New PhD Program


A new inter-disciplinary PhD position on human coastal adaptation and marine conservation is available in the Narayan Lab ( in the Dept of Coastal Studies at East Carolina University. Submission deadline for full applications is June 1, 2020. Interested candidates are encouraged to email Dr. Siddharth Narayan (narayans19 at before applying. More details below.

The successful candidate will be expected to integrate insights from multiple disciplines to explore the trade-offs and synergies between human adaptation to coastal hazards and conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems. The PhD student will be part of an interdisciplinary research based at the Coastal Studies Institute in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. They will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Narayan and will have the opportunity to be co-advised by faculty from geography, conservation, social sciences and economics. The position provides a tuition waiver, monthly stipend, and health insurance for the first two years. Funding in subsequent years is likely, contingent on performance and available funds.


·       Master’s degree in coastal engineering or management, geography, geology, conservation, or a related field

·       Experience in analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative and spatial data.

·       Familiarity with GIS, statistical modeling, and hazard modeling is a plus.

·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

To Apply:

·       Application deadline is June 1st 2020. Full applications need to be submitted to Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Siddharth Narayan (narayans19 at before applying. Please feel free to e-mail with any questions. 

NOAA 2021 OE Grant

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration & Research (OER) is soliciting proposals for ocean exploration in waters under U.S. jurisdiction, including the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). OER is interested in projects that provide data and information that may inform ocean-related segments of the U.S. economy through mapping, characterization, and exploration of the deep seafloor and water column of the U.S. EEZ as well as marine cultural heritage in U.S. waters. OER is soliciting proposals for three themes:

OCEAN EXPLORATION. Ocean exploration to inform management, sustainable use, and conservation of marine resources in poorly explored deep ocean areas of the U.S. EEZ. Areas proposed for exploration and/or initial characterization must be at water depths of 200 m or more.

TECHNOLOGY. Application of new or novel use of existing ocean technologies or innovative methods that increase the scope and efficiency of acquiring ocean exploration data and improve usability of and access to ocean exploration data. Proposed technologies must be applicable to water depths of 200 m or greater, though testing in shallower water or lab-based testing will be supported. Technology testing may occur outside of U.S. waters.

MARINE ARCHAEOLOGY. Discovery and characterization of underwater cultural heritage to inform decisions on preservation and seabed use, and to identify sources of potential environmental impacts. Marine archaeology proposals can be conducted in any water depth within the U.S. EEZ.

Informational documents on this funding opportunity are accessible through the OER website:

For the purpose of this opportunity, costs for ship time and/or other ocean data collection platform support (remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, etc.) are considered rental costs and therefore are not included in Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC).

The exception is for institutions with a federal negotiated Indirect Cost (IDC) Rate agreement that covers these charges.

Note: Ship time on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will not be funded through this announcement.

The following checklists are provided to aid in preparing your application.

Pre-proposal stage (due June 18, 2020):

1. OER FFO cover sheet

2. Pre-proposal, max 2 pages

Submit by email to:


Full proposal stage (due October 22, 2020):

1. Updated OER FFO cover sheet

2. Executive summary, max 1 page

3. Project narrative, max 15 pages

4. Data and information sharing plan, max 2 pages

5. Outreach and education plan, max 1 page

6. Statement of diversity and inclusion

7. Previous significant results

8. Summary of current funding support for each principal investigator

9. Curriculum vitae, max 2 pages per each principal investigator

10. Budget justification and budget tables

11. (if applicable) Negotiated Indirect Cost (IDC) Rate memo

12. NEPA questionnaire

13. (optional) Letters of support, e.g. from local State Historic Preservation Office

14. (non-federal only) Forms: SF-424, SF-424A, SF-424B, SF-LLL, Unpaid Tax Liability

15. (optional) Suggested reviewers

All documents required at the full proposal stage must be submitted individually through

2 PostDocs: Archaeology of the Manila Galleon

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Prof. Montón Subías is interested in sponsoring up to 2 postdoctoral students working in any subject related to the previous projects including the Archaeology of Colonialism, the Archaeology of Gender and the Archaeology of the Manila Galleon. In addition, experts in 3D model tools for architecture reconstruction will be also accepted to work in the preservation, protection and presentation to the general public of the archaeological sites excavated within the project ABERIGUA.
closing date (expressions of interest): 31 May 2020

Call for manuscripts: Special Issue “Advanced Technologies for Maritime and Underwater Archaeology”

Dear Colleagues,

Underwater cultural heritage (UCH) is a crucial asset for the knowledge of humankind’s history and traditions. It is tangible evidence of past human life that has to be protected for ensuring its accessibility to present and future generations.

The documentation, preservation, and dissemination of UCH is an open challenge that is strongly interdisciplinary because it involves collaboration among various experts from different sectors like archaeology, geology, biology, marine science, engineering, robotics, computer science, and numerous other disciplines.

This Special Issue intends to collect original and high-quality research articles and technical notes devoted to the knowledge of underwater materials and promote innovative methodologies, applications, and emerging technological solutions on the subject of materials that lie underwater.

Submissions are welcome that contribute to providing a multidisciplinary forum for cutting-edge scientific and technological issues in materials science, underwater archaeology, archaeometry, cultural heritage, alteration and aging, climate impact, case studies, and other related fields involving the large and varied community of experts from around the globe working in the underwater cultural heritage field.

Contributions are invited on the following topics:

  • 3D imaging technologies for the documentation of underwater sites;
  • Sensing, diagnostic, and monitoring technologies for UCH;
  • Advanced data processing technologies applied to the conservation and monitoring of UCH;
  • Characterization and diagnostics of underwater materials;
  • Conservation state assessment and conservation-restoration technologies for underwater archaeological sites and objects;
  • Case studies dealing with conservation and valorization of UCH;
  • Digital technologies for the exploitation of UCH.

Prof. Dr. Fabio Bruno
Dr. Antonio Lagudi
Dr. Michela Ricca
Guest Editor

Director of Humanities, US Merchant Marine Academy

This position is that of the Head, Department of Humanities, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y. The Academy, one of the five Federal Academies, is a degree granting institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Upon graduation, Midshipmen (male and female) are awarded Bachelor of Science degrees, credentialed as Merchant Marine Officers by the U.S. Coast Guard, and commissioned as officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is looking for a new Department Head for its Humanities Department. It might be a good fit for a naval or maritime historian.



Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO Regional Bureau in Cairo and the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist at the Culture Unit, the Individual Consultant will prepare a working paper on the education and training programmes on the UCH management in the Arab Region. The working paper will inform the development of a regional capacity building programme in this area.


Master’s degree in maritime archaeology, heritage management, and education.

Minimum 10 year-experience in education and training related to maritime archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage management

Excellent research and writing skills in English.


Previous experience in preparing reports preferably on maritime archaeology, Underwater Cultural Heritage management, and heritage education.

Interested individuals are invited to submit additional documents including CV to UNESCO Cairo Office at the email address to cairo@unesco.orgwith a copy and indicating the title of this position by the deadline of 10 May 2020.