Thursday, 29 November 2018 16:10

Virginia Ansaldi

Virginia Ansaldi has completed her undergraduate studies in Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami and worked there for 5 years as a team member and coordinator of the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. She then continued her professional career as an outdoor educator at the renowned Catalina Island Marine Institute. However, after a year of living in California she decided that her hometown, Miami, was in need of the kind of experiential education that is abundant in CA. She has since become a high school biology and environmental science teacher, organizing numerous hands on STEM related opportunities for her students. Virginia truly has a passion for the outdoors and is a firm believer that by engaging in our natural heritage, we become ambassadors for these spaces. She hopes to connect many more people to the National Parks and provide holistic education for the conservation of our planet. 

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 03:35

Dane Manuel Custodio Silva

After actively serving in the United States Marine Corps, Dane received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Religion at the University of Miami where he is currently pursuing a Master of Professional Science degree in Underwater Archaeology. Dane is a third generation Portuguese/American born and raised in Miami, Florida. He spent the majority of his youth in the ocean and everglades, which lead to volunteering and working with state and county parks such as Deering Estate. From a young age, Dane also participated in outreach programs for the Latin community, traveling to Nicaragua to facilitate Campo Alegria for underprivileged youth. In 2016, Dane traveled to Puerto Rico and took part in an archaeological field school working alongside local archaeologists to learn more about the Taino Indians. Though he is passionate about the past, Dane is interested in creatively utilizing current and future technology to generate greater awareness and involvement in cultural resource management within the thriving Latino community and South Florida as a whole.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 20:54

Caleb Henderson

Caleb is a native Texan and is currently in his fourth year of undergraduate studies at Texas State University majoring in Anthropology with a minor in International Studies. After serving over seven years in the United States Air Force, he learned to scuba dive while employed at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in order to continue pushing limits, and in doing so discovered Underwater Archeology. While out at the Meadows Center, Caleb assisted and advised in the creation of a therapeutic adventure diving program to provide student veterans an opportunity to decompress and explore the aquatic world. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he plans to attend graduate school at the University of Miami with the goal of one day becoming an Underwater Archeologist.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 20:24

Andrianna Dowell

Andrianna graduated cum laude from San Diego State University with a BA in Communication and Marketing. Growing up in a modern maritime society instilled a passion and intrigue for underwater archaeology early on. Her first experience with archaeology, however, would be a terrestrial field school in Guatemala excavating the ancient Maya city of Ucanal, and a field project in San Diego excavating a prehistoric Native American site. Her research interests in maritime archaeology include gender roles and feminist theory in maritime culture, as well as public outreach efforts and coastal cultural resource management. She hopes her internship with the National Park Service will help her understand and foster the connection and involvement of the public with our great outdoors. Andrianna is now earning her Master of Arts in Maritime Studies at East Carolina University.

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