Bill is Curator of South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography and Director of the Randell Research Center, a research and education facility located in Pineland, Florida. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis in 1974. He has done archaeological research in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, and Burgundy (France). At the Florida Museum, he curates the South Florida archaeological and ethnographic collections. Since 1983, he has directed the Southwest Florida Project, focused on the ancient domain of the Calusa Indians (present-day Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties). He is curator of the permanent exhibit People of the Estuary: Six Thousand Years in South Florida in the Florida Museum’s Hall of South Florida People and Environments.
Karen is an environmental archaeologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1992. She serves as a faculty scientist and collection manager for South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography at the Florida Museum. She undertook the defining zooarchaeological studies of the Charlotte Harbor Estuarine System, and has published several articles on Southwest Florida covering such diverse topics as ancient fishing technology, sea-level fluctuations, Calusa diet, the archaeology of twentieth-century logging camps, and the nineteenth and twentieth-century archaeology of Useppa Island. She serves as Chair of the Randell Research Center’s Research and Collections Committee.