Postgraduate Research Students
Julie Mushynsky BHJ (University of Regina) BA (University of Regina). Julie has Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Human Justice degrees from the University of Regina in Canada. Julie completed a Master of Maritime Archaeology from Flinders in 2011 because she was interested in studying coastal communities and maritime material culture. Her PhD will go on to investigate Indigenous community land use and ownership in Saipan, CNMI.
James Hunter BA (Northwestern State University) MA (University of West Florida) (firstname.lastname@example.org) James commenced his studies at Flinders in May 2008. He is a former member of the archaeological team investigating the American Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley, as well as a former staff archaeologist with the US Naval Historical Center's Underwater Archaeology Branch. He received his MA in History/Historical Archaeology from the University of West Florida in Pensacola in 2001. He has participated in the survey and excavation of a variety of shipwrecks from the 16th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Prior to his acceptance to Flinders, James served as a team supervisor for a maritime field school hosted at Mt. Dutton Bay, SA and was a guest lecturer for the maritime archaeology field practicum in St. Augustine, Florida. His general interests include the archaeology of North America and circum-Caribbean colonial sites, as well as early submarine and torpedo warfare. His doctoral thesis will address the use of torpedo boats by Australasian colonial navies as an element of coastal defense during the last two decades fo the 19th century.
Debra Shefi MA (Flinders) (email@example.com ) Debra has returned to Flinders after completing her Masters of Maritime Archaeology in 2006. Prior to commencing her PhD in Archaeology, she worked for the Florida Department of State, Bureau of Archaeological Research as a Senior Archaeologist. During her time at the State of Florida she implemented the Heritage Awareness Diving Program, which works with Course Directors and Instructor Trainers from international diving organizations to teach them why and how to implement heritage awareness into all levels of scuba diving training. She also established Florida's online "Museums in the Sea" (www.museumsinthesea.com) which provides virtual tours for the Underwater Archaeological Preserves in Florida. Her current interests include in situ conservation of shipwrecks, public archaeology through on-line resources, and education and outreach through the SCUBA diving community.
Adam Paterson BArch Hons (Flinders) (firstname.lastname@example.org ) Adam studied archaeology at Flinders and Leicester University (UK) specializing in historical and industrial archaeology. Since completing his honours degree Adam has worked as a heritage consultant, gaining valuable experience as a project archaeologist for a variety of public and private sector developments; raning from small-scale residential and commercial developments to large-scale Part 3A major projects. Currently Adam's PhD research is funded by and Australian Post Graduate Award Industry. Industry partners for the project include, the South Australian Department of Environment and Heritage, the South Australian Maritime Museum and Archaeological and Heritage Management Solutions.
Postgraduate Coursework Students
Marc Brown is a graduate of Flinders University who chose maritime archaeology because of an interest in shipwrecks and diving. Australia's history, as well as much of the world's, comes from a maritime beginning, so he has an intense interest in the field.
Peter Colvin Bsc (Bournemouth University) comes from the UK where he spent three years volunteering on terrestrial and underwater archaeology projects throughout the UK while undertaking the undergraduate degree in marine archaeology from Bournemouth University. His particualr areas of interest is public education of maritime and underwater archaeology and ship construction. After graduating Peter will return to the UK and hopefully will continue his involvement in maritime archaeology and terrestrial archaeological projects.
Darren Cooper BSc Hons (University of Western Australia) Darren currently works as a consultant archaeologist in the mining industry in the East Pilbara, Western Australia. Having a long association with the maritime world through the Royal Australian Naval Reserve and the Australian Customs Service, he is now heading towards a professional shift from terrestrial archaeology towards maritime archaeology. Professional interests include historical wrecks, particular military wrecksites, submerged prehistoric landscapes, and the study of site formation processes. Darren is a member of the Maritime Archaeological Association of Western Australia.
Lauren Davison holds a Bachelor of Archaeology from Flinders University and would love to work as a maritime archaeologist. She is interested in all aspects of maritime archaeology, not just shipwrecks.
