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3D Models for Heritage Interpretation 

Advanced 3D Visualizations 

3D Techniques for Heritage Preservation 

World Heritage Documentation Research 

Imperiled Heritage Preservation






Lori Collins, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor and Director

Dr. Lori Collins is the Co-Director of the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST), a Center in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida that is working to preserve and protect the world’s cultural and natural heritage through education and global engagement. Dr. Collins teaches courses on technologies for heritage preservation and museum visualization, and her research specialties include heritage and landscape preservation and documentation strategies for archaeology, Florida and Southeast U.S. archaeology, Mesoamerican iconographic and rock art documentation and preservation, and LiDAR and terrestrial laser scanning applications for heritage management.

Email: lcollins@usf.edu




Travis Doering, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor and Director

Dr. Doering is the Co-Director of the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST), a Center in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida that is working to preserve and protect the world’s cultural and natural heritage through education and global engagement. His research specialties include rock art and material culture studies, geoarchaeology, Mesoamerican archaeology, and applications for terrestrial laser scanning and imaging for heritage preservation. Dr. Doering has taught classes in archaeology, museum studies and GIS. He has conducted projects utilizing terrestrial laser scanning around the world.

Email: tdoering@usf.edu




Jeffrey Du Vernay, Ph.D., Faculty Assistant in Research

Dr. Jeff Du Vernay is a Faculty Research Assistant and archaeologist at AIST who specializes in close and middle range 3D scanning, 3D modeling software applications and printing, and GIS. His primary research interest is the archaeology of the Southeastern United States (particularly Florida), but has contributed to research projects at AIST and elsewhere at diverse locations including the U.S Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Mexico, and Guatemala. Jeff has developed and taught a number of classes in archaeology and anthropology, and since coming to AIST in 2010, has assisted in the development and teaching of multiple terrestrial laser scanning workshops. Jeff is the USF representative for the Gulf Coast CESU and presently serves as the co-Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, The Florida Anthropologist.

Email: jduverna@usf.edu




Steven Fernandez, MA, CCM, GIS Project Manager

Steven Fernandez has his Masters of Arts in Geography with a specialization in Geographic Information Sciences. He is a Certified Cadastral Mapper, and brings a high level of expertise in GIS and spatial databases to AIST. His areas of research and project management include applications with airborne and terrestrial LiDAR, digital terrain modeling, 3D modeling, Census mapping, Cadastral mapping, Historical maps, GPS data acquisition and processing, and digital cartographic techniques.

Email: slfernandez@usf.edu




James “Bart” McLeod, MA, Research Assistant

Bart McLeod has worked on a number of National and International field projects involving terrestrial laser scanning with AIST, and has expertise in GIS and GPS data acquisition and processing. Mr. McLeod is the Lead Trainer for TLS applications at AIST, and works on a diverse range of field projects. His degree is in Anthropology, specializing in Cultural Resource Management.

Email: jbmcleod@mail.usf.edu












Garrett Speed, BA, (MA Student, Geography with GIS Concentration), Research Assistant

Garrett Speed is a Graduate Research Assistant at AIST and focuses on Web GIS, Remote Sensing, LiDAR, and Photography. He earned his B.A. in Geography from USF, and is currently working on his thesis, looking at feature detection in satellite imagery and LiDAR using neural networks. For his final project the class Perspectives in Environmental Thought, he developed a web page that looks at National Park systems in the Anglosphere. This webpage explores how the National Park systems in Canada, United Kingdom, and United States founded and operate their national park systems, and what philosophies they apply.




Kevin Martyn, B.A. (M.A. Student in Environmental Science and Policy), Research Assistant

Kevin is a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant at AIST, where he is currently working with faculty to develop a course in 3D printing & scanning applications for the natural & cultural sciences. Kevin is a masters student in Environmental Science & Policy in the School of Geosciences where his research interests encompass a broad array of topics in sustainability, climate change, environmental justice, economics, and urban planning.




Arian Farid, B.S. Environmental Science, Web Developer

Arian Farid earned his B.S. Degree in Environmental Science with a focus in science track in 2013 from USF. He has continued to work for USF since graduating, and currently works for AIST as a web developer. He plans to on going back to school to conduct research in Ecology, with interests including plant-animal interactions, fungi, and GIS.








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