Research Associates

SFLArch Robert AustinRobert J. Austin

Bob is Vice President and Principal Investigator of Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida and a M.A. in Public Archaeology from the University of South Florida. He has worked as a Florida archaeologist and lithic analyst for over 30 years. His comprehensive analysis of lithic artifacts from the Pineland Site Complex appears in Monograph 4.

 

SFLArch Robin BrownRobin C. Brown

Robin is a retired physician who has contributed significantly to Florida archaeology by means of replicative experimentation. He worked with curators, graduate students, technicians, and volunteers associated with the Anthropology Division of the Florida Museum in preparing his book about Florida's human prehistory, Florida's First People. He is co-author of a chapter on wood and cordage from Pineland, published in Monograph 4.

 

SFLArch Merald ClarkMerald R. Clark

Merald is an anthropologist, artist, scientific illustrator, historical re-enactor, and educator. He received his B.S. from Michigan State University in zoology, a B.A. in biological illustration from University of Florida and his M.A. in anthropology, also from UF. He illustrated many of the artifacts published in our books and papers, and his artist's conceptions of Calusa life have greatly enhanced our publications and exhibits, including the Calusa Heritage Trail. His chapter on Calusa masks and figureheads appears in Monograph 4.

 

SFLArch Gloria ComstockGloria Comstock

Gloria graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in the History of Textiles and Quilt Studies Master of Arts program in 2010. Currently, she is working with the Seminole textile collections at the Florida Museum. In 2006 and 2010, she coordinated the Quilting Natural Florida I and II exhibitions at the Florida Museum. She completed two Florida Museum internships working with Karen Walker and Elise LeCompte, which included developing a new condition-reporting form specific to Seminole/Miccosukee objects.

 

SFLArch Richard ComstockRichard Comstock

Rick is a retired registered nurse with a long-standing interest in antiquities and material culture. He and his wife have spent many years studying and collecting American antiques. Working with Elise LeCompte, he is digitizing the photographic collection, including photos from the Florida Ethnographic Collection.

 

SFLArch Ann CordellAnn S. Cordell

Ann is a staff archaeologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History. She manages the museum's Ceramic Technology Laboratory and conducts pottery analyses for museum curators. She has studied prehistoric and historic aboriginal pottery from Florida (including Pineland), the southeastern U.S., and the Caribbean, with a specialization in petrographic analysis. Her work has refined and elaborated our substantive and chronological understanding of Southwest Florida aboriginal pottery.

 

SFLArch Susan deFranceSusan D. deFrance

Susan is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department, University of Florida. She specializes in zooarchaeology, focusing on faunal sites excavated in the Moquegua Valley in Peru, and also from various West Indian islands and the southeastern U.S. Her research is interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on both the dietary and the environmental realms. With Karen Walker, she co-authored the chapter on Pineland zooarchaeology in Monograph 4, and her zooarchaeology students continue to be involved in the analysis of Pineland samples.

 

SFLArch Sue Ellen HunterSue Ellen Hunter

Sue Ellen began her career as teacher of sciences and mathematics in middle and high schools after receiving her B.A. from Michigan State University. Her skills include computer programming and graphic arts. After interning as a scientific illustrator for the U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service, she began illustrating for the South Florida program as a volunteer in 1991 and was subsequently hired as an illustrator in 1992. She has served as artist, illustrator, and desk-top-publishing specialist for several publications, including Monographs 3 and 4.

 

SFLArch Elise LeCompteElise V. LeCompte

Elise is Registrar of the Anthropology Division of the Florida Museum. She has an M.A. in anthropology and is a certified conservation technician. She participated in the 1992 excavation of waterlogged wood, cordage, and seeds from Old Mound at Pineland. She managed the Southwest Florida Project laboratory in Gainesville, receiving incoming artifacts and supervising the initial curation of the Pineland artifact collections. She worked with Bill Marquardt to re-organize all of the museum's South Florida collections, including conservation and rehousing of the Key Marco Collection. She participated in the NEH-sponsored Pineland collection rehabilitation, and has in many ways supported our efforts to improve the Florida Ethnographic Collection.

