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.
Kathryn Ryberg, M.Sc. - Nautical Archeologist
Ms. Kathryn Ryberg has specialized training and experience in offshore remote sensing data acquisition and analyses including marine magnetometers, side scan sonars, sub-bottom profilers, and depth sounders used to locate, identify, evaluate and document intertidal and submerged cultural resources. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Anthropology and Southampton in Archaeological Computing, she has experience in nautical archeological survey and testing, geographic information systems (GIS), and surface supplied diving. She also has conducted archival research for use in the construction of archeological probability models for project planning, and contributed to numerous cultural resources reports and Environmental Impact Statements. Ms. Ryberg has worked on offshore meteorological data collection facilities that have involved the archeological interpretation of marine geophysical data, as well as agency coordination. She also worked on four LNG projects with alignments in State and Federal waters offshore the Atlantic OCS. She has contributed to projects in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, the Chesapeake Bay, and inland waters.
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.
Chelsea Freeland, M.A. – Nautical Archaeologist IV
Ms. Chelsea Freeland holds a B.A. in History from Austin College and an M.A. in Maritime Studies (Archaeology) from East Carolina University. She has participated in underwater, coastal, and terrestrial projects, including underwater recording, shoreline and bathymetric survey, and land-based boat reconstruction. She has training in both maritime material culture and waterlogged artifact conservation, and worked previously as a material culture specialist with the U.S. Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command. Her expertise includes research, writing, and editing for history and archaeology publications. She has worked on projects in the Great Lakes, the Outer Banks, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the United Arab Emirates.