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Chris Bell, MA
Research Associate

Education:
MA, Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida
BA, Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida

Areas of Interest, Research, and Experience:
Chris Bell received her BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of South Florida, with a concentration in historic archaeology. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, mainly in historical archaeology, but also in prehistoric archaeology, historic preservation, cultural resource management, genealogy, and public interpretation programs. Her work has taken her from the Florida Keys and the wilds of the Everglades to the slave cabins and plantations of lowcountry South Carolina.

Email: cabell@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-0613

 

Jeffrey DuVernay, Ph.D.
Faculty Assistant in Research

Education:
Ph.D. Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida
M.S. Anthropology, Florida State University
B.A. Anthropology, University of South Dakota

Areas of Interest and Research:
Close and mid-range 3D laser scanning applications in archaeology and heritage preservation, GIS, archaeology of the Southeastern United States (primarily Florida) and Mesoamerica. Cultural Resource Management, Public Archaeology, and Heritage Preservation

Email: jduverna@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-0613

 

Stephen Fernandez

Steven Fernandez, MA, CCM
Research Associate

Education:
M.A. Geography with Technical Concentration, University of South Florida
B.S. Geography with Concentration in Cartography and Remote Sensing, The State University of New York, Oneonta
Certified Cadastral Mapper (CM). Certification is administered by the Florida Association of Cadastral Mappers, FACM

Areas of Interest and Research:
LiDAR Mapping, Digital Terrain Modeling, 3D Modeling, Census Mapping, Cadastral Mapping, Historical Maps, GPS Data Acquisition, Digital Cartographic Techniques

Experience:
At AIST, I utilize multiple sources of geospatial data for our projects. Aerial and terrestrial LiDAR scan data are used for 3D analyses and modeling of terrain, landscapes, structures and all other types of features at all scales. Along with the LiDAR scan data, environmental, cultural, historical, infrastructural, aerial imagery, GPS and other remotely sensed spatial data are used for modeling cultural sensitivity, mapping sensitive features, historical documentation, evaluating climate change threats on resources and many other spatial analyses. Since joining AIST, I've been fortunate to conduct fieldwork in Takalik Abja, Guatemala and in areas of Washington DC.

My Career in Mapping began as a GIS Technician at the Town of Southampton in New York. I was tasked with spatial database creation and cartographic production. I produced the town map archive of 60+ maps and the Town Intermodal Transportation Map. During my time at Southampton, I became proficient in mapping Census data. I was responsible for reporting, mapping and providing Census statistics to all departments of county government. I left the Town of Southampton to complete my Masters degree and then became an independent contractor for GIS projects in the Real Estate and Planning fields. These projects included land use analysis and mapping in over 160 municipalities in 25 States. Fieldwork was often required, which gave me a chance to observe unique land uses and landscapes all throughout the United States.

Email: slfernandez@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-0613