPRA related collections. Carrie received her BA (2010) and her MA (2016) in Anthropology from California State University, Sacramento with an emphasis on museum collections management. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Carrie worked for the Bureau of Reclamation (NAGPRA/Archaeological Museum Technician), at the California State Parks Statewide Museum Collections Center (Graduate Curatorial Assistant), and at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (Archaeologist).


Michael Walters, M.A., NAGPRA Osteologist

Michael Walters joined the NAGPRA Project in 2017. He is responsible for identifying and documenting human remains. Before UC Davis, he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History’s Anthropology Department on their NAGPRA compliance efforts. He received his B.S. in Anthropology with a minor in Kinesiology at the University of Houston in 2014 and his M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma in 2017.