Dr. Lynn Harris has a background in nautical archaeology, terrestrial archaeology, submerged cultural resource management and maritime history. She teaches courses in underwater archaeology methods, maritime material culture, watercraft recording, and European maritime history with an inter-disciplinary Atlantic World perspective. Teaching assignments have included offering summer abroad study programs in Africa. Harris has also directed and co-directed underwater archaeology field schools for graduate students in a variety of locations. She has published on vernacular watercraft, colonial period shipwrecks, public outreach, maritime heritage tourism, and international collaboration in underwater archaeology initiatives.
Dr. Nathan Richards specializes in nautical archaeology, archaeological theory and is a specialist in watercraft discard and cultural site formation processes of the archaeological record. He has an interest in non-traditional subjects in maritime archaeology focusing on non-shipwreck sites such as ship graveyards, the archaeology of harbor infrastructure, and maritime terrestrial sites. He has been involved in a number of field schools run by Departments of Archaeology at Flinders University (South Australia), and James Cook University (Queensland), and has been employed in cultural resource management work by the State Governments of South Australia and Tasmania. Currently he is working in three main themes within the theme of cultural site formation; shipboard incarceration, ferrous shipbuilding traditions (iron, steel and steam shipbuilding), and ship abandonment.
Dr. Jason Raupp is the Staff Archaeologist for the Program in Maritime Studies. Over the past twenty years he has been involved with maritime and terrestrial archaeological research projects in the US, West Africa, Australia, Asia, and the Pacific region. He has extensive experience in public and private sector cultural heritage management, as well as diving and boating safety. His research interests include historical and maritime archaeology of the Pacific Ocean, culture contact, historic fisheries, military technologies, battlefield studies, and contact-period rock art. His current research focuses on early to mid-nineteenth century pelagic whaling and the industrial aspects of the ships employed in the Pacific whale fishery.
Marcela Bernal is a doctoral student at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). She is PhD in Anthropology (Archaeology) and her dissertation topic is: Arqueología en Nuestra Señora Santa María de los Remedios del Cabo de la Vela, un Asentamiento Colonial para la Pesca de Perlas del Siglo XVI. She is currently a Fulbright scholar spending a semester in the Maritime Studies Program at ECU. She is assisting with teaching the public NAS course and translations of the project report and social media.
Omar Fernández López is originally from Barcelona, Spain. He is a doctoral student studying in Arqueólogo-Patrimonio Histórico Doctorando en Historia y Arqueología Marítimas, Universidad de Cádiz, España. His doctoral work focuses on maritime cultural resource management in Costa Rica working on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts using a variety of case studies. He is assisting with teaching the public NAS course and with research on the Danish shipwrecks in the Costa Rica National Archives.
Annie Wright is a Master’s student in the Maritime Studies program. Her research focuses on underwater 3D imaging systems and their use in cultural heritage tourism. Annie received her bachelor’s degree at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, where she graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Environmental Studies. She grew up spending summers on the coast with her family, but reaffirmed her desire to pursue a career in maritime and underwater archaeology by working on several underwater archaeology projects as an undergrad, and participating in a semester-long coastal resource management program in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Outside of school, Annie enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and rock climbing, and spending time with her dog, Cayo, a rescue from the Turks and Caicos.
Dorothy Sprague is a Master’s student in the Maritime Studies program at East Carolina University. She grew up in New York City and then attended Emory University in Atlanta Georgia where she studied Marketing and Management. After college, she conducted anthropological field work with the Ju’/hoan San in the Kalahari Desert, working on a linguistics education project. Following her time in Namibia, Dorothy went to the Seychelles for six months to gain her Divemaster SCUBA certification and learn about Marine Biology. She is now a second year at East Carolina University where she is interested in the B-29 bomber plane, and its role in the Pacific theatre of World War II.
Tyler Ball is a Master’s student in the Maritime Studies program here at East Carolina University. His research focuses on site formation processes and underwater environmental impacts on shipwrecks. Tyler received his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in History from Marshall University. Tyler spent most of his early life fascinated with the ocean. Later on, he began to find history just as interesting and decided to find a career that combines the two fields. Aside from school and work, Tyler enjoys working on artistic projects, and exploring new places.
Kristina Fricker is a graduate student in the Maritime Studies program here at ECU. She graduated from the University of Rochester in May of 2015 where she doubl majored in History and Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures (ATHS). While attending a terrestrial field school in Bermuda, she snorkeled over a 19 th century paddlewheel shipwreck and decided to pursue an interest in underwater archaeology. Her academic interests include ancient navies in the Mediterranean as well as expanding current underwater archaeological methodologies. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, camping, and diving.
Sean Cox came to Maritime Studies with a background in Classics, which he followed with a career in Turkey conducting economic analysis and investigative due diligence. This circuitous path has led him to layer interests in the ancient Mediterranean and the Early Modern Age of Sail periods, with diagnostic photogrammetry, 3D modeling, and mathematical search and survey methods. Broadly, he is interested in the ways material culture provide evidence for repeated cultural behaviors that can inform the interpretation of maritime heritage on both macro and individual scales.
Tyler Caldwell is a Master’s student in the Maritime Studies program. His interest in history stems from a childhood interest in the Roman/Greek period in history. Seeing trends and patterns throughout history and how the human race has evolved overtime is a fascinating subject. My thesis topic deals with the Crusader Era in the Levant and looking at settlement/fortification patterns on Cyprus during different times of occupations. In my Undergraduate at MTSU my history classes focused on the Crusader Era which peaked my interest in the Maritime aspects of this transformative period. Outside of history I enjoy Biking, swimming, video games, table top games, and triathlons. My long term goal is to work with research groups in the Mediterranean as a archaeological technician.