Chuck Meide, Director of Maritime Research:

Chuck Meide came to LAMP in March 2006. He was born and raised in the coastal town of Atlantic Beach, Florida, in Duval County north of St. Augustine. He attended Florida State University, receiving both Bachelor's (1993) and Master's (2001) degrees in Anthropology, with a focus on Underwater Archaeology. At FSU, Chuck had the opportunity to participate in and supervise a wide variety of maritime archaeological projects, including investigations of submerged prehistoric hunting and occupation sites and the wrecks of 16th- and 17th-century Spanish galleons, a 1622 Spanish patache or dispatch vessel, a Confederate ironclad and Union supply ships, the earliest Western river steamboat excavated by archaeologists, and La Salle's ship la Belle lost in 1686. He has worked on maritime archaeological sites throughout Florida and also in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, Vermont, Bermuda, a number of Caribbean islands, and Ireland. He is currently completing his PhD research through the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Chuck is also an active NAUI scuba instructor, and taught basic and scientific diving courses at the FSU Academic Diving Program from 1992 to 2000.

Brendan Burke, Maritime Historian:

Brendan has been at LAMP since July 2007. Originally from Amelia County in Virginia, Brendan earned a BA in Anthropology/History from Longwood University in 2003 and his MA in Historic Archaeology from the College of William and Mary. His thesis work focused on 17th century Anglo-Powhatan trade within the early colonial frontier. During his graduate work Brendan participated in the Great Dismal Swamp Landscape Study, a project that searched for and discovered lost escaped slave settlements from the 1680-1865 period. In the summer of 2006, after completing his MA, Mr. Burke moved to Wyoming and Utah to work in compliance archaeology. His maritime and diving experience includes participation in the 2004 Achill Island Martime Archaeological Project in County Mayo, Ireland, and a 2005 survey of 17th century ballast piles in the eastern Chesapeake Bay. From 2007-2009, Brendan served as the Logistical Coordinator for LAMP's First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project, a $281,000 research project funded by the state of Florida. He has many research interests, including steam technology, side scan sonar data analysis and interpretation, and the local and regional history of shrimp boat building. Brendan is responsible for maintaining our research vessel fleet in addition to his role as a research archaeologist and holds a US Coast Guard Captain's License (50t near coastal).

Starr Cox, Director of Archaeological Conservation:

Starr Cox joined LAMP in March 2010. Although she was born in Virginia, she was raised in the greater Kansas City area. Starr earned her BA in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Kansas in 1997. In 2008 Starr received her MA in Nautical Archaeology, as well as a certificate in Historical Preservation and a certificate in Archaeological Conservation from Texas A&M University. Her thesis focused on the experimental composite conservation of several Civil War era Enfield rifles. She continued to focus her research in Archaeological Conservation by working at Texas A&M’s Conservation Research Laboratory for 5 years and also by participating in an Archaeological Conservation internship with the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Queensland, Australia. Starr’s maritime archaeological experience has taken her around the world to work in many countries including Portugal, the Dominican Republic, and Indonesia. Starr’s primary role at LAMP is Archaeological Conservator and she is the fourth Archaeologist on staff. 

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