Staff Profiles

Dr. Lori Collins

Co-Director of the Center for Digital Heritage and Geospatial Information

Lori is a Research Associate Professor with leadership roles in the Digital Heritage & Humanities Center (DHHC) in the University of South Florida Libraries and the Digital Media Commons. Dr. Collins also has a courtesy appointment in the School of Geosciences and is a Registered Professional Archaeologist. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of South Florida, an M.A. in anthropology from University of South Florida, and a B.S. in agriculture from the University of Florida.

Collins teaches courses and workshops through the School of Geosciences and in the Honors College, including Perspectives in Environmental Thought, Field Methods, 3D Printing, and Digital Museums. Her research specialties include heritage and landscape preservation and documentation strategies for archaeology. Her research focus has included heritage projects in Florida and the Southeast U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, Armenia, and Spain. Her interests center on land management, preservation, and conservation practices, as well as interpretive development relating to heritage tourism. Much of her research has focused on Mesoamerican iconographic and rock art documentation and preservation, and LiDAR, GIS, and terrestrial laser scanning applications for archaeological visualization.

Contact: lcollins@usf.edu

Research Page: works.bepress.com/lori-collins/


Dr. Travis Doering

Co-Director of the Center for Digital Heritage and Geospatial Information

Travis is a Research Associate Professor and co-Director of the Digital Heritage & Humanities Center (DHHC) in the University of South Florida Libraries, and has a courtesy appointment in the USF School of Geosciences.

Doering’s research specialties include rock art and material culture studies, geoarchaeology, Mesoamerican archaeology, Armenian Heritage, and applications for terrestrial laser scanning and imaging for heritage preservation globally. He has taught classes in the Department of Anthropology, including Mesoamerican archaeology and museum studies. Along with Dr. Collins, he has been conducting laser scanning heritage projects for nearly two decades and is considered one of the earliest adopters of the methods for archaeological applications in the U.S. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of South Florida, an M.S. in anthropology from Florida State University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant University.

Contact: tdoering@usf.edu

Research Page: works.bepress.com/travis-doering/


Joseph Conrad, MA

Manager Digital Media Commons and 3D Specialist

Joe earned his Master of Arts in History with a concentration in 3D Preservation and Visualization Technology from USF in 2013. After completing his degree, he worked for a leading 3D scanning and engineering firm, Direct Dimensions Inc. in Owings Mills, Maryland. At Direct Dimensions, he learned 3D photogrammetry, 3D scanning with long-range and short-range tools, reverse engineering, product sales, and became a technology instructor. Joe has a variety of experience in many industries including aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, art, defense/intelligence, museums, and Hollywood. As a 3D “Cyber Scanner”, Joe 3D scanned actors and movie sets for Captain America: Civil War (2016), The Greatest Showman (2017), Deadpool (2016), Deadpool 2 (2018), Ghostbusters (2016), among others. He taught 3D hardware and 3D software trainings for members of the US Army and the US Intelligence Community. Joe also has museum and collections expertise, having worked for the Smithsonian Institution’s Digitization Program Office as a 3D Digitization Specialist, where he documented and modeled items in the Smithsonian collections including ivory tusks, East Asian coins, the Space Shuttle Discovery, and Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 Spacesuit. Joe is also a licensed drone pilot, with extensive imaging and videography skills to compliment his 3D work.

Contact: josephconrad@usf.edu


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