Cayla Colclasure is a southeastern archaeologist interested in what studying foodways can reveal about past people’s identities and social dynamics. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee in 2017 before entering the master's program at the University of Alabama. Her thesis project is concerned with Mission era (1565-1680 CE) Guale foodways on St. Catherines Island, GA. This was the site of some of the earliest attempts made by Spanish Franciscans to convert indigenous peoples and alter their traditional lifeways. She is investigating how Guale diet and cuisine were affected by their involvement in the colonial economy and the restructuring of their social landscape. In this project, she is analyzing invertebrate remains from the pueblo surrounding the Mission de Santa Catalina de Guale. Cayla is looking at temporal change in shellfishing practices via comparison of Mission-era invertebrate assemblages to similar pre-Hispanic data from the island and she will also be conducting a synchronous comparison between aggregated community sectors. As a member of her committee, Dr. Chiou’s insight into archaeological foodways has been a considerable asset to her research.