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    Southeast Archeological Center


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SEAC Current Employees

Julia Alesczcyk is a Museum Technician who specializes in prehistoric and historic artifacts from the southeastern US.  She is in the process of completing her Master’s degree at Durham University (UK), and has a background in both archeology and human osteology.  Prior to working at SEAC, Julia worked with collections at the American Museum of Natural History and assisted the NYC Medical Examiner’s Office in the recovery and identification of remains from the World Trade Center site. 
Richard Allin is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and transplanted to Florida in 2004. Richard graduated from FSU in early 2012 with a B.A. in Anthropology. As part of RASP he is a field project crew member, lab researcher and is trained in digital archives creation and management. When not at work he is an avid hiker and enjoys restoring classic cars.
Eric Bezemek is an archeological technician with the Archeological Investigations and Compliance division. After a brief 11 year stint in the U.S. Navy, he earned his B.A. at the University of West Florida where he participated in the combined maritime and terrestrial field school. Aside from conducting fieldwork, his duties include processing and analyzing artifacts in the lab, database maintenance, and  writing reports. Eric’s interests include colonial period archeology and maritime archeology.
Satin Bowman (B.A. University of Tennessee) is an Archeological Technician with the NAGPRA and Applied Science division. Satin previously worked as an archeological technician for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She has worked on prehistoric and historic sites throughout the southeast and the Caribbean. Her responsibilities at SEAC include fieldwork, processing and analyzing artifacts in the lab, database maintenance, as well as emergency incident response.
Billie Coleman is a museum technician that specializes in Southeastern Native American pottery. She started her NPS career working at Ocmulgee National Monument as an interpretation ranger and a museum technician. Within the Archeological Collections and Information Management division she works on backlog cataloging, as well as assisting with SEAC interpretation outreach programs. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in American History and is working towards a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Hillary Conley is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Classics at Florida State University.  Her research focuses on the production and consumption of black-gloss ceramics from the Samnite/Roman habitation site of Monte Pallano, Italy and how modes of economic exchange reflect discrepant identities and cultural resistance. In addition to her position as a museum technician, Hillary is the ceramics specialist with the Sangro Valley Project and works with portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometry (pXRF).
John Cornelison completed his Master's degree in 1989 and began his NPS career the next summer - sitting in the fee collection booth at Fort Pulaski National Monument. In 1991, he was hired by SEAC for 8 weeks work and has never left. Currently John is the head of the Archeological Investigations and Compliance section.
Sarah Ellis is a Museum Technician at SEAC and is responsible for analyzing and cataloging artifacts collected in parks throughout the southeast. Previously, she supervised the field crew and lab at the James Madison University (JMU) Environmental Archaeology Laboratory where she worked closely with Shenandoah National Park. Sarah received a BS in archaeology at JMU and minored in both geology and geography. She specializes in rock/mineral identification and lithic analysis.
Jessica Fry is pursuing an MA in Classical Archaeology at Florida State University. She has previously worked at the Etruscan and Roman site Cetamura in the Chianti region of Italy in 2013. In the summer of 2011, she completed a research project to catalogue the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities housed in the archives at McDaniel College, where she received her undergraduate degree in Classical Civilizations.
Meredith Hardy (B.A. Indiana University, M.S. University of New Orleans, Ph.D. Florida State University) is an archeologist in SEAC's Investigation and Compliance Division, and has led field projects across the Southeast and the Virgin Islands. She provides support for Section 106 and Section 110 implementation, and for historic property protection and Section 106 compliance for oil spills and Natural Resource Damage Assessments. Her research interests include island/coastal archeology, Caribbean prehistory, maritime heritage, colonial/plantation archaeology, and foodways.
Mercedes Harrold received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Classical Civilizations from Florida State University (2008). She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of West Florida, focusing on historical maritime archaeology. She is currently writing her thesis, “Cannon to Crossbows: An Archaeological Glimpse at Sixteenth-Century Spanish Naval Weapons.” She has only been with SEAC for a short time, but has enjoyed meeting new colleagues and enjoying new archaeological experiences.
