Brandon Clifford, Co-Founder and Director
As the co-founder and director of the Center for Historic Shipwreck Preservation, Brandon spearheads efforts to safeguard the legacies of sunken vessels. His expertise extends beyond the confines of land, as he navigates the depths of the ocean as a skilled dive master and underwater field archaeologist. With an unwavering passion for marine conservation, Brandon advocates for the protection of our precious underwater ecosystems.
From a young age, Brandon has immersed himself in the world of shipwrecks, lending a helping hand in recovery missions spanning the globe. This experience has shaped his understanding of maritime history and the intricacies of underwater archaeology. Recognized for his exceptional contributions to the diving community, Brandon proudly serves as a global deep elite ambassador for SCUBA Pro, sharing his expertise and promoting responsible exploration beneath the waves.
Andrew Barker, Ph.D
Introducing Andrew, a professional in the field of archaeology and conservation. Armed with a wealth of knowledge and expertise, Andrew holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from the prestigious University of North Texas, where he honed his skills and passion for the discipline. His specialization lies in the fascinating realm of archaeological chemistry, allowing him to uncover hidden insights and unravel the mysteries of the past through scientific analysis. With an unwavering commitment to preserving our cultural heritage, Andrew’s work as an archaeologist and conservator is instrumental in safeguarding invaluable artifacts for future generations.
Mark Agostini, Archaeologist and Educational Coordinator
Mark Agostini grew up in the town of Medfield, Massachusetts and from an early age became interested in archaeology and anthropology. He attended the University of Vermont, Burlington as an undergraduate majoring in Anthropology and Film. He later worked at the Abbe Museum (Smithsonian Affiliate) in Bar Harbor, Maine and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, CO as an archaeology intern, and as a lab manager at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. He is currently finishing his PhD in the Anthropological Archaeology graduate program at Brown University. His specialization lies in archaeological analysis, LiDAR analysis, archaeometry, and the conservation of our artifacts as well as archival research to enhance the stories behind our exhibits and collections.
Meredith Katz, Office Manager and Treasurer
Meet Meredith, the Shipwreck Center’s invaluable office manager and treasurer. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for organization, Meredith adeptly handles the day-to-day business operations. She plays a pivotal role in ensuring smooth workflow, maintaining quality control, and orchestrating engaging live and online educational events alongside our dedicated team.
Matt Paul, Underwater Cameraman and Aerial Survey Specialist
Introducing Matt, a multi-talented individual who excels as a Visual Journalist and technology specialist. With a keen eye for capturing captivating visuals, Matt’s skills extend to being an accomplished underwater cameraman and photographer. Through his lens, he brings the depths of the underwater heritage to life.