Jennifer McKinnon has a background in historical and maritime archaeology and cultural heritage management. She has worked in the US, Australia and the Pacific on sites ranging from the colonial period to WWII. Her research areas include Spanish colonial archaeology, archaeology and history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, archaeology of WWII in the Pacific (battlefield and conflict archaeology); landscape and seascape archaeology; in situ applications in underwater archaeology, community archaeology, and heritage tourism. She has published a number of book chapters and journal articles in journals including: International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Journal of Maritime Archaeology, and the Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology. She co-edited (with Vicki Richards) a book on in situ research titled In Situ Conservation of Cultural Heritage: Public, Professionals and Preservation. McKinnon is currently a Research Associate of non-profit Ships of Exploration and Discovery, Inc.
Prior to teaching at ECU, she was a Senior Lecturer in Flinders University’s Program in Maritime Archaeology in South Australia (2006-2013) and a Senior Underwater Archaeologist with Florida’s Bureau of Archaeological Research, Department of State (2004-2006).
McKinnon, J. F. 2015. Underwater Archaeology of a Pacific Battlefield The WWII Battle of Saipan. Springer Press, New York (with Toni L. Carrell).
McKinnon, J. F. 2013. Difficult Heritage: Interpreting Underwater Battlefield Sites. In D. Scott-Ireton (ed.)Meeting Challenges in the Public Interpretation of Maritime Cultural Heritage - Between the Devil and the Deep. Springer Press, New York.
McKinnon, J., D. Wesley, J. Raupp and I. Moffat. 2013. Chronological and Spatial Characteristics of the Anuru Bay Macassan Trepang Site: Using Geophysical Survey to Extend Site Knowledge. Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology.
Roberts, A., J. McKinnon, C. O’Loughlin, K. Wanganeen, L.-I. Rigney, and M. Fowler. 2013. Combining Indigenous and Maritime Archaeological Approaches: Experiences and Insights from the ‘(Re)locating Narrunga Project’, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. Journal of Maritime Archaeology 8.1:77-99.
Wesley, D., J. McKinnon and J. Raupp. 2012. Sails Set in Stone: A Technological Analysis of Non-Indigenous Watercraft Rock Art Paintings in North Western Arnhem Land. Journal of Maritime Archaeology 7.2:245-269.
Fowler, M. and J. McKinnon. 2012. Giving a Name to a Place: Identifying Shipwrecks and Exploring Local Attitudes in Port MacDonnell, South Australia. Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology 36:44-54.
McKinnon, J.F., T. Carrell, V. Richards and J. Carpenter. 2012. Management Plan for WWII Submerged Resources in Saipan. Ships of Exploration and Discovery, Corpus Christi, Texas.
McKinnon, J.F. 2012. Battle of Saipan WWII Maritime Heritage Trail Website. http://www.pacificmaritimeheritagetrail.com
McKinnon, J.F. 2011.Inclusion and Negotiation: Interpreting Underwater Battlefield Sites for the Public. Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage. Manila, Philippines.
McKinnon, J.F. and J. T. Raupp. 2011.The Potential for Research on Spanish Cultural Heritage in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage. Manila, Philippines.
McKinnon, J.F. and J. Kimura. 2011. Feasibility Study on a Pacific Underwater Cultural Heritage Capacity Building Program. Report prepared for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Office, Apia, Solomon Islands.
McKinnon J.F., and T. Carrell. 2011. Saipan WWII Invasion Beaches Underwater Heritage Trail. Ships of Exploration and Discovery Research, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Richards, V. and J. McKinnon. (eds.) 2010. In Situ Conservation of Cultural Heritage: Public, Professionals and Preservation. The PAST Foundation, Columbus, Ohio.
Ortmann, N., J. McKinnon and V. Richards. 2010. In Situ Preservation and Storage: Practitioner Attitudes and Behaviors. The Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology 34:27-44.
McKinnon, J. 2010. ;Underwater Cultural Heritage in Guam. Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Federated States of Micronesia. In Underwater Cultural Heritage in Oceania. UNESCO, Paris.
May, S., J. McKinnon, and J. Raupp. 2009. Boats on Bark: An Analysis of Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Bark Paintings Featuring Macassan Praus from the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition, Northern Territory, Australia. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 38.2: 369 - 385.
McKinnon, J. 2007. Creating a Shipwreck Trail: Documenting the 1733 Spanish Plate Fleet wrecks. In Out of the Blue; Public Interpretation of Maritime Cultural Resources. Edited by J. H. Jameson Jr. and D. Scott-Ireton. Springer Press, pp.85-94.
McKinnon, J., A. Smith, and I. Moffat. 2007. Kangaroo Island Shipwreck Shelter Huts. The Bulletin of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology 31:64-73.
McKinnon, J. and D. Scott-Ireton. 2006. Florida’s Mystery Wreck. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 35.2:187-194.
Please refer to Dr. McKinnon's academia.edu page for further publications and research.