Faculty and Staff

Ed Hajic 2008

Edwin R. Hajic (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1990) is a consulting geo- archaeologist, as well as Research Associate with the Illinois State Museum, and has contributed his expertise in the area of geoarchaeology to a number of CAR projects.

Lucretia S. Kelly

Lucretia S. Kelly (Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2000) is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis and a consulting zooarchaeologist.  She has experience in excavation and teaching in various universities in the St. Louis area.  She has conducted zooarchaeological analyses from numerous sites located in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Michigan, and Arkansas.

Rolfe Mandel

Rolfe Mandel (Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1991) is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Associate Scientist of Geoarchaeology/Quaternary Geology at the University of Kansas. He is also a private consulting geomorphologist and has worked closely with CAR staff members evaluating landforms.


Marcie L. Venter (Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2008) has supervised and participated in small- and large- scale prehistoric and historic projects in the Ohio Valley, its tributary drainages, and Mexico since 1994. Dr. Venter’s research interests include late prehistoric and contact period colonial and imperial encounters, boundary interactions, and identity. Her area of specialization is ceramic analysis, which she employs to address how groups manipulate technological styles during the negotiation and expression of often new political and economic relationships.

Suzanne Walker-Pacheco

Suzanne Walker-Pacheco (Ph.D., City University of New York, 1993) is a Professor in the Anthropology department at Missouri State University. Her research and professional interests include primate behavior and ecology, medical anthropology, health issues of Latino immigrants, and forensic anthropology.


Scott Worman (Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2012) is an archaeologist specializing in geoarchaeology and environmental archaeology. He conducts research in the US Southwest, Portugal, and Jamaica. Dr. Worman has close to a decade of experience teaching at the university level, and more than a decade of experience in archaeological research design, survey, excavation, and reporting in the context of cultural resource management. He has published articles in refereed journals as well as dozens of technical reports and  regularly presents the results of his research at national and regional meetings.