Current Students

The collections and assistance in research are available for scholars both in and outside of the University of Florida. Consequently, a number of undergraduate and graduate students work on individual projects using the collections. Some of these studies are the basis of honors theses, Masters theses, and Ph.D. dissertations. An introductory class in zooarchaeology is taught every other year by Dr. Susan deFrance through the Anthropology Department at the University of Florida. The class acquaints students with research procedures involved in zooarchaeology and gives them an opportunity to analyze a faunal sample from an archaeological site. Drs. deFrance and Emery also offer advanced and specialized zooarchaeology classes. Dr. Emery offers two classes in environmental archaeology, one a lab methods class (Environmental Archaeology) and the other a discussion class (Lessons from Ancient Environments).

The following students currently work with the Environmental Archaeology Program:

Ayvaz, Melissa
Department: Anthropology
Degree Program: MA
Committee Chair: William Marquardt (Florida Museum)
Committee Members: Karen Walker (Florida Museum)
Email: ayvaz@ufl.edu
Research Interests:

Blessing, Meggan
Department: Anthropology
Degree Program: Ph.D
Committee Chair:
Committee Members:
Email: mblessng@ufl.edu
Research Interests:

Arianne_Boileau_-_resized_small2.jpgBoileau, Arianne
Department: Anthropology
Degree Program: Ph.D
Committee Chair: Kitty F. Emery (Florida Museum)
Committee Members: Ken Sassaman (Anthropology), Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo (Anthropology), and Ida Altman (History)
Email: aboileau7@ufl.edu
Research Interests: Social status and community organization at the moment of Maya Spanish contact as revealed by zooarchaeology at Lamanai, Belize
Past Degrees: MA Anthropology 2013 at Trent University
MA Thesis: Maya Exploitation of Animal Resources During the Middle Preclassic Period: An Archaeozoological Analysis from Pacbitun, Belize (PDF)

student Cannarozzi2Cannarozzi, Nicole
Department: Anthropology
Degree Program: Ph.D
Committee Chair: Susan D. deFrance (Anthropology)
Committee Members: Kitty F. Emery and Douglas Jones (Florida Museum)
Email: nrozzi@windstream.net
Research Interests: My interests are in the season of occupation of shell mound sites of the Southeastern United States during the late Archaic period. My thesis research involves the application of sclerochronological techniques to document the periodicity of shell formation in modern specimens of the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) in order to establish a proxy for seasonal use of oysters in the archaeological record. I am currently working on oysters from a shell ring located on St. Catherine's Island Georgia.

student Petra oaxacaCunningham-Smith, Petra
Department: Anthropology
Degree Program: Ph.D
Committee Chair: Kitty F. Emery
Committee Members: Susan deFrance and Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo
Email: pcunninghamsmith@ufl.edu
Research Interests: Ancient Maya coastal and island archaeology, trade and animal use. Mesoamerican zooarchaeology, environmental archaeology.
Past Degrees: MA Anthropology University of Central Florida 2011

student Duffy LisaDuffy, Lisa
Department: Anthropology
Degree Program: Ph.D
Committee Chair: Kitty Emery (Florida Museum)
Committee Members: Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo (Anthropology), Susan deFrance (Anthropology), Mark Brenner (Geology)
Email: lisagd@ufl.edu
Research Interests: Ancient Maya subsistence, residue analysis, maize, zooarchaeology
EAP Research: Employed at FLMNH as research assistant for contract zooarchaeology work and collections management.
Past Degrees: MA, Anthropology (Archaeology Track) 2011 at University of Central Florida.

student Lefebvre1LeFebvre, Michelle J.
Department: Anthropology
Degree Program: Ph.D
Committee Chair: Susan D. deFrance (Anthropology)
Committee Members: Kitty F. Emery and William Keegan (Florida Museum)
Email: mjl0201@ufl.edu
Research Interests: My research interests focus on the zooarchaeology of islands. I am interested in documenting prehistoric human-environment interaction via vertebrate and shellfish exploitation; including both anthropogenic and natural environment change as well as traditional ecological knowledge. My primary geographic area of interest is the Caribbean.
Past Degrees: B.A. 2003 - University of Kentucky, M.A. 2005 - University of Florida

Macrae, Scott
Department: Anthropology
Degree Program: Ph.D
Committee Chair: Kitty Emery (Florida Museum)
Email: smacrae@ufl.edu

student PalmiottoPalmiotto, Andrea
Department: Anthropology
Degree Program: Ph.D
Committee Chair: Ken Sassaman (Anthropology)
Committee Members:
Email: apalmiotto@ufl.edu
Past Degrees: B.A. 2007 - University of South Carolina (Anthropology), M.A. 2011 - University of Florida (Anthropology)
Research Interests: Southestern US Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, Stable Isotopes, Environmental Change, Subsistence Practice, Time and Seasonality. Currently analyzing faunal remains from sites in the Lower Suwannee region of Florida with the EAP.

student Sharpe anthroSharpe, Ashley E.
Department: Anthropology
Degree Program: Ph.D
Committee Chair: Kitty F. Emery (Florida Museum)
Committee Members: Susan D. deFrance (Anthropology), John Krigbaum (Anthropology), Susan Milbrath (Florida Museum), and Mark Brenner (Geology)
Email: asharpe@ufl.edu
Past Degrees: B.A., Boston University 2009; M.A., University of Florida 2011
Research Interests: Tracking environmental and societal interactions of the ancient Maya using zooarchaeology
MA Thesis: Beyond Capitals and Kings: A Comparison of Animal Resource Use among Ten Late Classic Maya Sites (PDF)

Michael_Wylde_-_resized_small.jpgWylde, Michael
Department: Anthropology
Degree Program: Ph.D
Committee Chair: Susan deFrance (Anthropology)
Committee Members: Michael Moseley (Anthropology), Peter Collings (Anthropology), and Jason Byrd (Pathology)
Email: mwylde@ufl.edu
Past Degrees: B.A., Florida Gulf Coast University 2008; M.A., University of Florida 2013
Research Interests: The place of dogs in ancient societies; current projects in New Mexico and Peru