Lori Collins

Research Associate Professor & Co-Director, Digital Heritage and Humanities Collection, USF Library


Office: LIB 122
Phone: 813.974.0613


Dr. Lori Collins is the Co-Director of the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST), a Center in the University of South Florida Library that is working to preserve and protect the world’s cultural and natural heritage through education and global engagement. She also has courtesy appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Geosciences.

Dr. Collins teaches courses on technologies for heritage preservation and museum visualization, and her research specialties include heritage and landscape preservation and documentation strategies for archaeology, Florida and Southeast U.S. archaeology, Mesoamerican iconographic and rock art documentation and preservation, and LiDAR and terrestrial laser scanning applications for heritage management.


Ph.D. Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida
M.A., Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida
B.S., Agriculture, University of Florida


Technologies for Heritage Preservation, Advanced Field Techniques, Museum Visualization and Informatics


Heritage preservation strategies with terrestrial laser scanning and other spatial and imaging techniques, rock art documentation and preservation strategies, iconographic analyses utilizing advanced imaging and spatial techniques, visualization for heritage studies, 3D visualization and teaching strategies.

Specialty Area

LiDAR, Terrestrial Laser Scanning, 3D Printing, GPS, GIS, and Visualization Techniques