Academics and Staff

Davide Tanasi, PhD

Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, USF History Department, IDEx Founder and Director

Davide is an archaeologist specializing in Mediterranean civilizations. His main research tracks are archaeological science, digital archaeology and cultural interrelations in the Prehistoric Mediterranean region. His specialization field is 3D Digital Imaging applied to archaeology and heritage study.

Kaitlyn Kingsland

Lab Manager, PhD student (History)

Kaitlyn holds a B.A. in Anthropology. Her research interests include the digital humanities, history, 3D archaeology and archaeology in (and of) games. Her specialization field is digital photogrammetry, 3D scanning and LiDAR. She is also and is the editor and manager for

Stephan Hassam

Senior staff member, Doctoral candidate (History)

Stephan holds a MSc in Anthropology (Wisconsin – Milwaukee). His research interests include the archaeology of Roman Sicily and North Africa, funerary archaeology, and applications of 3D technologies to archaeology. His specialization field is close range 3d scanning and digital photogrammetry.

Lindsay Ryan

Assistant Lab Manager, MA Student (History)

Lindsay holds a BA in Art History, as well as minors in Anthropology and Gender Studies from West Virginia University. Her research interests include Classical Art and Archaeology, museum studies, public archaeology, and
digital archaeology. 

Reece Combs

Staff member, MA student (History)

Reece holds a BA in Anthropology (Gainesville - Florida) and is currently working towards his MA in History. Reece's research interests include Roman Archaeology, Digital Humanities, and augmented reality in digital public archaeology and museulogy. His specializations include terrestrial laser scanning, digital photogrammetry, and 3D data curation

Jonathan Rodriguez

Staff member, MA student (History)

Jonathan's research interests include transnational and borderlands history of Modern Latin America and the Caribbean, digital humanities, historic archaeology, and utilizing digital media for research, dissemination, and preservation of cultural heritage.

Paolo Trapani

3D Specialist - Sicily and Malta operations

Paolo holds a M.A, in Archaeology (University of Catania) with a focus on Mediterranean prehistory. His scientific areas of interest are ceramic studies, digital technologies for excavatation data recording and public outreach of cultural heritage. He is the founder of the Sicily-based company 3D Archaeosolutions.

Savannah Fredrickson

Staff member, BA student - Anthropology/History 

Savannah is an undergrad student who will graduate at the end of Spring 2020 with her BA in Anthropology and History from USF. Her research interests include the history and archaeology of the Middle East under Rome, digital archaeology, and public archaeology.

USF Affiliate Faculty

Michael Celestin, PhD

Senior Lab Manager, USF College of Engineering

Michael Celestin He is a chemical engineer and chemist by trade, but currently works with AutoCAD design in 2D/3D, solid modeling, photo-realistic rendering, C programming and embedded systems development, rapid proto-typing and much more

Michael Decker, PhD

Maroulis Professor of Byzantine History and Orthodox Religion, USF History Department

Michael is a historian specializing in the Late Antiquity and Early Medieval Mediterranean and Byzantium. His research interests included economic and social history, material culture and landscape archaeology and 3D visualization for cultural heritage

Denise Cali, PhD

Instructor of Classical Archaeology, USF History Department

Denise is an archaeologist specializing in Roman archaeology. Her research interests include Roman North Africa, architecture as medium of Roman propaganda, production and circulation of Late Roman pottery in central Mediterranean, Roman villas in Sicily and Malta, 3D visualization of Roman mosaics.




Research Associates

Francesco Gabellone

Reseacher and founder of the Information Technology Lab at Institute for Monumental and Archaeological Heritage (IBAM), Italian National Council of Researches (CNR) - IDEx Research Scholar

Francesco holds a M.A. in Architecture (Universty of Pescara) with a focus on conservation of historical and architectural heritage. He is a world-renowned scholar specializing in Digital Heritage studies and an influential author and 3D artist with hundreds of publications and projects in his portfolio.

Maria Chiffi

Courtesy Visiting Adjunct Professor, USF History

Maria holds a B.A. in Architectural, Archaeological and Environmental Heritage (University of Lecce). Her research interest include digital reconstruction of archaeological landcscapes, production of digital multimedia products in computer animation 3D and virtual museums

Elisa Bonacini, PhD

Courtesy Visiting Adjunct Professor, USF History

Elisa holds a PhD in Humanities and Cultural Heritage. She is author of severals and articles on museums and social media, digital communication of cultural heritage. Her research interest include virtual museums and participatory projects on digital humanities and digital literacy 

Roberto Miccichè 

Courtesy Visiting Adjunct Professor, USF History

Roberto has a B.A. in Archaeology and a M.A. in Forensic Science from the University of Palermo where is Research Fellow in Anthropology. His research interest includes the application of CT scan technologies for 3D imaging and geometric morphometrics analysis on archaeological cases study

Intern students - Spring 2020

Madeleine Kraft

BA History

Marissa Rozear

BA Mathematics

Victoria Giralt

BA Anthropology

Christina Trent

BA Anthropology/Criminology

Cindy Yang

BA Biomedical Sciences/Anthropology

Christopher Christiansen

BA History

Brontë Phillips

MA History

Mary Castagna

MA History