Announcing the Final Examination of Mr. Taylor S. Collore for the degree of Master of Anthropology

Monday, November 8, 2021 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Announcing the Final Examination of Mr. Taylor S. Collore for the degree of Master of Anthropology


Date: November 8, 2021

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Room: HPH409M & Virtually via Zoom

Contact email for Zoom link:

Thesis title: Using Free And Open Source GIS Programs To Process Lidar Data In Search Of Indigenous People’s Mound Sites Along The St. Johns River Within The Ocala National Forest, Florida.


In this research, LiDAR data is used to locate Indigenous mound sites within the Ocala National Forest of Central Florida, managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS). Using open source geographic information systems (GIS) software, LiDAR data is converted into digital elevation models (DEMs) and analyzed using manual feature extraction (MFE) to locate potential sites. This is completed remotely through a desktop survey using the GIS program QuantumGIS (QGIS). A remote desktop survey limits physical labor requirements normally associated traditional methods of site location by providing exact coordinates and locational data of possible sites before any groundwork is conducted. Following the desktop survey, ground-truthing is performed to verify the validity of LiDAR point cloud data for site location and the methodology utilized in this research.

The purpose of this research was to identify unreported Indigenous mound sites along the St. Johns River of the Ocala National Forest. Through the methodology employed it was possible to accomplish the research goals, located previously unreported sites for future protection, and provide updated site information for the Florida Master Site File.


Outline of Studies:

Major: Archaeology 


Educational Career:

B.A., 2019, University of South Florida


Committee in Charge:

Dr. Edward Gonzalez-Tennant

Dr. Scott Branting

Dr. Brigitte Kovacevich


Approved for distribution by Edward Gonzalez-Tennant, Committee Chair, on October 30 2021. 


The public is welcome to attend.

Read More


HPH: 409M


UCF Arboretum




Thesis and Dissertation Anthropology Graduate Anthropology