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Dr. Thomas Sever

Tom Sever is an archeologist and remote sensing specialist who has helped to pioneer the use of remote sensing/GIS technology in archeological research. His satellite images of the Petén influenced the President and Congress of Guatemala in establishing the Maya Biosphere Reserve in 1990. He has worked with airborne and satellite systems conducting international research in Israel, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and the American Southwest. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado.

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Other UAH-NASA Investigators:

Dr. William Saturno

Bill Saturno is a Professor of Archaeology and a specialist in remote sensing at Boston University. He directs the Regional San Bartolo Archaeological Project in northern Guatemala where, in 2001, he discovered the oldest Maya murals known to date. His research also involves ground-verifying remotely-sensed data in this region of Mesoamerica. The application of remote sensing to archaeological problems has also taken him to Peru, Bolivia, and Cambodia.

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Daniel Irwin

Dan Irwin directs the SERVIR program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. This program works to disseminate geospatial data and leverage NASA satellite resources to create environmental management products throughout Central America and the Caribbean. He has also done extensive ground work with Sever in verifying remote sensing data in the lowlands of Guatemala.

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Burgess Howell

Burgess Howell is a research scientist and remote sensing specialist at the National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, AL. He has over 20 years of experience in processing and analysis of remotely-sensed data. He has supported environmental and archaeological research throughout Central America.

Robert Griffin

Rob Griffin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University, and a specialist in remote sensing and GIS. His dissertation work combines remote sensing data and fieldwork to study ancient Maya agricultural practices in Guatemala. He will be teaching classes in GIS at UA Huntsville beginning in the Fall of 2009.

Jason Arnold

Jason Arnold is a GIS and remote sensing technician with the SERVIR project. He has done research in ecology, archaeology, and meteorology using geospatial data across Central America.