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Stephanie Gandulla

Stephanie Gandulla

Maritime Archeologist & Media Coordinator

Citizenship: American
Alpena, Michigan

Stephanie is a maritime archeologist with NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the only freshwater marine sanctuary in the United States.
Growing up in southwestern Montana, Stephanie has always loved the outdoors, whether underwater or in the mountains. Prior to her training as a maritime archaeologist, she worked as a freelance writer and photographer, a newspaper columnist, and as a member of the exhibits team at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.

becky-bio-shot-still-camera-sharksShe has been a member of archaeological expeditions and research in the Great Lakes, Sweden, Jamaica, American Samoa, and throughout the southeastern United States. These projects have ranged from seventeenth-century European shipboard life to Civil War shipbuilding and armament. Stephanie currently resides in Alpena, Michigan…otherwise known as Shipwreck Alley.

In addition to participating in research expeditions, Stephanie manages media relations and community outreach for the sanctuary. In her role as an educator with NOAA, Stephanie leads students of all ages in programs involving marine technology, marine debris, and of course, maritime heritage. Utilizing ROVs (remotely operated vehicles), she helps bring science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to life for students. Partnering with local high school students, she has coordinated efforts to launch a grassroots campaign focused on plastic pollution awareness and prevention.
As the Director of the Thunder Bay International Film Festival Stephanie has committed herself to communicating important ocean and Great Lakes issues to new audiences. She has recently been accepted to the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, and will be undertaking innovative training that she hopes to bring to the expedition and help change the conversation about climate change.

In conjunction with Woods Hole, she has participated in several projects with the National Park Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Her projects include documenting famous ship wrecks such as the USS Monitor, the U-869 and the 2010 Titanic Expedition. Becky has also participated in NOAA’s Battle of the Atlantic Expedition and Project Shiphunt, documenting virgin wrecks in Lake Huron.

Since Stephanie learned to SCUBA dive in Alaska nearly twenty years ago, she has become a NOAA Scientific Diver, a certified freediver with Freediving Instructors International and is currently completing her PADI Dive Master certification.
Stephanie is inspired by our planet’s waters. As a maritime archaeologist, she is particularly interested in the history of the world’s coastal communities and how they developed and exist alongside the ocean. She looks forward to making these connections between people and place on the Sedna Epic Expedition!

Selected publications

Author, Destination MPA: Thunder Bay Natinoal Marine Sanctuary, SevenSeas

Author, History Above & Below the Waves, Alert Diver

Exhibit Editor, Breaking the Candace-the 300 Spear Street Project

Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Author, “Portraying Artifacts: an Alternative to Traditional Inking” Museum of Underwater Archaeology,

Author, “Sail Montana’s Great Lakes” Distinctly Montana,

Live Dive from Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary!

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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary


Email Stephanie: stephanie@sednaepic.com