Picture of Dr. Meryl Shriver-RiceDirector of the MPS/MA in ECM
Dr. Meryl Shriver-Rice
Director of Environmental Media, Abess Center

As both a media scholar and paleoethnobotanist, Dr. Shriver-Rice’s interdisciplinary background includes dual degrees in Anthropology and Biology, a Master’s degree in Archaeology from the University of Nottingham, England, and a Ph.D in Communication from the University of Miami (film, visual culture, and interactive media track). Dr. Shriver-Rice has taught courses on visual anthropology, cultural theory, science communication, the psychology of group behaviour, sociology, gender and pop culture, media ethics, environmental archaeology, and film studies. Her prior media research has looked at ethical issues through an anthropological lens to examine and contextualize how knowledge and culture are created, transmitted, and maintained through visual culture. She is the author of Inclusion in New Danish Cinema: Sexuality and Transnational Belonging (Intellect Press, 2015), co-editor of ReFocus: The Work of Susanne Bier (forthcoming with Mimi Nielsen & Missy Molly, Edinburgh University Press, 2017), and co-author of Screen Life & Identity: A Guide to Media Studies (forthcoming with Hunter Vaughan, Cognella Press, 2017). Her current media studies research focuses on digital culture and the role of visual artifacts in shaping societal values and perceptions of the environment. In combining media and science research, her aim is to advance societal engagement with environmental studies through new visual forms of scientific communication. Her current book project, Branded Science, examines the relationship between corporate sponsorship and science innovation and visibility in new media and popular science.

Dr. Shriver-Rice has experience as a rescue archaeologist in cultural resource management excavating at sites where urban development threatens archaeological remains. She has done rescue work in downtown Miami at the 2,000 year old ‘Birth of Miami” site, as well as in California, Missouri, and Illinois. She has also excavated overseas with international teams in the Czech Republic, Scotland, England, Italy, and Turkey; including the UNESCO World heritage site Çatalhöyük and the National Geographic site Sant’Omobono. The launch of her current research project The First Millennium BCE Project: Food and Environment in Pre-Roman Central Italy was recently supported by a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (2016). This study investigates evidence for environmental reconstruction, prehistoric agriculture, food gathering, plant and animal-based ritual, and feasting amongst the pre-Roman city-states of modern day Tuscany. Overall, this project explores how ancient peoples’ daily lives were shaped by a complex intertwining with the natural world, from the practical daylong threshing of grains and processing of grapes for wine, to the cosmic divination of lightning storms and sheep’s entrails—a narrative that prefaces the paradoxes of our own contemporary relationship to the environment.


Picture of Dr. Keene Haywood at Ginnie Springs‌Director of Exploration Science
Dr. Keene Haywood
Director, Exploration Science Program
Exploration Science Track Coordinator, RSMAS Master of Professional Science (MPS) Program
Adjunct Professor, RSMAS Dept. of Marine Ecosystems and Society

Dr. Keene Haywood is directing the Exploration Science program through the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. His background is mixture of media production, conservation, geospatial and educational technology research. His interests intersect the humanities and natural sciences with a particular focus on the implementation of effective uses of technology in the field to gather data, document research, and disseminate discovery to the general public.

Dr. Haywood’s experience includes work on deep ocean archaeology ROV projects, documentary projects for National Geographic’s Explorer and Wild Chronicles series, and field projects for The Nature Conservancy and Earthwatch. He has held staff positions at The University of Texas at Austin, the New Media Consortium, National Geographic, and The Nature Conservancy. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin, an MFA in Science and Natural History filmmaking from Montana State University, a MA in Marine Affairs and Policy from RSMAS, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Miami. He was elected to the Explorers Club as a Fellow National in 2007 and currently sits on the ESRI Education Community Advisory Board and the board of the PAST Foundation.