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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.  

Michael Decker, PhD

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

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. His specialization field is remote sensing for ancient landscape study,and 3D visualization of cultural heritage

Kaitlyn Kingsland

Lab Manager, Ph.D 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

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.

John Northrop

Doctoral candidate - History

John holds a Master of Engineering Management (Northwestern) as well as a J.D. (Chicago-Kent) and an LL.M. (Georgetown). His work at IDEx centers on the use of GIS, aerial photography, and remote sensing to analyze physical landscapes, transportation networks, and artifacts in order to interpret the flow of military campaigns and economic trade

Rebekah McLaughlin

MA Student - History

Rebekah holds History and Anthropology, Her major research interest is early modern and Renaissance European history, and she is fascinated by the intersection of history and technology. Working at IDEx, Rebekah discovered a passion for digital heritage virtual museums

Reece Combs

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

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.

Lindsay Ryan

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. 

Amanda Ward

MA student - Anthropology

Amanda is an MA student in the Applied Anthropology program and holds a BA in History from UNG. Her research interests include heritage studies, digital humanities, public archaeology and museum education







Affiliate Faculty

Michael Celestin, PhD

Courtesy Visiting Adjunct Professor, USF History, Senior Lab Manager, 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 prototyping, wood working, and much more

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 Micciche'

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

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 multimedia projects in his portfolio.

Paolo Trapani

Professional archaeologist and founder of 3D Archaeosolutions

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.

Intern students (2019/2020)

Savannah Fredrickson

BA student - Anthropology/History 

Colin Lambert

BA Student - History

Kristin Jones

BA student - History

Gabriel Johnson

BA Student - Classics

Garrett Argenti

BA Student - History







Former intern students

Rebekah Nault

BA student - Anthropology (2018/2019)

Ivy Johnson

BA student - Anthropology/International Studies (2018/2019)

William McKinley

BA student - History (2018/2019)

Frank Amico

MA student - History (2017/2018)

Christopher Hunt

Doctoral candidate - Anthropology  (2017/2018)