Tom Penders has been an archaeologist since 1984, working throughout Florida and also in Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico and Belize. He is currently the cultural resources manager for the 45th Space Wing, USAF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. He also heads a small CRM firm called Thomas Penders and Associates and runs volunteer archaeological research projects on weekends from January to April as part of the Indian River Anthropological Society, a local chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society. They have developed a partnership with the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, conducting archaeological research projects on their lands and assisting them with their management of cultural resources. Tom’s research interests are in aerospace archaeology, the Indian River Cultural Area, faunal artifact analysis, and wet site archaeology. In addition to his personal life, he is the father of Becky who is 15 years old. She has bilateral Anophthalmia (blind, she has no eyes), has epilepsy and is autistic. Tom and his wife Nell have been married for 26 years.