Karen Y. Smith holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama and a PhD Anthropology from the University of Missouri. She is employed as an archaeologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in the Heritage Trust Program. Her research interests include style and the creative process, digital tools and technologies, and cultural heritage management. Her geographical focus is southeastern North America, and her temporal focus is the Late Archaic and Woodland periods. She is lead PI on the NEH-funded Snowvision project and directs fieldwork at the Pockoy Island Shell Ring Complex, a heritage-at-risk site in Charleston County, SC.