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Dr. Stephen E. Smith, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Smith has over twenty years experience as a professional in diving
education. He holds Master Instructor level or greater diving
certifications from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
and Scuba Schools International (SSI) as well as Instructor credentials in
Oxygen Administration from the Divers Alert Network, and CPR and First
Aid Instructor certifications from the American Red Cross and Emergency
First Response organizations. Dr. Smith serves as the Dive Safety
Officer for St. Mary’s College of Moraga, California, and is active in
the American Academy of Underwater Sciences. Dr. Smith has also
supervised numerous field schools in maritime archaeology and coral reef
monitoring projects and has participated in maritime scientific research.
Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, Tucson and is a
National Fellow of The Explorers Club.

Dr. James M. Allan, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Allan has almost thirty years experience as a professional dive instructor
and educator. He holds an Instructor certification from the Professional
Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Dr. Allan is a Registered
Professional Archaeologist in private practice and teaches maritime
archaeology at St. Mary’s College of Moraga, and the University of
California, Berkeley. Dr. Allan also serves as a member of the National Park
Service’s Historical Landmark Committee. Dr. Allan is well known in the
fields of terrestrial and nautical archaeology and has contributed
significantly to the scientific literature. Dr. Allan holds a Ph.D. from
the University of California, Berkeley and is a
National Fellow of The Explorers Club. .

Mr. Kenneth Ehrhart, Director

Mr. Ehrhart has over fifteen years of experience providing professional
supervision of scuba divers, holding twelve certifications, including
professional Divemaster and Asst. Instructor certifications from the
Professional Assoc. of Diving Instructors. During his diving career he has
participated in the training of numerous divers, from introductory to
professional levels. Mr. Ehrhart is currently a partner in a venture capital
firm where he specializes in technology assessment, funding of new firms,
and market research. Mr. Ehrhart holds two Bachelors Degrees from the
University of California, Berkeley, and attended the School of Foreign Service
at Georgetown University. Mr. Ehrhart is a National Member of the Explorers Club.

Dr. Lesley Ewing, Ph.D., Scientific Advisor

Lesley Ewing is coastal engineer with the California Coastal Commission.
Her first project with the Coastal Commission, in 1988, was to prepare
a report on the potential impacts to the California Coast from Accelerated
Sea Level Rise and her interest in the effects of climate change on the
coast continue to the present. She has published numerous articles and
reports on coastal processes, effects of sea level rise, tsunami planning,
and issues related to coastal resilience. Ms. Ewing served on the Board of
Governors for the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute of the
American Society of Civil Engineers, is a Director of the California Shore
and Beach Preservation Association and editor-in-chief of Shore and Beach.
She is a licensed engineer in California and Virginia. She holds an Sc.B.
in Civil Engineering from Brown Univ., an M.R.P. in regional planning from
Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst; and an M.Eng. in coastal engineering from
the Univ. of Calif. Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Civil
Engineering from USC. Ms. Ewing is a National Fellow of the Explorers Club.

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