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Dr. Fritz Hanselmann Bio

Frederick "Fritz" Hanselmann, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Research Faculty, Underwater Archaeologist, Diving Program Director

Frederick H. Hanselmann is faculty in the Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society and part of the Exploration Sciences Program at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami, where he directs programs in underwater archaeology and underwater exploration.  He is also a Fellow of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University.  Having worked on underwater sites from a wide variety of time periods, his exploration and research ranges from submerged prehistoric deposits in springs and caves to historic shipwrecks in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the wreck of the Quedagh Merchant, abandoned by Captain Kidd in 1699 off the coast of Hispaniola. Fritz led the first-ever archaeological survey off the mouth of the Chagres River in Panama and co-directs the RĂ­o Chagres Maritime Cultural Landscape Study as well as the Lost Ships of Henry Morgan Project.  He is also one of the principal investigators of the Monterrey Shipwreck Project in the Gulf of Mexico, the co-director of the Sunken Ships of Colombia project, and was the principal investigator of the Spring Lake Underwater Archaeology Project.  Fritz also focuses on capacity building and training for archaeologists and heritage managers in less developed countries, as well as the development of marine protected areas and underwater preserves. He is a cave and technical diver, a certified scuba instructor, a Nautical Archaeology Society Tutor, and a fellow of the Explorer's Club.