Education

1978 B.A. Anthropology, University of Connecticut

1981 M.A. Anthropology, Florida Atlantic University

1985 PhD Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

Current Position

Curator of Caribbean Archaeology

Languages

  • Spanish – reading (good), speaking (fair)
  • French – reading (good), speaking (good)
  • Haïtien Creole – actively learning

Employment History

2000-present Curator of Anthropology,Florida Museum of Natural History

1992-2000 Associate Curator of Anthropology, Florida Museum of Natural History.

1987-1992 Assistant Curator of Anthropology and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Florida Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology, UF.

1986-1987 Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology and South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina.

1985-1986 Visiting Scholar in North American Prehistory, Center for Archaeological

Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Administrative Positions

  • 2000-2001 Associate Director for Research and Collections and Chairman, Department of Natural History, Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 1998-2000 Assistant Director for Research and Collections and Chairman, Department of Natural History, Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 1998-present Administrative Committee, Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 1994-1998 Chairman, Department of Anthropology, Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 1994-1998 Executive Committee, Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 1991-1993 Executive Committee, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida.
  • 1989-present Faculty Affiliate, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida.
  • 1995-present Faculty Affiliate, College of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Florida.
  • Editorial Positions
  • 1998- present Editor, Journal of Caribbean Archaeology.
  • 2005-present Editorial Board, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology.
  • 1996-present Advisory Board, Archaeology Database, Human Relations Area Files, New Haven.
  • 1996-present Advisory Board, Archaeology Database, Human Relations Area Files, New Haven.
  • 1994-2008 Contributing Editor for the Caribbean Area, Handbook of Latin American Studies, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C..
  • 1993-2004 Contributing Editor for the Caribbean, Journal of Archaeological Research.

Awards

  • 2007 International Educator of the Year, Florida Museum of Natural History, The International Center, University of Florida.
  • 1989 Morton H. Fried Prize, General Division, American Anthropological Association Awarded for the best paper in general anthropology published in the American Anthropologist.
  • Professional Societies
  • American Anthropological Association (Archeology and General Anthropology)
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • International Association for Caribbean Archaeology
  • Bahamas National Trust

University and Professional Service

  • 1988-present Curator of the Ripley P. and Adelaide K. Bullen Research Library of Caribbean Archaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 1986-present Board of Directors, Foundation for the Protection of Reefs and Islands from Degradation and Exploitation, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • 1994-1998 Curriculum Committee, College of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Florida.
  • 1996-1998 Chair, Provost’s Council on Faculty Enhancement Activities, University of Florida.
  • 1993-1997 Provost’s Council on Faculty Enhancement Activities, University of Florida.
  • 1989-1994 Curtis A. Wilgus Award Committee, Center for Latin American Studies,
  • University of Florida.
  • 1993-1994 University Senate, University of Florida.
  • 1989-1990 University Senate, University of Florida.
  • 1989-1990 John M. Goggin and Charles A. Fairbanks Awards Committee. Anthropology Department, University of Florida.
  • 1989 Consultant, National Geographic Magazine, “Mesoamerica and South America: Native American Cultures on the Eve of European Contact (1491).”
  • 1986-1987 Board of Directors, Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Museum Experience

  • 2015-present  Consultant, TerraMar Museum, Bonaire, DWI.
  • 1990-present  Consultant, Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Committee, Nassau, Bahamas.
  • 2010-2013 Natural History Advisory Committee, Florida Museum of Natural History
  • 2007-2010 Liaison, between Divisions of Research and Collections and Education and Public Programs, Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 2004-2007 Exhibits Committee Member, Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 1989-2012  Consultant for Caribbean, Wilderness Graphics, Inc., Tallahassee, FL.
  • 1999-2000  Curator, TAINO VISIONS, Dickinson Hall, Florida Museum of Natural History.  [Since 2012 San Salvador, The Bahamas.]
  • 1993-1997 Exhibit Planning Committees for Powell Hall Education and Exhibition Center, Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 1989-2010 Consultant to Turks and Caicos National Museum, archaeology exhibits, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, BWI.
  • 1996-1998 Consultant, WATERS AND WATERWAYS EXHIBIT ($34, 992, State of Florida grant). Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 1989-1993 Consultant, BETTER THAN GOLD ($262,000, NSF Informal Science Education grant). Traveling exhibit concerning initial European reconnaissance of American environments. Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 1988-1989 Exhibit Planning Committee, Florida Museum of Natural History. Committee worked with architects and exhibit planners to develop concepts for a new exhibition center prior to fundraising.
  • 1988-1990 Curator, FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL IMAGES ($30,000 Dunn Foundation Grant). Poster exhibit and teacher’s manual describing the first European descriptions of the Americas in the 15th century. Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 1987-1988 Consultant, FIRST ENCOUNTERS: Spanish Explorations in the Caribbean and the Eastern United States, 1492-1570. National traveling exhibit, Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • 1989 Transatlantic Encounters. Newberry Library and NEH Summer Institute. Newberry Library, Chicago. June.
  • 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992 Docent orientation, Florida Museum of Natural History.