Serena Harvin is a graduate of Florida State University holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Archeology and Museum Studies. Her primary focus and interest is in museum collection management and the preservation of all things old. She is employed as a Museum Technician with the Southeast Archeological Center and works with archival collections by processing documents and oversized maps. Serena hopes to continue her education by obtaining a Master’s degree in Library Science and Museum Studies.
Robert Hellmann received a BSc. in Anthropology from Florida State in 1994 and completed an MA in Anthropology at FSU in 2001. In June 2000 he began working at SEAC in the Regional Archeological Survey Program.
Jayce Hill graduated with a bachelor's degree in Digital Media Production (B.A.) and another in Anthropology (B.S) at The Florida State University in 2012. He has worked as an Archeological Technician at SEAC since 2011. In addition to his field and lab work duties as an Archeological Technician, he acts as a graphic designer for SEAC. He has designed two brochures, a children's book, and continues to provide assistance with the design and updates on the SEAC web page. He enjoys traveling, reading, and making and watching films outside of work.
Hank Kratt (B.A. –Anthropology, Florida State University, M.A. –Anthropology/Archaeology, Florida State University) is a Supervisory Museum Specialist who oversees the backlog cataloging program and annual submission of museum catalog records at SEAC. He also assists park staff and contractors using the Department of Interior’s Interior Collections Management System (ICMS) software. Since starting with SEAC in 2000, Hank has worked with collections from throughout the Southeast region, ranging in age from Paleoindian to present-day.
Jamie Mahan is a Museum Technician who specializes in the arrangement and preservation of archival collections and archeological project records.  She holds a degree in Museum Studies and is working toward a master’s degree in Public History.  Jamie previously worked in exhibition design, museum education, and archives.  Her career in the National Park Service began at Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Georgia. 
John Mahan (B.S., B.A., M.A.) is an Archeological Technician in the NAGPRA and Applied Science Division.  His interests are interdisciplinary, concerning human interactions with the environment: ecology and conservation; wildlife issues; wildlife use in the Neotropics; climate change adaptation; zooarchaeology; Mesoamerican archaeology; remote sensing, photographic and spatial technologies for heritage preservation; natural and cultural resource conservation issues in Latin America; and visual anthropology. 
Andrew McFeaters is a member of the National Historic Landmarks and External Contracts Division of the Southeast Archeological Center. He conducts field, laboratory, and literature research for external agency partners.
Kathryn Miyar (B.A. University of Miami, M.A. Florida Atlantic University, Ph.D. Florida State University)- is an Osteologist and Archeologist for the NAGPRA and Applied Science division of SEAC. Her role as a bioarchaeological investigator for SEAC involves assisting the National Parks with NAGPRA compliance, inadvertent discoveries, and ARPA cases. Kathryn is an active researcher in the physical anthropological community. Her research interests include paleopathology, epidemiology, mortuary analyses, dental anthropology, isotopic analyses, and anthropological genetics. Kathryn’s current research utilizes geometric morphometric analyses to investigate modern human variation, environmental effects on skeletal development, and kinship reconstruction.
David Morgan Ph.D., is the SEAC Director. His research focuses on the prehistoric and historic southeastern United States, where he has led field projects in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Most recently, his research has centered on underwater archeological methods; the archeology of the African Diaspora and creolization; and on changing concepts about how heritage is perceived and valued. Prior to SEAC, Morgan worked in federal, university, and private sector archeological enterprises.
Alexandra Parsons is employed as an Archeologist at SEAC, where she oversees the Archeological Investigations and Compliance Laboratory.  Alex earned a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Florida State University. Alex’s research interests include coastal archeology, zooarchaeology, seasonality studies, and archeological interpretation for public audiences.  She has contributed chapters to various archeological reports and has presented and published the findings of recent SEAC research.
Ian Pawn (B.A.-U. of Cincinnati, M.S., Ph.D. -Florida State University) is an Archeological Technician and Osteologist at SEAC’s NAGPRA and Applied Sciences Division. His responsibilities are analyses and inventories of NAGPRA related items curated in the National Park Service. His research interests and specializations include Central and Southeastern Europe, the American Southeast, mortuary analysis, archeological gender studies, and dental anthropology.
