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Maritime Research Division


Jessica Irwin joins MRD in Charleston

By MRD

Following a lengthy search involving many well-qualified candidates, we're pleased to announce Jessica Irwin has accepted the Education & Outreach position previously held by Ashley Deming.  Jessica recently earned her MA in underwater archaeology at the University of Rhode Island and has spent the past 5 years working as an archaeologist, the last three of which have been focused primarily on underwater archaeology.  She has extensive experience with underwater remote sensing equipment and data processing. During her time as an archaeologist with the George Washington Foundation and James Madison’s Montpelier, Jessica had the opportunity to interact with the public every day and her passion for education and public outreach made her an ideal candidate for the position.

As a volunteer with the MRD on the Charleston Harbor Stone Fleets Survey last year, Jessica gained a much better grasp and comfort level with the diving conditions off the coast of Charleston.  Jessica is a very proficient diver and has experience diving in a wide variety of capacities.  As an employee of the National Park Service in Pensacola, she learned a variety of new survey methods and refined her underwater photography skills.   In addition to her outreach experience and diving resume, the technical expertise she brings with her will be an asset for the MRD crew going into the future.

Jessica is excited about all aspects of underwater archaeology and we know she'll bring that enthusiasm to our education and outreach program.  We welcome her to the team and look forward to working with her for years to come.