Associate Professor, James Madison University, Dept. Integrated Sci. and Tech.
I have 35 years of experience in the archaeology of the Middle Atlantic region and am a specialist in the archaeology of the Appalachians. The subject of my PhD dissertation in the Department of Anthropology, Catholic University of America is the prehistoric archaeology of the Virginia Blue Ridge region, with a focus on the resilience of small-scale prehistoric societies for whom mountain mobility is a hallmark of settlement and resource use. I have taught at James Madison University for 26 years, and am Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology. I have authored over 150 technical reports, scholarly papers, and publications and am principal investigator for archaeological research in Shenandoah National Park (SNP) through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service. My main research interests are the long-term environmental and cultural history of the Piedmont, Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley. I am President of the Archeological Society of Virginia and has served as President of the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference and the Council of Virginia Archaeologists. I am a founding member of the Chesapeake Bay Archaeological Consortium and involved in several projects that merge archaeological evidence with historical cartography and remote sensing to understand the impacts of sea level rise on heritage resources and contemporary communities. I am committed to citizen science and co-direct the Archaeological Technician Certification program for the Archeological Society of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
Key research Interests: hunter-gatherer archaeology, climate chage and human response, persistence and change in cultural systems, citizen science