Dr. Batchvarov obtained his Master of Arts and doctorate from the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University in 2002 and 2009, respectively. He has worked on INA projects including the excavation at Tektaş Burnu, Turkey, and the western steamboat Heroine, between Texas and Oklahoma. Dr. Batchvarov was the first recipient of INA’s Claude Duthuit Archaeology Grant for his work in Rockley Bay, Tobago, where he and his team discovered a 17th-century Dutch ship believed to be the Huis de Kreuningen.
Giulia Boetto, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Dr. Boetto is Senior Researcher in Nautical and Maritime Archaeology at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and she is based at the Centre Camille Jullian (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS) in Aix-en-Provence, France. As a specialist in Ancient Nautical Archaeology, Giulia Boetto works on different research programs in France (Toulon, Antibes, Fréjus), Italy (Fiumicino, Naples, Isola Sacra) and Croatia (Caska, Pula, Zambratija and Kamensko). She is also interested in the interaction between the harbor structures and ships in Ostia/Portus, as it relates to her previous research on the harbor complex of Rome and the Fiumicino ships.
John Broadwater, Ph.D.
Founder & President, Spritsail Enterprises
In 1978, Dr. Broadwater became the first State Underwater Archaeologist in Virginia, where he directed the Yorktown Shipwreck Project for nearly a decade and conducted shipwreck surveys in Virginia and North Carolina. Until his retirement in 2010, Dr. Broadwater was Chief Archaeologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. From 1992 to 2005 he was Manager of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, recovering hundreds of artifacts from the famous Civil War ironclad warship USS Monitor.
Lilia Campana, Ph.D.
Instructional Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Dr. Campana is an instructional assistant professor at Texas A&M University. Her research explores the cultural, political, social, religious. and economic transformations of the Mediterranean throughout the centuries in a comparative historical perspective. In addition to her archival research on shipbuilding manuscripts, Dr. Campana is involved with several other projects related to researching Venetian maritime affairs and trade.
Arthur Cohn, J.D.
Co-Founder/Senior Advisor, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Dr. Cohn is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. During a 30-year career, and working in partnership with INA Vice-President Kevin Crisman, Dr. Cohn has directed most of the shipwreck surveys, field schools, and archaeological studies in Lake Champlain. Dr. Cohn worked for the passage of the Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987 and in 2000–2001 was a member of the United States delegation to the UNESCO Conference on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.
Mariá del Pilar Luna Erreguerena, M.A.
Director of Underwater Archaeology, National Institute of Anthropology and History
Dr. Erreguerena is a pioneer in the investigation and preservation of underwater archaeological heritage in Mexico. Since 1980, she has been the head of the underwater archaeology area at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). Dr. Erreguerena is a member of the Society for Historical Archaeology’s UNESCO Committee, and chair of the Underwater Archaeology Scientific Advisory Committee for ICOMOS Mexico. With colleague Margaret Leshikar-Denton, Dr. Erreguerena recently edited Underwater and Maritime Archaeology in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Ben Ford, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Ford received his doctorate in Anthropology from Texas A&M University’s Nautical Archaeology Program. He has been involved in shipwreck studies and remote sensing surveys in the Gulf of Mexico, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Ontario. His interests include maritime, historical, and industrial archaeology, spatial and landscape archaeology, the application of GIS to archaeology and cultural resource management. In 2011, Dr. Ford co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology with Alexis Catsambis and Donny Hamilton.
Jeremy Green, M.A.
Head of Maritime Archaeology, Western Australian Museum
Following his pioneering excavations on the Dutch wreck Batavia in the early 1970s, Jeremy Green established the Department of Maritime Archaeology at the Western Australian Museum. He also helped to found the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA), was made foundation president, and has been editor of its bulletin since 1977. Mr. Green has provided expert technical assistance on INA surveys and excavations from Kenya to Turkey, including the 6th-century B.C. Archaic Greek shipwreck at Pabuç Burnu and the 5th-century B.C. Classical Greek shipwreck at Tektaş Burnu.
Elizabeth S. Greene, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Brock University
Dr. Greene holds a doctorate in Classics (Program in the Ancient World) from Princeton University and specializes in the maritime economy of the Archaic eastern Mediterranean. Dr. Greene directed a photographic and mapping survey of a 7th-century B.C. shipwreck at Kekova Adası, Turkey and co-directed the excavation of the 6th-century B.C. wreck at Pabuç Burnu in 2002 and 2003. She now co-directs the Burgaz Harbors Project with Dr. Justin Leidwanger in Datça, Turkey.
