Confirmed Speakers

The second First Floridians First Americans Conference is already coming together. We believe it will be even better than the first conference in 2012.  I am excited to have the following speakers confirmed:

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David Webb retired 12 years ago from the University of Florida and lives off the grid in the mountains of western Montana. His official title is Distinguished Research Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Emeritus. For four decades he worked for the Museum of Natural History and taught in the departments of Geology and Zoology. David served as visiting Professor at Yale, the University of Chicago, and University of California at Berkeley. He has published over 200 scientific and popular articles. Three of his books relevant to this conference are “Pleistocene Mammals of Florida”, “The Great American Biotic Interchange”, and “First Floridians and Last Mastodons”. He is pictured here proudly holding a mastodon tusk excavated from one of the many sites worked during the Aucilla River Prehistory Project (ARPP).


Michael Waters: Michael Waters is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University.  He is known for his expertise in First American studies and geoarchaeology.  He is actively involved in the study of Clovis and Pre-Clovis archaeological sites such as the Debra L. Friedkin, Texas, Manis, Washington, Page-Ladson, Florida, Wally’s Beach, Canada, Anzick, Montana, Gault, Texas, and Hogeye, Texas.  Waters and his research have been highlighted in articles that appeared in Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and National Geographic.  Waters received the 2003 Kirk Bryan Award and the 2004 Rip Rapp Archaeological Geology Award given by the Geological Society of America.  He was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2004.


Jim Dunbar received an undergraduate degree in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology from the University of Florida in 1975 and was dutifully employed by the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research (BAR). He was eventually transferred to the Public Lands Archaeological program, during which time he was awarded grants from the National Geographic Society to conduct work on the Wakulla Springs Lodge site as well as the Aucilla Wildlife Management Area. Dr. Dunbar is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Aucilla Research Institute (ARI).


Dr. Jack Rink is a professor and researcher at McMaster University, McMaster Institute of Applied Radiation Sciences. He began his education in Florida where he received his Ph.D. in Geology at Florida State University. After working on projects in Africa, Europe and Asia, Dr. Rink returned to Florida several years ago to work on the Salt Springs site near Palatka. He has since worked at sites around the state including several shell middens on St. Joseph’s Bay in Florida. Dr. Rink and his associates specialize in a special type of geochronology called Optical Stimulated Luminescence—or OSL for short–that is used to date archaeological sites and geological features. OSL dating is a system of sampling and measuring the amount of energy that is trapped within soils. Quartz and quartzite accumulate energy in them through time. This energy comes from the breakdown of very small quantities of radioactive materials that are locally present in the earth’s crust. The rate of breakdown and energy release is relatively constant. However, some environmental factors such as moisture can affect the accumulation of this energy.


Lee Newsom is an archaeologist, paleoethnobotanist, and wood anatomist. Her research involves preserved plant remains from archaeological and paleontological sites, and is directed toward trying to unravel some of the deep history and inter-complexities of the human- environmental relationship. She works primarily with plant macroremains, including wood, seeds, and other organs, and in a variety of preservation states (carbonized, waterlogged, desiccated). She employs these data sets to explore details of ancient environments and past biodiversity, and use that as a basis on which to focus on human use of biotic resources. Dr. Newsom is a McArthur scholar.

Andy Hemmings

Andy Hemmings Ph.D. is a Florida trained archaeologist and expert on the oldest Paleoindian sites in the United States. Andy is a Florida trained archaeologist and expert on the oldest Paleoindian sites in the United States. He received his MA and Ph.D from UF, and has worked extensively in Paleoindian archaeology and anthropology. His research interests have focused on the earliest Americans, their cultures, tools, and deposits. Working at Florida sites like the Sloth Hole, Aucilla and Wacissa Rivers, and submerged environments in Florida, Mexico and elsewhere, Andy Hemmings is one of Florida’s most knowledgeable and experienced experts on early human presence in the Americas. He is currently a professor of archaeology and anthropology at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, but lives much of the year outside Gainesville.


