The Management Team – Nautical Division

The scientific professionals of RCG&A’s Nautical Division incorporate tiers of nautical archaeology, remote sensing and marine geology specialists. Their research and compliance foci extend from interior rivers to the Outer Continental Shelf. Supported by award winning Senior Managers, a robust GIS department, and practiced, professional editors and report production staff, the Nautical Division helps spearhead project planning, works to keep agencies on an even keel, clears the deck for real time problem solving, and provides a beacon for field investigations. Our team sets the standards for data analyses and interpretation. Our project documentation and reports are ship shape and Bristol fashion.


Steve Schmidt, M.A. – Vice President – Nautical Division

Mr. Steve Schmidt has nearly 30 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 Archaeologist, Mr. Schmidt has consulted with numerous federal and state agencies to assist in fulfilling preservation responsibilities for submerged archaeological 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 archaeological 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 archaeologist 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 archaeology 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.


Ashley Himmelstein, M.A. – Nautical Archaeologist

Ms. Ashley Himmelstein, Nautical Archaeologist, has four years experience in cultural resources management. She received the B.A with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Marine Science from SUNY Stony Brook. Her M.A in Maritime Civilizations from the University of Haifa, under Drs. Michael Lazar and Assaf Yasur-Landau, recognized her master’s thesis on using the Frequency Domain Electromagnetic Method to locate buried harbor features along the South Bay of Tel Dor. That research was the subject of a poster session at the American School of Oriental Research Annual Meeting. In addition, Ms. Himmelstein spent multiple field seasons surveying and excavating coastal and underwater portions of the Tel Dor site in Israel, where she also assisted in excavation of what is believed to be the earliest – and now submerged – sea wall in the world, dating 7,000 years old. Her cultural resource management experience has focused along the Atlantic Coast; she also worked for the U.S Forest Service before joining the RCG&A. Ms. Himmelstein holds multiple diving certifications including NAUI Advanced Diver and NAUI Rescue Diver.