Research Associate Program

The Center has started collaborating with academic and research organizations from many countries. We are open to faculty and researchers proposing coastal and marine projects involving archaeology, biology and ecology, geology, oceanography, and just about every other discipline. We are happy to help with grant funding applications and background information about the Albanian coastline.

If you want to develop long-term research plans along our coast, the Center would like to consider you for a position as a Research Associate. Research Associates will help build our organization infrastructure and develop research goals and strategies. If you are interested in joining our dynamic team, drop us a line at


Current Research Associates


Aaron W.E. Galloway, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
University of Eastern Finland

I am a benthic marine ecologist studying trophic relationships in aquatic communities using both fatty acids and stable isotopes as biomarkers. I use experimental approaches to evaluate hypotheses about biomarker trophic transfer generated from observational data. My principal area of research is understanding the role of seaweeds as an energy source for deep subtidal (e.g., >100 m) communities. I have diverse other interests, including natural resource management, terrestrial wildlife ecology, citizen science, and subtidal invertebrate behavior and stock assessment. For my post-doc, I will be working with limnologists in Finland to use an experimental biomarker approach to identify quantitative contribution of basal primary producers to lake food webs. My experiential teaching approach has been honed in K-12, undergraduate, and graduate classes and I have particularly enjoyed mentoring and publishing with undergraduate researchers.

Dr. Galloway's CV is here!


Avery Paxton, B.S.
Ph.D. Student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

My research focuses on marine ecology, conservation, and restoration of hard bottom systems, including artificial reefs, shipwrecks, and natural hard bottom. I earned my BS in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, during which my research focused on ecologically conserving shipwrecks in North Carolina. I am currently a biology PhD student at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. My dissertation research is primarily based in North Carolina coastal waters and heavily uses SCUBA diving as a tool to assess hard bottom habitat. More specifically, I seek to understand how structural complexity, sediment dynamics, biogeography, and connectivity of hard bottom habitat impact fish and invertebrate community composition.

Avery's CV is here!


Petra Zdrakovic, M.A.
Ph.D. Student
University of Belgrade

I’ve graduated from the Department of Archaeology on Faculty of Philosophy within the Belgrade University in Serbia. Currently a PhD student on same department researching aspects of coastal Roman trade on south- eastern Adriatic coast. Part of the Montenegrin Maritime Archaeology Research Project for last three years which goal is to determine potential underwater archaeological sites and capacity-building regarding maritime archaeology within the country. Finished advanced training course on the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds in the International Centre on Underwater Archaeology in Zadar (Croatia) organized by Unesco. Recent projects have been based in Montenegro, Albania and Serbia. Part of the Montenegrin and Serbian archaeological society.

Petra's CV is here!

What is Nautical Archaeology?

Underwater, marine, maritime, or nautical archaeology is simply archaeology done under the water. Together with cultural and physical anthropology and linguistics, archaeology - both on land and underwater - is a subfield of the science of anthropology, the study of humankind. Basically, the tools, techniques, and products are the same no matter where one works, although different environments may require adaptations to the task at hand. But the goals are the same: understanding our past.


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