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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 leading research expeditions, Stephanie manages media relations and community outreach for the sanctuary. In her role as an educator with NOAA, Stephanie guides 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 is on the Governing Council for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, and works to change the conversation about climate change to one of hope and action.

Since Stephanie learned to scuba dive in Alaska over twenty years ago, she has become a NOAA Scientific Diver, a certified freediver with Freediving Instructors International and a PADI Dive Instructor.

Selected publications

Co-author, Searching for Shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Oceanography Magazine

Author, Destination MPA: Thunder Bay National 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!