Mary Glowacki  is a State Archaeologist and Chief, Bureau of Archaeological Research. Florida Division of Historical Resources. Mary Glowacki has served as suupervisor for its Public Lands Archaeology program. She has been very active in the Panhandle Archaeological Society at Tallahassee (PAST). Mary has taught various courses in anthropology and archaeology at Florida State University Additionally she has overseen a number of grant-funded  archaeological projects in Peru.


Rochelle Marrinan Chair of Anthropology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Mission Archaeology in Northwest Florida. Rochelle Marrinan is Associate Professor of Anthropology a Florida State University. She is the author of many works on Mission archaeology. Dr. Marrinan has worked in mission sites in Leon and Jefferson counties since 1984.


David Thulman “Paleoindian Distributions in Florida David Thulman received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the Florida State University in 2006. He presently teaches anthropology and archaeology courses at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His interests include the Paleoindian and Early Archaic periods in eastern North America, learning theory, shape analysis, and prehistoric social networks. Dave and Erv Garrison are editors of the proceedings of this conference.


Ervan G. Garrison is professor, Anthropology & Geology, University of Georgia, 1999- present . Associate Professor. Anthropology & Geology. University of Georgia, 1992-1999. Lecturer and Visiting Member, Environmental & Water Resources Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1981-89. Assistant Professor. An-thropology Program, Texas A&M University, 1979-81. Erv and Dave Thulman are editors of the proceedings of this conference.


Jessie Halligan is the Lab Supervisor for the  Center  for the  Study of the  First Americans (CSFA), Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University. And also the Principal Investigator for dissertation research in the Aucilla River of Northwestern Florida. Completed fieldwork has consisted  of site  selection, and  two phases of underwater  coring. Future  work  consists of terrestrial shovel testing, underwater unit excavation, and terrestrial unit excavation.


Dr. Michael B. Collins is a Research Associate Professor at Texas State University in San Marcos. He has specialized in the study of lithic technology and worked with prehistoric collections from North, Central, and South America, as well as the Near East and southwestern Europe. He collaborated on the lithics research for the preClovis site of Monte Verde, Chile. Dr. Collins is currently active in research on the earliest part of the American archaeological record and published Clovis Blade Technology (UT Press) and Clovis Stone Tool Technology (in press).


Dr. James M. Adovasio (born 1944) is an American archaeologist and one of the foremost experts in perishable artifacts (such as basketry and textiles). Currently the Provost, Dean of the Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Director of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, Adovasio is best known for his work at Meadowcroft Rockshelter in Pennsylvania and for his subsequent role in the “Clovis First” debate. A prolific scholar, he has published nearly 400 books, monographs, articles, and papers in his field.


Jessica W. Cook Hale is currently a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the study of underwater prehistoric sites on the continental shelves of the Southeastern United States, specifically those demonstrating coastal adaptations by their inhabitants. She has conducted research in the Georgia Bight and has on-going studies in Apalachee Bay of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Her research is situated within both geoarchaeological and behavioral ecology theoretical contexts, with a primary aim of this approach being the better characterization human responses to ecological changes and challenges in coastal settings. Her research has been supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Aucilla Research Institute (ARI), and the Graduate School of the University of Georgia.”


Dr. Margaret “Pegi” Jodry is a Research Associate in the Paleoindian/Paleoecology Program, Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History and part of a Smithsonian team investigating the earliest occupations of the Chesapeake Region and the light these shed on multiple entry routes into the Americas.  Ongoing study with indigenous peoples since the 1990s includes a focus on the significant role of spiritual ecology in hunter-gatherer lifeways and decision-making.  She recently published a study of material culture associated with healing and shamanic practice from an 11,100 year-old double burial from Horn Shelter No. 2, Texas.  She is currently working with Smithsonian interns in the site structural analysis of a Folsom bison kill and butchery campsite in southern Colorado.


David G. Anderson (Ph.D. University of Michigan 1990), Professor of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, specializes in southeastern archaeology, although he has also conducted fieldwork in the southwestern and midwestern United States, and in the Caribbean. Active research emphases include climate change and its impact on human societies, colonization and migration into the Americas, the development of complex societies, large scale open access database development (google: PIDBA, DINAA), cultural resource management/historic preservation, teaching, and writing technical and popular syntheses of archaeological research. This work is documented in some 400 publications and meeting papers, including 7 books and some 40 technical monographs. He enjoys small town southern life, historic houses, dogs and cats, reading poetry, history, and fiction, and brewing mead. And, of course, archaeology!