 

SFLArch Darcie MacMahonDarcie A. MacMahon

Darcie is Assistant Director of the Florida Museum, in charge of Exhibits. Trained as an archaeologist, she has been involved in numerous excavations and has directed several collections improvement projects. She headed the team that created the first permanent exhibit in the Museum's Hall of South Florida People and Environments, working with curator Bill Marquardt. The two collaborated on a traveling exhibit and a poster exhibit on Florida's Gulf Coast fishing tradition, and co-authored the book, The Calusa and Their Legacy. Darcie also helped design the Calusa Heritage Trail, an interpreted walking trail at the Pineland Site Complex.

 

SFLArch Lee NewsomLee A. Newsom

Lee is an environmental archaeologist, paleoethnobotanist, and wood anatomist. She works with preserved plant remains from archaeological and paleontological sites, and is generally directed toward trying to unravel some of the deep history and inter-complexities of the human-environmental relationship. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida in 1993 and currently serves as Associate Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. With Margaret Scarry, she undertook the first systematic archaeobotanical research on multiple sites and time periods in southwest Florida. Their co-authored chapter on Pineland paleoethnobotany appears in Monograph 4.

 

SFLArch Irvy QuitmyerIrvy R. Quitmyer

Irv is a zooarchaeologist who has been associated with the Southwest Florida Project since 1986. He holds a joint appointment as the collection manager in the Environmental Archaeology Program and as a Museum research associate. Throughout his 35-year career, he has focused on the zooarchaeology of maritime people of southeastern North America, Caribbean, and Central America. He is among the first zooarchaeologists in the Southeast to apply techniques in mollusk sclerochronology (study of growth rings) as a tool to estimate the seasonality of archaeological sites and the impact of humans on their environment. Many of his publications are directly part of or strongly influenced by his work at sites on Pineland and Useppa Island.

 

SFLArch Donna RuhlDonna L. Ruhl

Donna is an archaeobotanist and collections manager for North Florida archaeology and bioarchaeology. Her research interests include southeastern U.S. archaeology, archaeobotany, and curation practices. She is interested in Native American uses of plants and their impact on landscapes and waterscapes. Key questions include economic strategies, subsistence, climate, and their changes through time. She is also interested in how best to obtain and manage archaeological collections for the future. Donna participated in the NEH-sponsored Pineland collections rehabilitation project, focusing on both dry and waterlogged plant remains.

 

SFLArch Margaret ScarryC. Margaret Scarry

Margie is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She specializes in archaeology and paleoethnobotany, especially that of the late prehistoric and early historic peoples of the southeastern United States. She is interested in understanding the articulation between the subsistence practices and the complex social and political relations of the Native Americans and early European colonists who lived in the region. With Lee Newsom, Margie did the defining work on the paleoethnobotany of the Calusa. Their co-authored chapter on that subject appears in Monograph 4.

 

SFLArch Donna SurgeDonna M. Surge

Donna is Associate Professor of Geochemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research interests bridge the fields of paleoclimatology, paleoecology, archaeology, and low-temperature geochemistry. Her projects focus on isotopic proxies of climate and ecological change contained in accretionary, hard-part remains of coastal marine shellfish and finfish from Holocene archaeological deposits and Neogene fossil deposits. Her studies have included paleoclimatic studies of archaeological catfish otoliths and quahog clams from Pineland, in collaboration with Karen Walker.

 

SFLArch Victor ThompsonVictor D. Thompson

Victor is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Ohio State University. He specializes in the study of socio-political complexity and the historical ecology of wetland and coastal environments in the American Southeast. Informed by political economic theory, his work utilizes geophysical survey, stable isotope analysis, and regional analysis to explore the archaeology of complex socio-ecological systems. He has analyzed Florida Museum collections from the Fort Center site, and he visited the Pineland site in July 2011 with his field school students to do ground-penetrating radar and resistivity survey of selected areas in collaboration with Bill Marquardt and Karen Walker.

 

SFLArch Ting WangTing Wang

Ting completed her Ph.D. in Geochemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2011. In collaboration with Karen Walker and with her mentor, Donna Surge, she has undertaken paleoclimatological research on archaeological clam shells and catfish otoliths from Pineland. Ting's M.A. thesis focused on specimens dating to the cool Vandal Minimum period. As part of her dissertation project, she analyzed Pineland specimens from the Roman Warm period.

 

SFLArch Richard WorkmanRichard W. Workman

Dick is a biologist with a strong interest in environmental conservation, focused especially on preserving Florida's native plants. He has lived in Florida since 1973, when he moved here to direct the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Now a professional environmental consultant, Dick is an accomplished artifact replicator and often participates in Randell Research Center public events. He is author of the book Growing Native.