Guy Prentice (B.A.-U. of Illinois; M.A., Ph.D.-U. of Florida) has been a student of archeology since 1972 involving archeological research all across the southeastern U.S. from the earliest Native American cultures to the early 20th century.  Since 1996, Guy has been program manager for SEAC’s Regionwide Archeological Survey Program (RASP). His special areas of interest/expertise include federal cultural resource protection law, cartography, settlement pattern analysis, economic theory, and reconstructing past cosmologies.
Tim Roberts (B.A. Florida State University, M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an archeological technician with SEAC’s Archeological Investigations and Compliance Division. His current research interests are the history and archeology of the African American experience particularly, maroons, free blacks, and the plantation society of the Sea Islands and coastal districts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Northeast Florida.
Clete Rooney is an archeologist at SEAC. He earned a Master’s degree from the University of Alabama and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida, with a dissertation focusing on social reconstruction in historic plantations, particularly Kingsley Plantation in the NPS Timucuan Preserve. He has conducted archeological projects in over a dozen states, and his research interests include historic archeology, cemeteries, and archeology of diaspora and displacement.
Mike Russo is the program lead of the National Historic Landmarks and External Contracts Division of the Southeast Archeological Center. He reviews, provides guidance and authors NHH nominations and manages contracts for archeology for non-NPS partners.
Margo Schwadron (B.A. SUNY Purchase, M.A. Florida State University, Ph.D. University of Leicester) - Regional NAGPRA Coordinator/Division Chief NAGPRA and Applied Science.  Her research takes a landscape approach to archeology, integrating paleo-environmental  and paleo-climate research, and applying science to document and protect vulnerable sites from climate change impacts. Recent work includes National Geographic funded investigations of prehistoric shell works islands and numerous publications on shell middens, mounds and tree islands in Florida.
Michael Seibert graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in History, he attended Florida State University for where he completed a Master’s in Arts in Classical Archaeology. While attending Florida State, Michael began working as a student appointee at SEAC. His interests lay primarily Battlefield Archeology though he has participated in numerous projects spanning the breadth of human occupation in the Southeast. Michael is part of the geophysical survey team (whose capabilities include GPR, Resistivity, Magnetometer, and Conductivity) and is one of the primary operators of the pXRF.
Jeffrey Shanks is an archaeologist with the National Park Service and has worked at Southeast Archeological Center in Tallahassee, Florida for the past six years. He received his MA in Classical Archaeology from Florida State University and has worked on archaeological projects in Europe, Asia, and North America. Over the last decade he has conducted fieldwork at a number of historic and prehistoric sites in the Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean. In recent years his primary research has focused on Woodland period sites in northwest Florida.
Rusty Simmons (B.S. Middle Tennessee State University) is an Archeological Technician with the NAGPRA and Applied Science division. His duties and interests include fieldwork, zooarchaeological analyses, emergency management, and all things technological. Rusty is also part of the geophysical survey team (whose capabilities include GPR, Resistivity, Magnetometer, and Conductivity), specializing in the EM-38 Conductivity Meter.
Thadra Stanton graduated from Florida State University’s Department of Anthropology with BA in Anthropology in 1997 and an MA in Anthropology in 2011. She has conducted archaeological excavations underwater as well as on land. Her primary research interest is prehistoric lithics and underwater archaeology. Thadra has worked for the Florida Division of Historical Resources and the Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation.
Richard Vernon is the Curator for the Southeast Archeological Center and leads the Archeological Collections and Information Management (ACIM) section.  He has worked in the museum program at the Center for more than 21 years. Prior to that, he worked as an archeologist for several years, specializing in Spanish Colonial research.  Richard holds a B.S. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University and an M.A. in Anthropology from Florida State University.
S. Andrew Wise (A.A. Gordon College; B.A. University of West Georgia) works in SEAC’s division of Archeological Collections and Information Management. His responsibilities include the analyzing and cataloging of park collections, primarily objects excavated by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s. His research interests and specializations include cultural resource management, archeological methods, and coastal archeology. He has participated in prehistoric and historic field projects throughout the southeastern United States and in Ecuador.