In addition to permanent teaching and technical staff, the Maritime graduate program is supported by a range of adjunct staff and contract staff. Information about who delivers core components of the Program is provided below. You can also find out more information about each staff member by clicking on their name to access their general staff web page.
Jennifer McKinnon has been working in the field of archaeology for over fourteen years and has worked on a number of sites above and below the water. Before commencing as a lecturer at Flinders University, Jennifer worked for two years as a State Underwater Archaeologist for the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research. Prior to her position at the State, she taught courses at Florida State University where she was enroled in a PhD.
Jennifer's research interests and experience involve Spanish colonial archaeology sites, specifically Spanish mission sites, landing sites, and shipwrecks. Her experience on Spanish sites began in 1997 at a 16th century site in St. Augustine, Florida. In 2000 and 2001 she spent two field seasons excavating 17th century Spanish mission sites in Tallahassee, Florida. Also, in summer of 2001 she took a position with the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) in St. Augustine, Florida, where she continued her research on Spanish colonial sites. Her Masters thesis (2002) involved investigations of a 17th century Spanish landing site in the St. Marks River, where goods were offloaded and transported to inland missions. In 2004 she participated in a survey of 13 Spanish shipwrecks (dated to 1733) off the Florida Keys and an unknown 17th century Spanish shipwreck (Mystery Wreck) off Vaca Key in 2005.
Jennifer's research interests also involve the cultural heritage management of submerged sites. She has a large research project which takes a scholarly, theoretical and practical perspective in exploring the strategies and issues involved in creating a maritime heritage trail for sustainable heritage tourism in Saipan, CNMI. She has been working with colleagues at the CNMI Historic Preservation Office to develop a WWII Maritime Heritage Trail.
Wendy van Duivenvoorde is a lecturer in the Maritime Archaeology Program. Her current research is focused primarily on maritime trade and shipbuilding in the ancient Mediterranean and Northern Europe. A graduate degree in Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of Amsterdam and her interest in shipwreck archaeology led Wendy to continue her education and research as a student in Texas A&M University's Nautical Archaeology Program. Wendy is the recipient of various awards and fellowships, and is a grantee of the Fullbright Association.
Wendy has participated in shipwreck surveys and excavations in Australia, Italy, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. From 2000 to 2006, she assist-directed the post-excavation research of the Late Bronze Age shipwreck excavated off Uluburun in Turkey by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. The Uluburun shipwreck is considered one of the ten most important archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century.*
Wend was awarded a PhD degree from the Department of Anthropology of Texas A&M University in August 2008. Her PhD dissertation on late sixteenth-and early seventeenth-century Dutch shipbuilding focuses primarily on ships of exploration and Indiamen, and includes the archaeological material of Western Australia's Dutch Indiamen, in particular Batavia (1629). Wendy's study of the Batavia ship was based primarily upon the existing hull remains, now in the Shipwreck Galleries of the Western Australian Museum, contemporaneous archival material and archaeological remains of similar-type ships. For her Batavia shipwreck research along, Wendy has been awarded 15 grants and fellowships to date.
An additional research interest comprises ancient ship's fastenings and anchors. Wendy has become a specialist in the study of ship's fastenings dating to the ancient Greek and Roman periods. She has conducted research on metal fasteners and anchors excavated from ancient Mediterranean merchantmen such as the Tektas Burnu and Kyrenia shipwrecks.
Her area of expertise includes nautical archaeology, classical archaeology, computer applications in archaeology, archaeobotany, archaeometallurgy, technological advancement, ancient Mediterranean ship construction and technologies, and ancient Mediterranean seafaring and seamanship, and European shipbuilding (in particular that of the Dutch United East India Company), seafaring, and seamanship.
*'The Ten Greatest Discoveries of the Twentieth Century,' Scientific American 1.6 (1999):40-43.
John was previously a secondary Technology Studies teacher working around South Australia, who returned to the University of Adelaide to complete a Bachelor of Science (with Honours) majoring in marine ecology and chemistry. He is a trained Coxswain, SCUBA instructor, CFS firefighter, and is Captain of the Norton Summit-Ashton brigade. His honours study was on the rocky reef herbivore Heliocidaris erythrogramma (the common purple sea urchin), its feeding at various population densities, and different food regimes. He and his wife have dived extensively around South Australia, in a number of areas across temperate Australia, and occasionally overseas. He has been diving for 30 years and has been a cave diver for 28 years. Special spots in SA are the wrecks around Wardang Island, the cuttlefish aggregation at Point Lowly, West Island (Victor Harbour), and camping in the Gammon Ranges.