The Archaeology Institute at the University of West Florida is an educational, research and service facility concerned with the prehistoric and historic archaeological resources of the northwest Florida region. The Institute has a professional staff of nine archaeologists, a computer graphics/GIS analyst, a marine captain/dive safety officer and an office manager. Additional staff and students are regularly employed through grant and contract funds.
PAS, the local chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society, has about 100 members, and they come from diverse backgrounds, but all have an interest in preserving, protecting and studying our past cultures through archaeological investigations and the historical record.
Growing up in the Midwestern United States, Gregory Cook used to watch PBS television specials about archaeology and history with his parents. His father, a worker in a Chevrolet car factory, instilled in him the desire to pursue higher education and to find something he was passionate about. For Cook, that something was archaeology.