Maritime Field School
Acting Chair and Associate Professor, Division of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of West Florida
Education:M.S. Northwest Missouri State University, Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Area: Maritime Archaeology
Professional Interests: Artifact conservation and preservation, maritime archaeology
Teaches: Artifact Conservation in Archaeology, Nautical Archaeology, Shipwreck Archaeology, Maritime Archaeological Field Methods
Research Associate, Archaeology Institute, University of West Florida.
Education: M.A., Texas A&M University, A.B.D. Syracuse University
Area: Nautical Archaeology, Historical Archaeology
Professional Interests: Shipwreck Archaeology, Atlantic Trade, Culture Contact
Teaches: Shipwreck Archaeology, Ship Construction
Field Director in Training
Irina Franklin received her B.S. in Anthropology from Florida State University in 2006. She has field experience in terrestrial, underwater, and public archaeology. Irina worked for the State of Florida's Bureau of Archaeological Research as the Underwater Program Coordinator. During the summers of 2006 & 2007 she worked as a field supervisor for Fernbank Museum of Natural History's Public Archaeology Program. Currently, Irina is working towards her Master’s degree and interning with the Florida Public Archaeology Network as a Public Archaeology Assistant.
Sarah Linden received her B.A. in History and a minor in Anthropology from Texas A&M University in 2008. In 2007, She participated in the UWF Maritime Field School, conducting investigations of the 1559 Emanuel Point II wreck as well as a 19th-century paddlewheel steamer in Seminole, Alabama. Her interests include reading, traveling, the outdoors, photography, and scuba diving.
Elizabeth Murphy is originally from the Washington, D.C. area. She graduated from the University of West Florida in 2007 with a B.A. in Anthropology, specializing in Archaeology. Elizabeth’s interests include the Spanish colonial period, urban archaeology, maritime cultural landscapes, Geographic Information Systems, underwater methodologies, and predictive modeling for maritime cultural resources. She has worked on both terrestrial and maritime archaeological projects throughout the Florida panhandle. During the summer of 2008, Elizabeth was the field director for the excavations of a portion of the east wall and moat surrounding Presidio San Miguel and helped supervise the field school at the Barkley House in downtown Pensacola. This summer, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on, and teach students about, the Emanuel Point II shipwreck and underwater archaeology.
Colleen Reese is a graduate Anthropology student at the University of West Florida. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. She is interested in cultural plant remains from underwater and water-logged sites.
Jake Shidner is a graduate Anthropology student at the University of West Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Anthropology. He worked on a field school at Hontoon Island, an island with a large St. Johns period shell mound system in Florida, as well as in the collections department of the Florida Museum of Natural History. After graduating, he worked for Southeastern Archaeological Research (SEARCH), where he conducted fieldwork throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Williamsburg, VA. His interests are ship construction, maritime history, naval warfare and the use of weapons at sea.
Scott Sorset is a graduate student in Historical Archaeology at UWF. He graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Anthropology and a minor in Classics. He has worked on archaeological sites across the Florida panhandle and as far afield as Italy. Upon completing his Bachelor’s degree, Scott worked for the State of Florida’s Division of Historical Resources. He reviewed archaeological and historical surveys conducted within the state for compliance with local, state, and federal statutes. During this time, Scott also completed his divemaster training. His interests include the Spanish colonial period, maritime history, diving, travel, and tennis.
Tiffany Goldhamer graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Anthropology and a double minor in Archaeology and Textiles. She has worked at various sites from an early Mississippian site to slave cabins at The Hermitage and the Sam Davis Home. Her interests include historical and riverine archaeology of the Southeastern United States. She is also interested in artifact preservation and currently works at the conservation lab on campus. She is proud to be a part of the excavations of the second Emanuel Point shipwreck.
Field School Students
Shane is a senior at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse majoring in archaeology and minoring in anthropology. He chose UWF’s combined field school for the experience and because of his interest in maritime and historical archaeology.
Chris is originally from Crystal River, Florida. He is currently a senior at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL earning his major in anthropology and a minor in business. He also plays baseball at Eckerd. His interests include diving, fishing, and wakeboarding. He hopes to attend UWF for graduate school.
Originally from Jupiter, Florida, Sarah is a fourth year student at UWF. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Maritime Studies. Sarah is currently attending UWF’s 2009 combined summer field school program in terrestrial and maritime archaeology.
Marisa Foster is an undergraduate student at UWF majoring in Maritime Studies. Originally from Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, her interest in the underwater world started early. Marisa is soon to be a graduate student working toward a master’s in Anthropology. She is in the process of acquiring her captain’s license and becoming a certified dive master.
Matt Gifford is a new graduate student at UWF. He graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Archaeology. He has been interested in maritime archaeology for a few years and is excited about this summer’s field school.
Chad Gulseth is from Madison, Wisconsin and is currently an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. He is an archaeology major and anthropology minor at La Crosse. Chad is attending the UWF summer field school for his strong interest in maritime archaeology. Chad enjoys outdoor cooking and foosball.
Mercedes Harrold is a graduate student at UWF, focusing on historical archaeology. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University with a double major in Anthropology and Classical Civilizations. Her interests lean toward underwater archaeology from the Spanish Colonial period.
Tim Holmes attends UWF and is currently majoring in archaeology with a minor in history. He has recently moved to Florida from the state of New York to take park in the underwater field school. His interests including SCUBA diving, the colonial period, ship constructions, and naval warfare.
Colin is a senior at the UWF. He is studying underwater archaeology. Colin is very excited about this summer’s combined field schools.
Originally a native of Maine, Gary MacMullen is currently a senior at UWF majoring in history and minoring in anthropology. He plans to get a master’s in Historical Archaeology and pursue professional work in the field.
Andy grew up in Rome, Italy and studied Colonial American History at Colorado State University as an undergraduate. He has an interest in French colonial history and would like to focus on the French history of the Gulf while at UWF, specifically sea-faring trade routes between the Colonies. Andy is excited to start field school and would like to become proficient in remote sensing.
Wes Perrine is an anthropology graduate student at UWF. He received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida. Wes is interested in late 19th century schooner construction and hull design.
Roman is a undergraduate student at UWF studying archaeology. He moved to Florida five years ago from British Columbia, Canada. He has worked at the Historic Pensacola Village for half a year.
Erica Smith graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Sociology from the University of West Georgia. From March to August 2008, she served as an intern with two agencies in the western and southwestern United States. At Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, she analyzed Mesa Verde region ceramics. While interning with the Ashley National Forest Heritage Department, she performed high altitude surveys. Erica enjoys the outdoors, scuba diving, and snorkeling at the beach or springs.
John Smith is a retired Army National Guard as of July 2008. He earned a B.S. in Sociology while on active duty in 1998. Currently, John is a senior archaeology major at UWF.
Baird Ullrey received his B.S. in Anthropology from Northern Kentucky University. While earning his bachelor's degree and until beginning work on his Master's degree, he worked in Cultural Resource Management. He spent the last two years doing archaeological fieldwork for URS Corporation as a field supervisor. He is currently working in the UWF Anthropology Department's artifact conservation lab. His thesis work will involve locating and recording the current condition of naval aircraft wreckage found off of the Emerald Coast near NAS Pensacola.
Helen Welch is originally from Connecticut and is now a junior at UWF. She is majoring in anthropology/archaeology and is interested in conservation methods. She has been waiting for underwater hands-on experience since high school and is super excited about getting to participate in this summer’s field school.
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