The Management Team – Nautical Archeology Division


Steve Schmidt, M.A. – Senior Nautical Archeologist

Mr. Steve Schmidt has nearly 26 years of commercial subsea experience. He received his B.A. from Towson State University and his M.A. in Maritime History and Underwater Research from East Carolina University. As Senior Nautical Archeologist, Mr. Schmidt has consulted with numerous federal and state agencies to assist in fulfilling preservation responsibilities for submerged archeological resources pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Mr. Schmidt’s experience includes surface air supplied diving / dive supervision, multi-component remote sensing survey, and remote-operated vehicle (ROV) work. His project work history includes Phase I, II, and III archeological projects involving all classes of submerged cultural resources. He is knowledgeable and experienced in remote sensing data collection/processing, 3D bathymetric modeling, and geographic information systems (GIS). Prior to joining the Goodwin team, Mr. Schmidt served as an archeologist for the U.S. Navy (Naval History and Heritage Command) for eight years and managed such high-profile projects as remote sensing survey of the Omaha and Utah Beach D-Day landings. He has worked in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont.



Daniel Grose, B.A. – Dive Safety Officer

Mr. Daniel Grose holds a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Oneonta and post-baccalaureate credits in archeology from the State University of New York at Albany. He has 19 years of experience with the Goodwin team, and he is the firm’s Dive Safety Officer and a member of the Dive Control Board. He is a full voting member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and is an Emergency First Responder Instructor, and a Divers Alert Network Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries Instructor. He holds technical diving certifications through Technical Diving International / Scuba Diving International (TDI/SDI) and a certificate from the Paul Hall Maritime Center, Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Basic Safety – Personal Survival Techniques.



Benjamin Wells, M.A. – Nautical Archeologist

Mr. Benjamin Wells received his B.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology from Mercyhurst University and his M.A. in Anthropology/Historical Archaeology with a focus on Maritime Archaeology from the University of West Florida. He has experience conducting Phase I, II, and III archeological projects on submerged historic and prehistoric sites in a variety of environments. Prior to joining the firm, Ben was a participant in the multi-year, NOAA funded “Researching the Submerged New World” project in the Gulf Mexico, which focused on delineating high probability areas for human occupation of inundated landscapes on the inner continental shelf. Mr. Wells was employed most recently by the state of Florida’s Bureau of Archaeological Research (BAR), where he aided in an innovative survey for submerged Native American canoes applying the complete remote sensing array to test the methodology and hypotheses about Native American movement during the late prehistoric and historic periods.


Kaitlin Clothier, M.A. – Nautical Archaeologist IV

Ms. Kaitlin Clothier received dual B.A.s in Anthropology and History from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.A. in Maritime Studies from East Carolina University. Her thesis focused on Caribbean piracy and privateering, specifically examining factors that allowed pirates and privateers to control certain islands. Her research specialties include colonial America and the Caribbean from the pre-Columbian to the present. She also has participated in archaeological field work, recording and analyzing Bermudian shipwrecks.


Nicholas DeLong, M. A. – Nautical Archeologist

Mr. Nicholas DeLong received a M.A. in Maritime Archaeology from East Carolina University, where his research focused on the material culture recovered from a War of 1812 Flotilla Vessel that operated in the Chesapeake Bay. He received a B.A. in History with an emphasis in Military History from Graceland University. Mr. DeLong has experience conducting Phase I, II, and III nautical archaeological projects and at submerged archaeological sites in a variety of conditions. Prior to joining the RCG&A team, he was the archaeological survey technician for the NOAA and BOEM Collaborative Archaeological Survey of the Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area. Mr. DeLong holds certifications from the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and Technical Diving Institute (TDI). Mr. DeLong has worked on submerged archaeological projects in the Great Lakes, Biscayne National Park, Atlantic coastal waters and in various rivers along the East Coast of the United States.