Our Approach

Submerged Paleo-Landscapes Archaeological Survey & Heritage Project (SPLASH) is dedicated to mitigating threats to Florida’s cultural resources though education and research. Research is focused on continued investigations at known threatened sites that require further archaeological survey, the identification of previously unknown sites, and the advancement of new methods and technologies in conducting underwater archaeological survey. Funding for the program goes directly toward conducting research at threatened sites, to collect archaeological data before they are destroyed by erosion and/or human activity. Public education and swift action are paramount to the preservation of endangered submerged archaeological sites. SPLASH is an organization poised to do just that.

Public Outreach

Our public outreach and education programs are driven directly by the research, through hands on submerged archaeological field experiences, public talks, and publications. Public involvement plays a crucial role in all aspects of our research, creating a holistic public outreach program.

Meet the Team

The board members of SPLASH are made up of the leading researchers utilizing advanced equipment and methodologies in the field of submerged precontact archaeology. Members of SPLASH are dedicated to preserving Florida’s iconic submerged precontact cultural resources.

Morgan Smith


Morgan Smith is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and his research is focused on submerged Paleoindian sites in the Southeast.

Shawn Joy


Shawn Joy is an Submerged Pre-contact Archaeologist who’s research is focused on sea-level and submerged paleolandscape reconstruction.

Andrew J. Van Slyke

Archaeologist / Public Outreach Officer

AJ Van Slyke’s research interests are focused on the public outreach of archaeological sites. Utilizing landscape theories on pre-contact and historic sites, Van Slyke shows changes in how cultures used landscapes over time while promoting heritage tourism through the establishment of virtual Maritime Heritage Trails.

Dr. David Thulman


Thulman’s main research interest is reconstructing pre-contact social organization in the Paleoindian and Early Archaic periods in North America from patterns of artifact shape variation, which requires, among other things, coming to grips with statistics, using Bayesian methods to untangle the details of radiocarbon dating, and understanding how humans translate memory into behavior.

Dr. Michael Faught


Michael Faught, Ph.D. is an early practioner in the field of submerged pre-contact archaeology and is among the nation’s leading experts on drowned landscape mapping and survey using sub-bottom profiler, side scan sonar and other marine geophysical methods. He is an expert in Paleoindian and Early Archaic archeology, and he co-founded the Paleoindian Database of the Americas (PIDBA) and the Archaeological Research Cooperative (ARC-OOP).

Brendan Fenerty


Brendan Fenerty is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona interested in the responses of landforms and landscapes to climate-driven changes to Earth surface processes.

Dr. Timothy S. de Smet

Dr. Timothy S. de Smet is an archaeological geophysicist who received his PhD from Texas A&M University in 2016. Tim is an expert in the use of non-invasive remote sensing techniques and geoarchaeology to study human behavior, social organization, and cultural change through time. His research focuses on the stewardship of the archaeological record using remote sensing techniques to non-destructively document and preserve sites. He is a remote sensing expert with over a decade of experience in the field and is currently the Director of the Geophysics & Remote Sensing Laboratory in the Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies at Binghamton University.