Andy Dodd BA Hons (OU), MA (OU) (email@example.com) Andy attended Otago University in Dunedin NZ from 1995 to 2001 and completed a BA (Hons) in Anthropology in 1998, BA (Hons) in Classics in 1999, and an MA in Anthropology in 2001. While still enrolled as an MA student he completed two short term employment contracts at the NZ Historic Places Trust in Wellington as an assistant to the Senior Archaeologist. Andy is currently employed by the Department of Conservation giving technical advice and support on issues involving historic resources on public land in the Auckland region. The Department of Conservation is the government department charged with conserving New Zealand's natural and historic heritage, owning and managing both terrestrial and marine reserves throughout NZ.
Andy's particular interests include aspects of NZs maritime archaeological heritage, archaeological CRM, and the archaeology and history of islands (in particular those managed by the Department of Conservation in the Hauraki Gulf). Andy is a member of the Maritime Archaeological Association of NZ, the NZ Archaeological Association, and the NZ Historic Places Trust.
Wendy Drennon BSc (Florida State), BA (international affairs) (Florida State) Wendy chose the maritime archaeology program because she is interested in learning about prehistoric inundated sites and coastal sites. She hopes to use this degree to study the use of springs in the US, or settlement patterns along ancient waterways that are now part of submerged shelves.
Roger Halliday BA (UNISA); Grad Cert. Business (Edith Cowan) (firstname.lastname@example.org) Roger received his BA from the
Tom Ingpen BA (LaTrobe) Since obtaining his History/Art History degree from LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Tom has been working extensively with Museum and Gallery collections. In 1999 he created a Melbourne based company that specialises in safely displaying, storing and touring fragile museum and gallery pieces in Australia and abroad, and in 2001 received a Churchill Fellowship to travel to the U.S. and Canada to learn more about these processes. Tom is enrolled in the masters program in Maritime Archaeology by distance learning from Melbourne, where he is still director of Pod Museum and Art Services.
Zidian James holds a BArch from Flinders and has previous careers selling books and as a stay at home dad. He was drawn to maritime archaeology because of its excellent credentials.
Josh Jones BSc (Roger Williams University) BA (Roger Williams University). Josh comes from Oregon in the US and is interested in Spanish, central and South American shipwrecks. Josh is also interested in public interpretation and education for maritime archaeology, in particular a focus in media such as photography and videography. He has a background in marine biology through his Bachelor of Science degree and would like to help increase the knowledge and preservation of shipwrecks in those areas. Ultimately he would like to work for the navy or NOAA back in the states.
Alex Kilpa Alex is employed at the Western Australian Museum and is involved in the conservation of metals and large technological artefacts. His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences), Bachelor of Arts (Honours in History), and a Certificate in Museum Studies. Recently Alex completed his Master of Arts (Materials Conservation) at the University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking a Masters Program at Flinders University in Maritime Archaeology. Alex is known for his contribution to the preservation of the SS Xantho steamboat engine which is on display at the Western Australian Maritime Museum and for the conservation and restoration of the Western Australian Museum’s Historical Boat Collection. Alex's primary archaeological interests are in 19th century steamship technology and nautical design. He is also interested in the pre-settlement interaction of Asiastic people with indigenous Australians.
Denise Kuijlaars BA (University of Amsterdam), MA (University of Amsterdam). Denise came to Flinders because there was no comparative complete maritime archaeology program available to her in the Netherlands. With a Masters degree in Mediterranean archaeology, Denise is interested in the social aspects of seafaring in different regions throughout the world.
Ania Legra BA (Florida State), BSc (Florida State) After attending the Advanced Maritime Practicum in Saipan Ania decided to continue with Flinders in a Masters program. She is interested in issues of exploration, colonisation and trade with a focus on Spanish colonies.
Kyle Lent BA (Florida State), Kyle comes to Flinders as a diver turned archaeologist from Florida where he was introduced to the program in an introductory class taught by Jen McKinnon. He is interested in US Naval and Confederate shipwrecks and hopes to secure a job in the Southern US when he graduates. He enjoys travelling, freediving and meeting new people.
Maddy McAllister BArch (Flinders) Maddy graduated in 2010 and is combining her Master of Maritime Archaeology with Spanish language studies. She hopes to use her maritime archaeological knowledge to travel overseas when she graduates.