Jerome Hall, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of San Diego
Dr. Hall received his doctorate in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University, after which he served as the Director of the Office of Underwater Archaeology in Puerto Rico. In the Dominican Republic, Dr. Hall led the excavation of the Monte Cristi Pipe Wreck, a late 17th-century northern European merchant trader named in part for a cargo that includes thousands of clay smoking pipes. From 2000 to 2002 he served as the president of INA. His research and teaching interests include Surf Culture and History, Piracy of the New World, Post-Medieval Seafaring, Biblical Archaeology, and Caribbean Cultures.
Laurel Harrison Breece, Ph.D.
Professor, Long Beach City College
Dr. Laurel Harrison Breece received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has conducted research on Spanish colonization in Panama and the silver collection from the sunken city of Port Royal, Jamaica. She teaches at Long Beach City College and is developing a Maritime Archaeology Science and Technology Program in collaboration with the school’s Underwater Robotics Program. An elected member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists since 1999, Dr. Harrison Breece has held a fellowship with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Conservation Research Institute of the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Faith Hentschel, Ph.D.
Professor, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Hentschel received her doctorate in Classical Archaeology from Yale University in 1982. She has worked with INA since 1974. Since that time, she has participated on every shipwreck excavation conducted by INA in Turkey, most notably the excavation of a Late Bronze Age shipwreck at Uluburun. During the summers of 2003 and 2004, Dr. Hentschel directed successful submersible surveys for ancient shipwrecks in Turkey sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
Nicolle Hirschfeld, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Trinity University
Dr. Hirschfeld graduated with an M.A. from Texas A&M University’s Nautical Archaeology Program in 1990. She received her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Hirschfeld’s interest in the Bronze Age Aegean brought her to College Station and then to Uluburun. In the summer of 2010, she returned with George Bass to work again at Cape Gelidonya, 50 years after the original season and in celebration of INA’s first excavation. Dr. Hirschfeld is now working on the publication of the Cypriot ceramic cargo recovered at Uluburun, and a publication that will incorporate all the discoveries made at Gelidonya in 1960 and 2010.
Frederick Hocker, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Vasa Museum
After receiving his doctorate from the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University in 1991, Dr. Hocker was hired to teach medieval seafaring and the history of shipbuilding at Texas A&M. He served as INA president from 1994 to 1996. While with INA, he directed the recording of a 15th-century cog and a 17th-century passenger ferry in the Netherlands, the excavation of an 18th-century pilot sloop at Clydesdale Plantation on the Savannah River in South Carolina, and the excavation of the 9th-century Byzantine shipwreck at Bozburun, Turkey.
Robert Hohlfelder, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, University of Colorodo
Dr. Hohlfelder’s special research interests are in ancient maritime history, the world of late antiquity, and ancient numismatics. He is a co-director of the Roman Maritime Concrete Study (ROMACONS) and served as a senior maritime archaeologist for the Persian War Shipwreck Survey (2003–2006) and the Danaos Project (2007–2009). He also currently serves as a member of the UNESCO/ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management and the International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage.
Mark Lawall, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Manitoba
Dr. Lawall is a specialist in transport amphoras of the Late Archaic through Hellenistic periods, ca. 550–50 B.C. His research program focuses on the documentation of amphora finds around the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean, and Black Sea regions as evidence for the processes, developments, and patterns of distribution in ancient Greek economies. This research has involved primary publication of amphora assemblages on both land and maritime sites including the Athenian Agora, Olbia, Troy, Gordion, Ephesos, and the Kyrenia and Pabuç Burnu shipwrecks.
Joseph Lehner, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph “Seppi” Lehner holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology) from the University of California, Los Angeles and specializes in the Bronze and Iron Age economies of Anatolia, the Near East, and Arabia. He is a specialist in ancient pyrotechnologies and archaeological materials science. Since 2016, he has been co-directing research on the Cape Gelidonya metal cargo at INA’s Bodrum Research Center. Dr. Lehner also currently co-directs projects elsewhere in Turkey and Oman, including the Kerkenes Project and the Archaeological Water Histories of Oman Project, where he focuses on the growth and impact of metals trade between Anatolia, the Near East, and South Asia.
Justin Leidwanger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Stanford University
Dr. Leidwanger’s research and fieldwork focus primarily on the role of maritime networks in the organization of the Roman economy. He co-directs the excavation of the 6th-century A.D. Marzamemi “church wreck” off the southeast coast of Sicily, and since 2011 has also co-directed the excavations in the Archaic through late Roman harbors of Burgaz, Turkey. Prior to this, he directed INA surveys off the coast of Cyprus (2003–2009). Together with Frederick van Doorninck, Jr. and Peter van Alfen, Dr. Leidwanger is involved in the comprehensive restudy of the transport amphoras from the 7th-century A.D. Yassıada shipwreck.
