Katherine Croff

Graduate Student
University of Rhode Island

Katy Croff is an archaeological oceanographer, a scientist who uses oceanographic technology and methods to study archaeology. Over the past 7 years, she has participated in more than 10 oceanographic research cruises and archaeological projects. Most of these projects include underwater archaeological surveys that use remote sensing tools or SCUBA diving to locate and study archaeological material in the Black Sea, Thunder Bay (Lake Huron), Cyprus, and the Baltic Sea. Katy is now involved with developing the Sea of Crete Project, a multidisciplinary investigation that will study the geological changes in the Sea of Crete and how they relate to the underwater archaeological record.

Her educational background includes an S.B. degree in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.Sc. with distinction in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton. In 2001, she was a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration. Katy is currently working on her Ph.D. in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and has just been named to the 2006 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

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