Faculty & Staff
Lori Collins PhD
Co-Director and Research Associate Professor
Dr. Lori Collins is a Research Associate Professor and co-Director of the Digital Heritage & Humanities Collection (DHHC) in the University of South Florida Libraries, and has a courtesy appointment in the School of Geosciences. The DHHC initiative serves to document heritage sites, landscapes and objects, and to create digital learning tools and collections that promote sustainable heritage tourism and interpretation strategies through the use 3D and imaging technologies. Dr. Collins teaches courses in Geosciences and in the Department of Anthropology, including Perspectives in Environmental Thought, GPS and GIS methods, Technologies for Heritage Preservation, 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 and heritage preservation practices and interpretive development relating to heritage tourism; Mesoamerican iconographic and rock art documentation and preservation, and LiDAR and terrestrial laser scanning applications for landscape visualization.
Travis Doering PhD
Co-Director and Research Associate Professor
Dr. 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. Dr. Doering has a courtesy appointment in the School of Geosciences, and has taught classes in the Department of Anthropology. Classes include those in archaeology, museum studies and GIS areas. Along with Dr. Collins, he has been conducting laser scanning heritage projects for over 17 years, and is considered one of the earliest adopters of the methods for archaeological applications.
Jorge González García
3D Specialist and TLS Project Manager
Jorge began as an industrial designer working in automotive and wind energy companies, where he developed skills in computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). He was also a trainer for CAD/CAM engineering software in aeronautics, metal working, molding, and naval industries. He started heritage work in 2004 working for a new company that preserved and restored Spanish history and heritage using laser and 3D printing technologies. In 2008 he created his own company providing 3D scanning and documentation services for archaeological sites across Spain, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. He moved to the United States to join the DHHC and currently does 3D modelling, laser scanning, CAD, and 3D printing.
3D Digital Collections and Heritage Specialist
Noelia specializes in heritage documentation and visualization projects. She has more than 10 years of experience with 3D laser scanning and is a specialist with numerous 3D software and post-production tools including ZBrush, Maya, Adobe, and Autodesk platforms. Her work has included field and laboratory survey and digitization efforts at a number of World Heritage museums and sites, and has conducted architectural surveys at a number of important locations in her home country, Spain. She has worked in the DHHC supporting research and grant projects using 3D survey, laser scanning, and modeling.
Geospatial Specialist and UAV Pilot
Garrett Speed earned his Master of Arts in Geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems from USF in 2016. He focuses on Web GIS, remote sensing, GPS, Python programming, and advanced photographic techniques. Garrett joined Lori and Travis as a student and went on to become a research and teaching assistant for Dr. Collins’ classes.
Richard McKenzie earned his Master of Arts in Geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems from USF in 2016. Richard has worked in the library since 2011 serving as a GIS software administrator for USF and providing support for GIS education and numerous projects for students and faculty across the university. In addition, Richard is also a data manager for the Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem (C-IMAGE) consortium. He took several classes with Lori and Travis as a graduate student, and moved to the DHHC upon its creation.
Elizabeth’s research interests include community ecology, marine invertebrate zoology, 3D technology, and conservation and restoration ecology. As a graduate student in USF’s Department of Integrative Biology, she has the opportunity to incorporate 3D technology into marine ecology research by working with the Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections. Her dissertation research focuses on the interaction between the habitat architecture and community structure of oyster reefs. Utilizing 3D-technology, she has developed methodology to quantify refuge abundance and size within the oyster reef matrix. Elizabeth aims to determine specific habitat features that influence recruitment, survival, and organismal interactions.
Garrett is currently a pursuing a Master’s Degree in Geography with a concentration in GIS. Previously, Garrett earned a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Arabic. His research interests mainly consist of Human Geography in the Middle East, North Africa and the Horn of Africa. He expects to graduate in the fall of 2018, and his adviser is Dr. Joni Downs from USF School of Geosciences.
Aaron is a PhD student in the USF History Department. His doctoral work focuses on the post-Civil War memory of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and “Stonewall” Jackson regarding their changing representations throughout the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century as they pertain to Confederate Nationalism and the emergence of the New South. His research also briefly examines the roles of Confederate monuments and memorials have played in the perpetuation of Lost Cause rhetoric in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Aaron is currently working with Dr. K. Stephen Prince, whose work involved the culture, society, and politics of the U.S. South in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Aaron previously attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he received a Masters degree in American history in 2016 where he wrote a reexamination of Robert E. Lee’s military strategies in the battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.
