Atlantic World Marine Archaeology Research Institute amari
Kevin Crisman Warwick 2011

Our Team

AMARI Management and Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Katie Custer

Dr. Custer received her Ph.D. in Anthropology having completed the nautical archeology program of Texas A&M University and is a currently Research Associate of the Institute of Nautical Archeology. She has published articles in Post Medieval Archeology and Maritimes. Dr Custer has taught anthropology at Ashford University and at Texas A&M University and was awarded a research fellowship from the Arquivo Nacional de Torre de Tombo for her work on the iconography of Portuguese ships in the Atlantic.

DIRECTOR OF ARCHAEOLOGY

Dr. Piotr Bojakowski

Originally from Poland, Dr. Bojakowski is a graduate of the Nautical Archaeology Program (NAP) at Texas A&M University and Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) Research Associate. He specializes in early modern Atlantic shipbuilding, ship archaeology, hull analyses and reconstruction, 16th- and 17th-century maritime history, as well as conservation of artifacts recovered from underwater sites. He has participated and directed numerous surveys and excavations in Northern and Mediterranean Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia.

DIVE SAETY OFFICER

Mr. Michael Gilbart

Mike is currently an M.A. student in the Nautical Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology, at Texas A&M University. Mike is from California and earned his B.A. in anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mike has been diving for over a decade and has served in Bermuda as the Warwick project safety diver since 2011. His current thesis research focuses on the history and conservation of artifacts associated with the Warwick, a 17th century English ship that sank in Bermuda in 1619. On the Warwick Project, he performed a variety of roles, such as safety diver, engineer, and boat captain. His further interests include diving the California Channel Islands, world travel, and watching soccer.

EDUCATION AND PUBLIC OUTREACH OFFICER

Mr. Douglas Inglis

Doug received a B.A. in Religious Studies from The Colorado College in 2006, a B.A. in Anthropology from The University of Northern Colorado in 2008, and currently he is pursuing a M.A. in Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University. He studies the archaeology of seaborne exploration and contact. Passionate about public history and outreach, he writes about nautical archaeology at divingarchaeology.com, and the Warwick Shipwreck Excavation at warwick1619.wordpress.com. Doug served as the Assistant Director of the Warwick Shipwreck Project during 2011 and 2012 field seasons.

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Mrs. Maria Parks Crouch, MA

Maria is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Anthropology at Texas A&M University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994, and her master’s degree in Anthropology from Texas A&M University in 2001. Her current research involves an examination of prehistoric coastal forager diet from the Atlantic coast of Brazil before and after the introduction of pottery. Maria received a dissertation improvement grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and from the Wenner-Gren Foundation.