Dr. Dennis Stanford, Ph.D, Curator of North and South American Paleolithic, Asian Paleolithic and Western United States archaeological collectionsDirector of the Smithsonian’s Paleoindian/Paleoecology Program
Head of the Division of Archaeology, Chairman of the Department of Anthropology (1992-2000). Research interests include origins and development of New World Paleo-Indian cultures in relation to changing climate and ecosystems during the terminal Pleistocene, interdisciplinary Quaternary studies, stone tool technology, experimental and public archaeology.  Has conducted field work in Siberia, China, Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, Plains and Southeastern States; also worked in Central and South America as well as Southwestern Europe.


Vance Holliday B.A. with Honors in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin (1972) M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University (1977) Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Colorado-Boulder (1982) is both an archaeologist and geologist who has spent much of his career reconstructing and interpreting the landscapes and environments in which past societies lived, and how these conditions evolved. Since 2002, Holliday a professor in both the School of Anthropology and Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona, and Adjunct Professor in Geography & Regional Development. Honors include the “Rip” Rapp Archaeological Geology Award of the Geological Society of America, and the Kirk Bryan Award of the G.S.A.


Shane Miller is a prehistoric archaeologist whose primary research interests are the Ice Age colonization of the Americas, the origins of agriculture in eastern North America, and how we can use lithic technology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and geoarchaeology to make inferences about past human behavior. His geographic area of interest is the southeastern United States, and in particular the lower Mid-South. He is the co-director of the Bells Bend Archaeological Project in Nashville, TN with David Anderson from the University of Tennessee.

mark, brooksMark J. Brooks, received a BA in anthropology from the University of Florida (1974), a MA in anthropology from Arizona State University (1980), and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of South Carolina (1996).  His research area is the southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain, focusing on integrated studies of archaeological site formation, landscape, climate, and early hunter-gatherers.  He retired in 2014 from the University of South Carolina, but continues to pursue his research interests.


Michael Faught, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the archaeology of submerged prehistoric sites, and the interpretation of  geophysical data to identify drowned and buried landscape features. He is an expert in Paleoindian and Early Archaic archaeologies, and he co-founded the Paleoindian Database of the Americas (PIDBA) and website, a compilation of all recorded artifacts of this early period . His research specialties also include maritime archaeology, geoarchaeology, remote sensing, chipped stone analysis, and public archaeology. Dr. Faught has more than 37 years of professional experience.


George Cole, Ph.D, PE, PLS, is a professional engineer, surveyor and physical geographer. He is an adjunct professor at Florida State University. He has served as Chairman of the Jefferson County (Florida) Planning Commission and on the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District. Cole holds a bachelor of science degree from Tulane as well as master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from FSU. He is the author of numerous technical papers as well as several books including Water Boundaries (John Wiley & Sons, 1997) and Surveyor Reference Manual (Professional Publication, 2010). He has also written chapters in Brown’s Boundary Control and Legal Principles (John Wiley & Sons, 2014) and Brown’s Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location (John Wiley & Sons, 2002).


Dr. Chris Moore Ph.D.,  Outreach coordinator for the Savannah River Archeological Research Program. B.S. in Anthropology from Appalachian State University in 1995, M.A. in Anthropology from East Carolina University in 2000 and Ph.D. in Geoscience from East Carolina University (Coastal Resources Management Program) in 2009. Major research areas: Geoarchaeology, Luminescence (OSL) dating, hunter-gatherer archaeology, Late Quaternary climate and human adaptation, GIS and Remote sensing.


Morgan Smith, B.A. in Anthropology, Ph.D. in progress – Texas A&M University, Emphasis- Geoarchaeology.  Pre-Clovis and Paleoindian Archaeology, Organic Tool Technology, Peopling of the Americas migration theory, Remote Sensing, Florida Archaeology, particularly lithic typologies and settlement patterning during the Paleoindian period, Submerged Landscapes, Underwater Archaeological Methods, Public Archaeology, Cave Archaeology, Experimental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology.

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