Nautical Archaeology Program Students

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Megan Anderson

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Arik Bord

Arik Bord
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Parker Brooks

Parker Brooks
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Nicholas Budsberg

Nicholas Budsberg
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José Luis Casaban

José Luis Casaban
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Nina Chick

Nina ChickEmail

 


Chelsea Cohen

Chelsea CohenEmail

 


Sam Cuellar

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Annaliese Dempsey

Annaliese DempseyEmail

 


Arianna Dimucci

Arianna DimucciEmail

 


Kirsten Dollarhide

Kirsten DollarhideEmail

 


Chris Dostal

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Josh Farrar

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Raphael França

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Miguel Gutierrez

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Miguel Gutierrez graduated cum laude from the University of Texas-Pan American with a double B.A. in anthropology and history in August 2014. He was a member of several organizations such as Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society, Lambda Alpha Delta Honor Society, the Social and Behavioral Sciences Student Advisory Committee, and served as president of the Anthropology Club at UTPA for one year. Although he harbors an interest for each of the four anthropological subfields, the bulk of his research experience and training is in archaeology. He has taken courses on the archaeology of several regions of the world and has served as a research assistant for the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (C.H.A.P.S.) program doing ethnographic and archaeological research in Edinburg, Texas leading to the publication of The Norquest Family: A Porcion of Edinburg in 2011. He took part in excavations at the Fort Brown archaeological site in Brownsville, Texas in 2012 and was an assistant during The Rio Grande Delta National Archaeology Day in Palo Alto National Park in the same year. He has helped with archaeological research in the Casma Valley of northern Peru in 2013 and 2014 during the excavation of an Initial Period site known as Huerequeque (circa 1500-1300 B.C.E.). He has always been interested in the seafaring traditions of ancient cultures, particularly those of the ancient Mediterranean. His academic focus is in the morphology, iconography, and contents of shipboard ceramics, or amphorae, of Greek and Roman merchantmen (2nd century B.C.E. - 8th century C.E.), ship construction and design, and the evolution and modification of ancient anchors.


Stephanie Koenig

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Tyler Laughlin

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Megan Lickliter-Mundon

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John Littlefield

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Karen Martindale

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Rachel Matheny

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Kevin Melia-Teevan

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Justin Parkoff

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Justin is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. After receiving a B.A. in History from Texas A&M University, he is continuing his studies in the Nautical Archaeology Program where he is focusing on the conservation of submerged archaeological resources and the preservation of cultural heritage sites. His dissertation research interests include the exploration and management of historic sites along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Currently, Justin is working at the Texas A&M Conservation Research Laboratory where he is assisting with the analysis and conservation of the Civil War Gunboat U.S.S. Westfield that was recovered from Galveston Bay.

In addition to modern historical archaeology, Justin is also interested in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. As a continuation of his studies in the preservation of cultural heritage sites, his Master’s thesis details and reconstructs Babylon during the Chaldean dynasty in the form of an architectural model.


Holly Perdue

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Kelsey Rooney

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David Ruff

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Dave Ruff is a native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Dave graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where he majored in chemistry. He also earned two masters degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, in Acoustic Engineering and Antisubmarine Warfare. His Navy career included tours aboard four submarines, culminating in command of USS LOUISIANA (SSBN 743); he retired from active duty at the rank of Captain.

Dave is interested in ancient Mediterranean seafaring. As the recipient of the 2015 Claude Duthuit Archaeology Grant from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Dave co-directed the excavation of a Roman ship in the Bay of Kastela, near Split Croatia, in April-May 2015. He is also a member of the Archaeology of Adriatic Shipbuilding and Seafaring project (AdriaS), a four year program sponsored by the Croatian Science Foundation. Dave and his wife Marla live in College Station.


Randall Sasaki

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Randall Sasaki was born in Yokohama; the largest port city in Japan. His parents first met on a Trans-Pacific Liner, and growing up near the harbor where Commodore Matthew Perry stepped ashore in 1853 might have something to do with Sasaki's career choice. Sasaki has always been fascinated by how archaeology can trace past human behavior and how people from different cultures interacted.

His main subject of study is East Asian seafaring and shipbuilding history from the period of the Song to Ming dynasties when China was the maritime superpower of the world. He has conducted several research projects in Japan, including the hull timber analysis from the island of Takashima where the ill-fated fleet of Kublai Khan was crushed by the strong typhoon known as Kamikaze, or divine wind. This project became his master's thesis, which he completed in 2008. Sasaki’s current project includes yet another failed Mongol invasion in Vietnam. He is proud to be a member of the Asian Research Institute of Underwater Archaeology in Japan and is keen on building an international cooperative effort to promote the study of nautical archaeology in Asia.


Ralf Singh-Bischofberger

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Grace Tsai

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Phil Watson

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Laura White

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Laura White is a PhD student in the Nautical Archaeology Program. She previously received her MSc in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford in 2010, and prior to that completed a BSc in Marine Sciences and a BA in Maritime Studies at Texas A&M University at Galveston. She has terrestrial fieldwork experience in Viking Shetland sites, Roman Yorkshire sites, and in historical sites in Texas.

Laura’s research interests are in ancient ship construction, and more specifically in the applications of analytical chemistry to the discipline. Her dissertation research under the advisiorship of Dr. Cemal Pulak focuses on the chemical characterization of residues such as paints, pigments, resins, tars, and oils used in the decoration and preservation of ancient hulls through the use of high-performance analytical techniques such as SEM, GC-MS, HPLC-MS, IR and Raman spectroscopy.

Laura is active in diving safety and education; she is a NAUI Openwater SCUBA Instructor and a NAUI First Aid, CPR, and Emergency O2 Administration Instructor. She works as the TAMU Assistant Diving Safety Officer and co-instructs scientific diving classes. She will be working as the DSO for the 2011 season of INA’s Bajo de la Campana Phoenician shipwreck project in Spain, and will be participating in the 2011 season of the Mazotos project, a classical shipwreck off the coast of Cyprus.


Staci Willis

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Staci received her B.A. in Archaeology and Anthropology from Baylor University in 2004, and went on to earn her M.A. in Social Sciences (concentration Archaeology) from the University of Chicago in 2006, with a thesis investigating the relationship between ideology and the built environment during the Amarna period of New Kingdom Egypt. Her doctoral research relates to laced boat construction in the upper Adriatic, focusing on the role of traditional boatbuilding practices in creating and maintaining a local identity for this community of builders in the context of Roman colonialism. Staci has worked on archaeological shipwreck and underwater sites off the coast of Spain and Sri Lanka, and in the rivers of northern Italy.



Kotaro Yamafune

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