Anna "Slim" D'Jernes is a second-year Master's student in the Maritime Studies program. She is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and grew up just outside of Raleigh in the heart of state. Anna’s love of colorful leaves and cool weather led her to Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. There she earned her Bachelor's degrees in English and Women’s Studies, while hiking, skiing, climbing, canoeing, and exploring as much as possible. Following the completion of her undergraduate degrees at Appalachian State, Anna began her studies at ECU in 2016. Anna plans to combine her interests in maritime history and gender theory to research constructions of gender, identity, and sexuality in seafaring communities and their subsequent imprint on the surviving historical and archaeological record. Her other research interests include cultural resource management, North Carolina's history, material culture, conservation studies, arctic exploration, and confinement archaeology.