Tim Murphy enjoyed running during his collegiate career in Track and Field at the University of California, Irvine before pursuing work in archaeology. Soon after, he worked in Cultural Resource Management for three years in California and assisted teaching at field schools with the San Bernardino National Forest and Wind Wolves Preserve. Tim then attended Northern Arizona University for a Master’s Degree in Archaeology studying ancient trails in the Mojave Desert using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He was invited to work at Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center after graduating and interned for the fall and winter of 2015. He then accepted an archaeology position on Vandenberg Air Force Base, California with CH2M/Jacobs Engineering and worked there from 2016 to 2019. Before returning back to Shumla in 2020, Tim fulfilled a dream of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada during the summer of 2019.