Graduate student

Contact Info

Of note:

2018 Norm Herz Research Grant ($500)

2018 Hamilton Lokey Graduate Scholarship ($4000)

2017 Hamilton Lokey Graduate Scholarship ($4000)

2016 Hamilton Lokey Graduate Scholarship ($4000)

2015 Hamilton Lokey Graduate Scholarship ($3000)

2014 Newmont Gold Geology Field School Scholarship ($1000)

2013 Brian Daniel Gumbert Award for Excellence in the Field (Archaeology) ($500)



Victor D. Thompson, Chester B. DePratter, Jacob Lulewicz, Isabelle H. Lulewicz, Amanda D. Roberts Thompson, Justin Cramb, Brandon Ritchison, Matthew H. Colvin 

2018. The Archaeology and Remote Sensing of Santa Elena’s Four Millennia of Occupation. Remote Sensing.


Lulewicz, Isabelle H., Victor D. Thompson, Justin Cramb, and Bryan Tucker

2017 Oyster Paleoecology and Native America Subsistence Practices on Ossabaw Island, Georgia, U.S.A. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 15:282-289.


Robert J. Speakman, Carla S. Hadden, Matthew H. Colvin, Justin Cramb, K.C. Jones, Travis W. Jones, Corbin L. Kling, Isabelle Lulewicz, Katharine G. Napora, Katherine L. Reinberger, Brandon T. Ritchison, Maria Jose Rivera-Araya, April K. Smith, Victor D. Thompson. 

2017 Choosing a Path to the Ancient World in a Modern Market: The Reality of Faculty Jobs in Archaeology. American Antiquity: Forum,


Lulewicz, Isabelle H, Thompson, Victor D., Pluckhahn, Thomas J., Das, Oindrila, and Fred T. Andrus     

2017 From Habitat Exploitation to Monument Construction: Exploring the Nature of Shell Deposits at Crystal River and Roberts Island through Stable Isotope Geochemistry. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 0:1-17. Published online September 28, 2017.



Public Outreach and Service


2018    Reviewer, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology


2018    Reviewer, PloS One


2018    Co-Organizer, Zooarchaeology Interest Group Session, Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM 2019


2017    Book Review, Cambridge Press


2017    Invited Panelist, Getting Into Graduate School, Anthropology NSF REU: Immersive Research in the Bioarchaeology of Greek Colonization, Sicily, Italy


2017    Invited Talk, Florida Public Archaeology Network Event: Drafts from the Past. Archaeology is Local.


Jeff Speakman, Matthew Colvin, Justin Cramb, Alice Hunt, KC Jones, Travis Jones, Isabelle Lulewicz, Katharine Napora, Katie Reinberger, Brandon Ritchison, Victor Thompson

2016 UGA Junior Archaeologist: An Explorer’s Guide to Georgia’s Past. UGA Junior Archaeologist Program, Center for Applied Isotope Studies Outreach.


2015-   Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia

2015    B.S. Geology, University of Georgia

2015    B.A. Anthropology, University of Georgia

Research Areas:
Research Interests:

Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia Coast, Archaeological Science, Stable Isotope Geochemistry Environmental Isotope Geochemistry, Zooarchaeology, Complex Hunter-Fisher-Gatherers, Historical Ecology, Paleoenvironmental reconstruction, Small-scale coastal economies, Climate Change, Economic Anthropology, Geoarchaeology, Archaeometry, Geological Applications in Archaeology, Cooperation and Collective Action

My dissertation research uses stable isotope geochemistry and archaeological data to examine how shifts in coastal economies were linked to environmental and climatic change among Native American communities of the Florida Gulf Coast. I utilize a multi-site approach with data points from southwestern Florida to northwestern peninsular Florida to focus on climatic and sea-level change occurring during the first millennia AD. I then correlate macro-scale climate data with localized shifts in economic practices. This enables me to refine the spatial and temporal resolutions of climate data to address the resiliency of local communities. The Florida Gulf Coast provides an ideal laboratory for this work, as the Native populations consumed a wide variety of mollusks and fish, which are usable proxies for paleenvironmental reconstructions, specifically for changes in temperature and salinity. Marine resource use dominates the economic practices of coastal communities across the Americas and around the globe. My research speaks to broader issues concerning the ability to mediate food insecurities in the context of climate change in coastal areas in both past and present populations. An historic perspective on these issues has the potential to provide important lessons on how communities reliant on small-scale economic practices mediate environmental change.