Laura McCrea BA Hons (Winnipeg) MA (Trent) Laura has been involved in archaeology for over 8 years, taking a keen interest in geophysical methods of non-intrusive survey. She is a Doctoral candidate in Archaeology at Memorial university which is being funded by a fellowship. Laura has directed over 80 projects in Canaga and abroad, including as field supervisor with the Intitute of Archaeology in Belize. She he has recently published a technical book based on archaeology and pedagogy. Laura's PhD research will endeavour to define submerged landscapes in Nova Scotia and develop an underwater and coastal site location model based on archaeological identifiers, ascertain the evolution of submerged landscapes, and identify areas in the site location model as retaining high archaeological potential to be randomly sampled and subject to test coring. Her MMA at Flinders will greatly enhance her PhD research. Co-founder of The Central Archaeology Group, Inc., an Aboriginal company established in 2006, Laura has also been actively involved in adminstering culturally-based assessments throughout Ontario for various provincial ministries.
Cassandra Morris, née Taylor BA (Flinders) Cassandra graduated from the Bachelor of Archaeology Program at Flinders and continued with a Masters of Maritime Archaeology course. She is interested in underwater aircraft and early Asian shipwrecks. In the future she is hoping to travel although doesn't know what job she would like.
Sarah Nahabedian BSc (Roger Williams University) BA (Roger Williams University). Sarah's interest in maritime archaeology began when she spent four months in Bermuda. She would like to combine the specialisations from her previous degrees (Spanish and Marine Biology) with maritime archaeology.
Chelsea Pasch BA (St Thomas University). The MMArch program at Flinders was Chelsea's first choice in post grad education because there is no comparable program in Canada. She plans on returning to Canada to work but appreciates that the waters of Australia are much warmer!
Rick Pauley is a BA (Archaeology) graduate from the University of Southern Queensland who chose maritime archaeology because he was already a diver and wanted to use this skill in archaeology. He grew up in an area with a strong maritime influence.
Sarah Quine BA (La Trobe) (email@example.com) Sarah Quine completed a BA with a major in Australian Archaeology from LaTrobe University in 1999, since then she has been working extensively in the museum and heritage industry. She is currently working as a curatorial assistant at Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania. She has recently accepted a 5 month contract with the French agency TAAF to work on an archaeological expedition to Kerguelen Island, French sub-Antarctica Dec 06- May 07. Sarah is interested in wreck management, collection management, consumerism and trade to the developing colony of Tasmania. Sarah is a member of AIMA (Australian Institute of Maritime Archaeology), ASHA (Australian Society for Historical Archaeologists), the Australian Maritime Museum Council and the Maritime Archaeology Association of Tasmania. Sarah is working towards her Masters in Maritime Archaeology via correspondence part time whilst she works full time.
Josh Russ holds a BA in History and a BA in Political Science from the University of Kentucky.
Jeffrey T. Schaeffer is enrolled in a Master of Martitime Archaeology. He holds a BSc in anthropology with an archaeology concentration from St Mary's College of California. He has 4 years CRM experience in the United States and attended the St Mary's maritime field school in 2010.
Danielle Wilkinson BA (Classics, ancient history and archaeology) (UWA) While she's not sure what job she really wants to pursue, Danielle wants to learn more about maritime archaeology and is interested in a career in a museum.
Andrew Wilkinson is a Bachelor of Archaeology graduate from Flinders, who is interested in all aspects of archaeology. He chose maritime archaeology at Flinders because recent work in Italy has created an interest in submerged sites. He has a particular interest in rapid site recording techniques that use photogrammetric techniques and Lidar systems to record sites in 3D for GIS, interpretation and research. He is currently working on recording the Ardman Bath in Italy and two bakeries in Pompeii.
Dennis Wilson Dennis received his B.A in Anthropology with a minor in Biology from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. After working in terrestrial Cultural resource management at home, Dennis chose to come to Australia and turn his love for maritime culture into a career. His interests include colonial era British ships and trade, and hopes to return home once he completes his Masters degree.
Sarah Amell (MMA 2006)
Shawn Arnold (MMA 2010) Shawn now works as an archaeologist for the consulting company Southeastern Archaeological Research (SEARCH), one of the largest maritime consulting firms in the US.
