Graduate Students

SFLArch Melissa AyvazMelissa Ayvaz

Melissa is currently working towards her M.A. degree in Anthropology at UF. Her research centers on the dynamic relationship between past peoples and their environments in coastal Southwest Florida. During the summer of 2011, she completed fieldwork at the Pineland Site Complex. Her goal was to test the hypothesis that a hurricane and associated storm surge in the 4th century A.D. impacted the site and can be traced through the archaeological record. In addition to her interest in archaeological and environmental studies, Melissa is passionate about linking ongoing research with existing museum collections and in disseminating information about the past.


SFLArch Jennifer HaneyJennifer M. Haney

Jennifer holds an M.A. degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree specializing in Paleoethnobotany at Penn State. Jennifer's research interests focus on the maintenance of anthropogenic environments associated with subsistence economies, plant domestication, resource choices, and issues of sustainability. For her dissertation research, she is analyzing charred wood remains collected from the Pineland Site Complex in order to examine choices of fuel-wood use, including changes through time, extraction impacts, and sustainability.


SFLArch Nathan LawresNathan Lawres

Nathan holds a B.A. in Anthropology (with Honors) and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida. His previous research has primarily focused on indigenous patterns of warfare, particularly among the Seminoles and other Muskhogean-speaking cultural groups. Nathan is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Anthropology at the University of Florida. His current research is focused on the Blueberry Site, a multicomponent Belle Glade village site in Highlands County. He is interested in the dynamics of regional interactions and how these interactions, along with the everyday behavioral practices of past actors, helped to shape the anthropogenic world of South Florida.


SFLArch Allysha WinburnAllysha Winburn

Allysha is an Anthropology doctoral student at UF, where her Ph.D. research focuses on the interaction between age and activity on the skeletal degeneration of the hip joint. A Graduate Analyst at UF’s C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory (CAPHIL), she has also worked as a Forensic Anthropologist at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC-CIL) in Hawaii. She is currently conducting research at the FLMNH on the bioarchaeology of southwest Florida and the burial practices of the Calusa and other maritime peoples. Allysha holds a B.A. in Archaeological Studies from Yale and an M.A. in Anthropology from NYU.