Graduate Student Body President 2014-2015
Ryan Bradley is from Hoosick Falls, New York. He received a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Potsdam. He spent a number of years teaching English in South Korea and travelling throughout Asia before discovering SCUBA and underwater archaeology. Ryan returned to the U.S. to pursue a Master’s degree in Maritime Studies and Nautical Archaeology at East Carolina University. His research focuses on the whaling industry that existed on the Outer Banks of North Carolina from the Colonial period to the turn of the 20th century. Ryan is a certified Divemaster and Technical diver. He is the graduate assistant to the Dive and Water Safety Officers of East Carolina University. Ryan recently interned as a support diver on Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 at the Aquarius Underwater Reef Base in Islamorada, Florida and was a Research Fellow with the Whalehead Preservation Trust of Currituck County, North Carolina.
Vice President 2014-2015
Diana Wright grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 with dual degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry. Diana is currently a Doctoral Candidate with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Brody School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the role of HTLV-1 viral protein HBZ in the development of Adult T-cell Leukemia. Diana has presented her research at the local, state, regional, and international level and is co-author on one peer-reviewed scientific journal article in Nucleic Acids Research.
Diana is involved with the Brody Graduate Student Association, Medical Reader’s Theater, and helped found the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) ECU chapter. She was selected to attend the 2013 IHI Student Quality Leadership Academy. She is also the current recipient of the Berbecker Award for her exceptional dedication and service to ECU. Diana is the current Vice President of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate.
Michael Flynn grew up in Hamilton, NJ. He graduated from The Richard Stockton College of NJ with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Marine Science and Writing. The Stockton College Coastal Research Center hired Michael while in his senior year to conduct surveys for the New Jersey Beach Profile Network. He continued his employment with the CRC upon graduating in 2008, and later received a Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Science from Stockton College in 2011. Michael spent the last year of his career at the CRC as an Environmental Specialist and GIS Assistant working on shoreline monitoring and assessment programs with the State of New Jersey.
Michael enrolled at ECU in the fall of 2013, and is currently in his second year of the Coastal Resources Management doctoral program. He is a graduate assistant on the North Carolina Coastal Atlas project, and is currently conducting research along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to assess the vulnerability of cultural resources to coastal hazards as part of an agreement between the National Park Service and ECU faculty. In addition to serving as the GPSS Treasurer, Michael is also the current President of The Coastal Society and member of the American Fisheries Society.
Executive Associate 2014-2015
Jennifer Jones is from Church Hill, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BA in anthropology, concentrating in archaeology and forensic anthropology. Jennifer spent several years in the United Kingdom, earning a Masters is Historical Archaeology from the University of York, and working at St. Andrews Cathedral. She then returned to the US to pursue an MA in maritime studies at ECU, focusing on archaeological disaster landscapes along the NC coast.
Jennifer is currently a doctoral student in the Coastal Resources Management Program, concentrating in social policy and geo-sciences, looking at the challenges to cultural resources in the beached zone of coasts along the eastern seaboard. Jennifer is also a member of, and held previous board positions for The Coastal Society and the Maritime Studies Association.
Congratulations to the newly elected executive board of 2014-15! From left to right: President Ryan Bradley, Vice President Diana Wright, Executive Associate Jennifer Jones, and Treasurer Michael Flynn