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Jennifer Melcher

  • Position: Faculty Research Associate
  • Department: Archaeology Institute
  • Office Location: Building 89, Room 119E
  • Campus: 850.857.6326


Jennifer Melcher is a faculty research associate with the UWF Archaeology Institute. Melcher provides database, GIS, mapping and graphic support for faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology and the Archaeology Institute. In addition, she conducts geophysical surveys and analysis, as well as the facilitation of 3D scanning and printing of archaeological models for research, education and outreach. 

In addition to her extensive digital work, Melcher’s research interests focus on Native Americans at the time of contact with an emphasis on cultural exchange. She teaches GIS for Anthropology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, serves on graduate student committees, and offers workshops for students on topics including surveying, and geophysical methods.

Most recently Melcher has been working with historic cemeteries, both marked and unmarked in the Pensacola area, including work on AME Zion & Magnolia Cemeteries, St. Michael's Cemetery, Miraflores Park, the Escambia County Poor farm.

Melcher is a member of multiple archaeological associations to include Pensacola Archaeological Society, Florida Anthropological Society, Florida Archaeological Council, Southeastern Archaeological Society and Society for American Archaeology.

Degrees & Institutions

Melcher received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of West Florida.

Classes Taught

ANT 4853C GIS for Anthropology


2020 4th Author with John E. Worth, Elizabeth D. Benchley, and Janet R. Lloyd The Discovery and Exploration of Tristán de Luna y Arellano's 1559-1561 Settlement on Pensacola Bay

2019 Search for Haugen Family Cemetery (8WL1625) GPR Survey of 20 Garden Bay Court, Walton County, Florida UWF Archaeology Institute ROI 209 

2017 Contributing Author “Open Science in Archaeology” article submitted to Society for American Archaeology Advances in Archaeological Practice.

n.d. 2nd author with John E. Worth Annual Report 2009 Archaeological Evaluation Mission San Joseph de Escambe (8ES3473)

n.d. 2nd author with John E. Worth Revised Typology for Historic Period Native American Ceramics in Northwest Florida, Article submitted to Southeastern Archaeology.

Keywords: Historical Archaeology; Contact Period; GIS; Remote Sensing; Colonial Pensacola; Missions; Native Ceramics; 3D Scanning and Printing; Cemeteries