Aidan Ash (BArch Hon 2004) Aidan is now working for an archaeological consultancy firm in Western Australia.
Samantha Bell (MMA 2010) Sam returned to California and will be taking up an internship with the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program in Florida in June 2011.
Michael Bendon (MMA 2010)
Jessica Berry (MMA 2008) Jessica is living in the UK.
James Beringer-Pooley (MMA 2005)
Sharan Bhaskar (GradDip 2007) Sharan works as a consulting archaeologist in Western Australia.
Adrian Brown (GradCert 2003) Adrian works with the South Australia Department of Environment and Heritage.
Rowan Brownette (GDMA 2005) Rowen graduated in 2005 and is currently taking a hiatus from study to continue his full-time work as a harbour pilot in Sydney.
Rick Bullers (MMA 2005) Rick is working as an archaeological consultant in Sydney.
Jody Bulman (GradDip2007) Jody has sadly passed away and was awarded the GradDip posthumously for his efforts and his love of maritime archaeology.
Matt Carter (GradDip 2007) Matt is currently working on his Masters at Otago and is the 2009 Our World Underwater Rolex Scholarship Recipient.
Brit Burton (MMA 2010) Brit is currently a project officer with South Australia Department for Environment and Natural Resources to help update the SA Historic Shipwreck Register.
Shane Charnas (GCMA 2005) Shane completed a graduate certificate in June 2005 and is currently living and working in Taiwan.
Claire Dappert (PhD 2009) Claire completed her PhD at Flinders University in 2009, looking at the United States-China trade during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.
Terry Drew (Grad Cert 2003)
Julie Ford (BArch Hon 1999; MMA 2003) Julie has worked as a maritime archaeologist at Heritage Victoria and as a research assistant in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University.
John Forrest (BArch Hons 2001) John went on to postgraduate study at the University of Queensland.
Matt Gainsford (MMA 2005) Matt completed his Master of Maritime Archaeology degree part-time while working in the Maritime Archaeology Department at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle. Matt is now living in Kalmar, Sweden and working on the Kronan shipwreck (1676) in the Baltic Sea.
Karolyn Gauvin (MMA 2010) Karolyn is currently working as an underwater archaeologist for Summer 2011 with the Underwater Archaeological Service at Parks Canada in Ottawa.
Joel Gilman (GradCert 2003)
Amanda Hale (MMA 2006) Amanda is currently working as a consultant archaeologist in the US.
Matt Hanks (MMA 2010) Matt is currently undertaking an internship with the Lighthouse Maritime Archaeology Program in Florida.
Benjamin Holthof (MMA 2008) Ben is a curator at the Maritime Museum of the Great Lakes.
Linda Honey (MMA 2006)
Emily Jateff (MMA 2007) Emily is a curator at the South Australian Maritime Museum.
Susan Jones (GradCert 2003)
David Kalinowski (GradDip 2008)
Amer Khan (MMA 2006) Amer works for the South Australia Department for Environment and Heritage as a maritime archaeologist.
Kenny Keeping (MMA 2009) Kenny has been working as a commercial diver and is building his own maritime services company in Australia.
Jun Kimura (MMA 2006) Jun is a PhD student in the maritime archaeology program at Flinders.
Zach King (MMA 2009) Zach is currently volunteering with the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago and has plans to help develop a program for maritime archaeology.
Darren Kipping (MMA 2009) Darren finished two internships with SA Department of Environment and Heritage and one with Heritage Victoria. He worked on an archaeology in Ghana with Syracuse University and is currently an archaeological technician with Parks Canada.
Peta Knott (MMA 2006) Peta worked for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Cosmos Archaeology and the School Education Program at the Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.
Steven Lake (MMA 2009) Steven has been working as a consultant archaeologist in Australia and the UK.
Chris Lewczak (BArch Hons 2000) Chris spent some time working as a research assistant in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University and is now working in Sydney as an archaeologist for the consultancy firm Cosmos Archaeology.
Brandi Lockhart (MMA 2006) Brandi is currently working as an underwater archaeologist with Parks Canada in Ottawa.
Shayne Lyons (MMA 2005) Shane returned to Canada and is now working for a consultancy firm.
