Calvin Mires is the staff archaeologist for the Program in Maritime Studies. He has participated in research projects in Israel, Bermuda, Hawaii, Montana, Great Lakes, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He teaches ECU's small boat operator course and the occasional SCUBA diving class. He earned his BA in Latin and Classical Civilizations from the University of Montana in 1998, and his MA in Maritime Studies from ECU in 2005. He is currently working on his PhD in Coastal Resources Management. His dissertation is focused on understanding how the public perceives and values underwater cultural heritage through combined qualitative and quantitative methodologies borrowed from the fields of archaeology, economics, cultural geography, and recreation and leisure studies. Other research interests include maritime archaeological theory and methodology, maritime heritage, public outreach, and late 19th/early 20th century small watercraft.