Zachary Smith has earned his M.S. Environmental Science and Policy at USF and is pursuing his PhD in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy. He specializes in Geographic Information Science applications and ecological studies involving animal tracking data and worked as a scientist in environmental consulting performing Bald Eagle monitoring and Gopher Tortoise survey. Zachary has experience performing field work and research with zoos and aquariums by tracking and identifying dolphins in Sarasota and developing 3D-mapping methods of orangutans. He also comes from a background in Anthropology, having studied in the Laboratory for Bioarchaeological Sciences at UCF to earn his B.A. His interests are 3D modeling of bone matter, wildlife ecology, and spatial science.
Sarah J. Mobley, P.E.
Sarah Mobley is a PhD Student with the structural research group at the University of South Florida where she has focused her attentions for the past two years on drilled shaft durability. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of South Florida, respectively. Mobley is a registered professional engineer in the state of Alaska and has more than 10 years of experience in civil design and contract administration. She spends all of her free time exploring Florida with her wonderful husband, Matthew.
Kelly M. Costello, E.I.
Kelly Costello is currently a Structural Engineering Ph.D. Candidate at the University of South Florida (USF). She moved from Boca Raton on the east coast of Florida to Tampa on the west coast to attend USF in 2009. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2014 and Master’s degree in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering in 2016 at USF. Her master’s degree included a thesis titled The Full Scale Evaluation of Organic Soil Mixing. In her free time she enjoys kitesurfing and travelling.
Currently pursuing a PhD in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy, Kevin is working with the DHHC in areas of collections development and project metadata entry. Kevin earned his Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida in December 2016, and is now in the School of Geosciences PhD program, with interests spanning environmental, urban and regional planning applications, GIScience, and digital presentation and representation of data.
Ravikirin Krishnan PhD
Ravikirin is now the senior research scientist at Unifi Software (a series B startup with around $32 million in funding) and am responsible generating intellectual property(all company patents were filed by me) for the company. Ravi also heads the OneMind initiative, which is their AI-based solutions for enterprises. He leads oneMind’s AI group as well, where he manages a group of machine learning and software engineers. His experience with Dr. Collins at USF provided him with cross-disciplinary research training and allowed him to gain internship opportunities through 3DSystems (formerly Geomagic) as part of his work.
When I first arrived at the University of South Florida to earn my MA degree in History, my goal was to obtain a skill which would provide me better employment opportunities. I found my skill and much more working with Dr. Collins. I received a foundation in 3D software and hardware skills which gave me the confidence that I could learn any new 3D tool in the future. Dr. Collins utilized her excellent industry connections to provide me with an internship at a leading 3D software company and introduced me to a future boss. I also developed an appreciation of collaboration since we often worked with students from the Departments of History, Anthropology, and Geosciences. The knowledge and experience gained with Dr. Collins serves me well in my career and has taken me to places where I never thought I would be prior to graduate school. I worked on visual effects for Hollywood films, 3D scanned objects for major pieces of art, analyzed airplane components; and now I digitize collections in 3D for the Smithsonian Institution.
The experience Chris gained working under Dr. Collins, particularly his internship with the National Parks Service and assistance with Florida Parks Service projects, helped prepare him for a geospatial career serving both private and public sector clients. Currently focused on environmental resource management, he has conducted tasks such as supervised image classification, aerial photo interpretation, geographic object based image analysis, cartography, LiDAR classification and digital elevation modeling. These projects are completed for clients that include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Parks Service, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
In the Fall 2017 semester, researchers at the USF Library’s Digital Humanities and Heritage Collection Department (DHHC) collaborated with a graduate student from the College of Public Health on a research project that aimed at calculating the surface area of the human hand. Dr. Travis Doering, co-director of DHHC, welcomed graduate student Myles O’Mara to help complete his thesis for a Master of Science degree in Public Health using progressive 3D technologies. The spatial portion of the research was performed by two technical specialists, Jorge González and Noelia García, who are experts in the application of 3D scanning and modeling technologies. With the collected and processed data, Myles will be able to develop a new quantitative procedure to determine hand surface area from the tracing of a human individual’s hand tracing. His research will benefit health scientists in the fields of occupational health, physiology, and disease control.