Since graduating from the FSU PhD program, Meredith Hardy (PhD 2008) has continued working as an archeologist for the National Park Service — Southeast Archeological Center; Dr. Hardy has worked with both the Region wide Archeological Survey Program and the Section 106 Compliance divisions for nearly 15 years. Dr. Hardy conducts research of prehistoric, colonial, and plantation archaeology of the southeastern United States and the Caribbean, foodways, architecture and colonial urban planning, and the development of creole cultures, and has led archeological investigations across the Southeast, including Cumberland Island National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, Congaree National Park, and the national parks on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. She has also continued archeological field work at the Salt River site on St. Croix, and researching museum collections of gCrucianh prehistoric artifacts at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian. Results of her research have been used in the development of interpretive, education, and outreach materials, including the development of Junior Ranger Programs and museum exhibits for national parks across the Southeast and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is currently a member of the SAAfs Public Education Committee, and a past member of the Curriculum Committee. Currently, she is currently serving as the Section 106 Data Management and Quality Control Coordinator at Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) oil spill, and has served as the Acting Historic Property Specialist for the Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) spill. In 2011 she co-edited and published with Dr. Kenneth Kelly (University of South Carolina) French Colonial Archaeology in the Southeast and Caribbean, and is currently working on publications of archeological work conducted at the Stafford Plantation slave village on Cumberland Island, Georgia, and at the Ft. Rosalie site, Natchez, Mississippi.
"The FSU Anthropology program prepared me for my career, through field schools, course work, the variety of opportunities and experiences, and the people and contacts made over the years. Oh yeah, and don't forget those qualifying exams!"