Toni Massey (BArch Hons 2009) Toni is currently working for Heritage Victoria as a maritime archaeologist.
Lydia Matthews (BA Hon 1999) Lydia spent some time working at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney and is now working as an archaeologist for the consultancy firm, Biosis.
Helene Messner (GradDip 2010)
Agnes Milowka (GradDip 2007) Agnes finshed her degree and spent time working on a internship with the Lighthouse Maritime Archaeology Program in St. Augustine, Florida USA. She then company DiveRite in Florida and Aqua Tech Australia. Sadly, Agnes passed away in 2011.
Aaron Mior (MMA 2008) Aaron lives in Canada and is a consulting archaeologist.
Mike Nash (MMA 2005) Mike completed his Master of Maritime Archaeology degree in 2005 and is continuing his work as a Maritime Heritage Officer with Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service.
David Nutley (MMA 2005) David completed his Master of Maritime Archaeology degree in 2005 and works in consulting.
Rebecca O'Reilly (BA Hon 1999) Rebecca has worked as a maritime archaeologist in Melbourne for Heritage Victoria and is now working for the State Records Office in Adelaide.
Mark Opdyke (MMA 2007) Mark works for NOAAs Hydrographic Survey Branch.
Nicole Ortmann (MMA 2008) Nicole is living in Canada and is the Lower Mainland Director for Underwater Archaeology Society for British Columbia.
Vicky Papa (GradCert 2003)
Jeffery Pardee (MMA 2010)
James Parkinson (GradDip 2009) James works for Professional Diving Services as a full time commercial diver.
Cass Philippou (BA Hon 1998) Cass is currently working as a maritime archaeologist for Heritage Victoria in Melbourne. See what Cass has to say about her degree at Flinders on our Careers page .
John Ricci (MMA 2007) John finished his degree and headed to Ghana for a maritime archaeology project with Syracuse University. He is now in the US Armed Forces.
Nathan Richards (BA Hons 1997; PhD 2003) Nathan spent a year working for the Tasmanian Heritage Office in Hobart. His PhD thesis won the SHA dissertation Prize in 2004 and he is now an Assistant Professor in the Program in Maritime Studies and Nautical Archaeology at East Carolina University in North Carolina, USA. See what Nathan has to say about his degree at Flinders on our Careers page .
Jennifer Rodrigues (BArch Hons 1999) Jennifer went on to complete a MA (Maritime Archaeology) at the University of Southampton. She is now working part-time in the Department of Maritime Archaeology at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle and is a PhD candidate in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Western Australia. See what Jennifer has to say about her degree at Flinders on our Careers page .
Peter Ross (MMA 2009) Peter is a consulting archaeologist in Canada and Australia.
Massimiliano Secci (MMA 2009) Massi has returned to Italy where he is working as a consulting archaeologist.
Debra Shefi (MMA 2006) After graduating with her MMA, Deb received a position as an Underwater Archaeologist with the Florida Department of State's Program in Underwater Archaeology. Deb is currently a PhD student in the maritime program at Flinders.
Najat El Hafi Skeate (GradDip 2007)
James Sprott (GradDip 2009)
Rhonda Steel (GradDip 2008) Rhonda is currently working for Heritage Victoria as an archaeologist.
David Van Zandt (MMA 2010) David continues to organise and run the Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE) and is also a member of the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team, Inc. (MAST) and the Great Lakes Historical Society (GLHS).
Andy Viduka (MMA 2008) Andy works for the Maritime and Moveable Heritage Section of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Water Resources in Canberra.
Patty Waterson (GradCert 2003) Patty currently works for the Queensland's Deparment of Environment and Resource Management as their maritime archaeologist.
Bill Welsh (MMA) Bill is now working for a cultural resources management firm.
Brad Williams (GradCert 2003)
Brian Williams (MMA 2007) Brian is now working for a cultural resources management firm.
Karson Winslow (GradDip 2007) Karson is currently working as a crew member and cook aboard a tall ship.
Trevor Winton (GradCert 2003)
Zach Woodford (MMA 2006) Zach is now working for a Cultural Resources Management firm.
Dianna Zwart (MMA 2007) Dianna works as a maritime advisor at a consultancy company in the Netherlands.