John McManamon, S.J., Ph.D.
Professor, Loyola University Chicago
From 1997 to 1998 John McManamon had the distinct pleasure of taking on a Visiting Scholar’s appointment from the nautical archaeology faculty at Texas A&M University. During that time and subsequently, he took part in excavations of shipwrecked or derelict vessels in Italy (Venice), Turkey, Bulgaria, and Denmark, and he participated in surveys for shipwrecks in Malta and Morocco.
Harun Özdaş, Ph.D.
Vice Director, Institute of Marine Science and Technology at Dokuz Eylül Universitesi
From 1990 to 2002, Dr. Özdas worked as an archaeologist, curator, and representative of the Turkish government in the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology and on underwater excavations at Uluburun, Çesme, Tektas Burnu, Çamalti Burnu, Kızılburun, and Gelidonya. Currently, he is the director of a project that aims to compile a comprehensive inventory of shipwrecks located in Turkish waters. Dr. Özdas is also currently Vice President of the Committee for the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, UNESCO Turkey.
Irena Radić-Rossi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Zadar
Dr. Radić-Rossi started her career in the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, in charge of the protection of the underwater cultural heritage of Croatia. In 2009 she moved to the Department of Archaeology of the University of Zadar. In the framework of the Archaeology of Adriatic Shipbuilding and Seafaring (AdriaS) Project, her main research interests focus on the technological development of shipbuilding and seafaring in the Eastern Adriatic. She has worked in cooperation with both TAMU and INA since 2012 in researching Adriatic shipwrecks.
Warren Riess, Ph.D.
Research Professor, University of Maine
Dr. Riess graduated with a master’s degree in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University in 1980 and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of New Hampshire in 1987. Some of his larger archaeology investigations included: the Revolutionary War Penobscot Expedition, the Piscataqua Offshore Sites Survey, the Ronson ship site (The Ship That Held Up Wall Street), and most recently, the World Trade Center vessel site. His archaeological studies have been the subject of a one-hour special for the Maine Public Broadcasting System and of articles in many newspapers and magazines, including Archaeology Magazine, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
David Stewart, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, East Carolina University
Dr. Stewart specializes in the maritime archaeology of the Age of Sail, focusing on British and American seafaring during the 18th and 19th centuries. His research interests include shipboard life, maritime cultural landscapes, maritime folklife, gender in seafaring, and material culture theory. Dr. Stewart served as an Assistant Director on the excavation of a Byzantine shipwreck near Bozburun, Turkey and participated in the excavation of the Bronze Age shipwreck at Uluburun, Turkey.
KRISTINE TREGO, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bucknell University
Dr. Trego is an assistant professor of Classics and ancient Mediterranean studies at Bucknell University. She has been working with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) and Deborah Carlson, INA President, since 2000 to excavate the Tektaş Burnu and Kızılburun shipwrecks off the coast of Turkey.
Peter van Alfen, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, New York University; Curator of Ancient Greek Coins, American Numismatic Society
Dr. van Alfen serves on the managing committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and on the advisory council of the American Academy in Rome. He is the editor of the American Journal of Numismatics and managing editor of the ANS Magazine, and is the author of numerous books and articles on ancient economies and numismatics, Linear B, and nautical archaeology. Along with Frederick van Doorninck, Jr., Dr. van Alfen is currently involved in a long-term re-study of the globular amphoras from the Yassıada 7th-century shipwreck.
Wendy van Duivenvoorde, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Flinders University; Adjunct Lecturer, University of Western Australia
Dr. van Duivenvoorde obtained her doctorate from Texas A&M University’s Nautical Archaeology Program in 2008. She has conducted research on the metal fasteners and anchors excavated from ancient Mediterranean merchantmen such as the Tektaş Burnu and Kyrenia shipwrecks. Dr. van Duivenvoorde’s studies primarily focus on ships of exploration and Indiamen, and include the archaeological remains of Western Australia’s Dutch East Indiamen shipwrecks.
Gordon P. Watts, Jr., Ph.D.
Director, Tidewater Atlantic Research
After working in Florida on both early American sites in springs and shipwrecks in the keys, Dr. Watts developed North Carolina’s underwater archaeology program. From 1981 until 2001, he also helped develop the Program in Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology at East Carolina University. Since retiring in 2001, his attention has been directed toward managing Tidewater Atlantic Research, a consulting firm he established in 1979. His INA-affiliated research projects include the Clydesdale Plantation Wreck, the Western Ledge Reef Wreck, and the City Point, Virginia derelicts.