SEAC Biographies

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.
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.
Jill Halchin
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.
Robert Hellmann received a BSc. in Anthropology from Florida State in 1994 and completed an MA in Anthropolog at FSU in 2001. In June 2000 he began working at SEAC in the Regional Archeological Survey Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Archeological Investigation and Compliance 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.
Morgan Smith
Charlie Sproul
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.
Cat Tomlinson
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, M.A. Florida Atlantic University) works in SEAC’s division of Archeological Collections and Information Management. His research focuses on Native American history, culture contact and exchange networks. Since 2001, he has organized and participated in field projects throughout the southeastern United States and Ecuador. He is currently working on a Ph.D in ethnohistory at Florida State University.
Brian Worthington

Last updated: June 20, 2018