Brandt 103
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 2960
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
My research focuses on submerged landscape investigations of the Greater Visayan Basin, Philippines. I use predictive modeling to determine potential inter-island areas ancient peoples found attractive for settlement. Some of these predictive models include:

• bathymetric contours
• hydrology
• oceanography
• side-scan sonar
• geomorphology
• geology
• relative time-period archaeology and evidence of early human occupation
• satellite imagery
• underwater/island reconnaissance
• coral proxies as indicators for sea-level fluctuation over the last 75,000 years

In addition to the Philippines, I have done underwater and coastal archaeological work in Spain, Bermuda, and Australia. Terrestrial archaeological experience includes Southeast Missouri.

Courses I teach: Observing Cultures, Foundations of Human Behavior, and Introduction to Archaeology.

Addition to teaching: Lab Director under contract with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Along with Dr. Jennifer Bengtson, we oversee our student internship program through MoDOT focused on processing archaeological assemblages to determine responsible procedures for further analysis, curation, or disposal.

Academic Interests

  • Underwater archaeology
  • Pleistocene & Holocene Archaeology in Island Southeast Asia
  • Digital Anthropology
  • Videography
  • Austronesian Languages
  • Cultural Anthropology

Personal Interests

  • Soap-Making
  • Billiards
  • Scuba Diving
  • Helicopter Flying
  • Woodland Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation
  • Falconry
  • Herbalism
  • Amateur Mycology