Victor D. Thompson is Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Center for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Georgia. His primary interests are in the Native American societies and early European colonists that occupied the coastal and wetland areas of the American Southeast. The focus of these studies is to understand the long-term dynamics between humans and their environments and how these trajectories experienced ruptures and displacement at the moment of European contact. The majority of his work has taken place in Florida and Georgia, although he has been involved in fieldwork in France, Mexico, St. Kitts-Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. He has over 50 publications and has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. He is the founding editor for the series, “History and Ecology in Island and Coastal Societies,” and the current associate editor for book reviews for American Antiquity.