The Monterrey Shipwreck: Meet the Team

The Monterrey Shipwreck Project Science Team Onboard the E/V Nautilus
The Monterrey Shipwreck Project Science Team Onboard the E/V Nautilus

National Geographic Grantee and Texas State University Research Faculty Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann and a team of leading archaeologists are conducting an expedition to the Monterrey Shipwreck in order to carry out the deepest archaeological shipwreck excavation ever in North America. Follow along with Fritz’s updates from the field.

By Fritz Hanselmann

As the Monterrey Shipwreck is such a unique and awesome site, we’ve assembled a great team to carry out this research and delve into the investigation of the sunken vessel.  We’re taking a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary approach to mapping, studying, and sampling this shipwreck.  Inasmuch, the team works very cohesively and despite respective titles, our managerial structure is horizontal with no unilateral decision-making.  It is a great working environment!

Onboard Science Team: 

Principal Investigators: Fritz Hanselmann, Texas State University Meadows Center for Water and the Environment; Dr. Christopher Horrell, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Amy Borgens, Texas Historical Commission

Chief Scientists: Frank Cantelas, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research; Dr. Jack Irion, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Project Archaeologists: Dr. James P. Delgado, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries; Dr. Alicia Caporaso, Burueau of Ocean Energy Management

Expedition Leader: Dr. Michael Brennan, University of Rhode Island

Operations Leader: Reuben Mills, Ocean Exploration Trust (not pictured)

In addition to our onboard scientists, OET researchers, and the crew of the E/V Nautilus, we have over 30 other archaeologists, biologists, geologists, conservationists, and educators connecting live with the shipboard science team from Exploration Command Centers the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, Texas A&M-Galveston, and the University of Rhode Island Inner Space Center, not to mention the many others that are tuned in and broadcasting live to the public.  One of the most fascinating aspects of this project is the ability to connect with people around the world and work together for the study and protection of our shared marine resources, both cultural and biological.

Funding provided by foundations and individual donors through the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and the Office of Advancement at Texas State University, the Way Family Foundation, and the Harte Family Foundation. 

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