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Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.
Maritime Landscapes and Sustainable Tourism
Nathan RichardsAssistant Professor of Maritime Studies
Department of History
Eller House, Room 103
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
My interests lie in the following areas:
I have previous experience in all of the above, most notably in the production of multi-layered cultural tourism developments within state government heritage management programs (South Australia and Tasmania). Of particular note is my experience in transforming academic research into a kayaking and small boat maritime heritage trail (the Garden Island Ships' Graveyard maritime heritage trail), and my work in facilitating the Port Elliot Maritime Heritage Trail. This model is currently being applied to a potential development for an Eagle Island Ships' Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail in Wilmington, North Carolina. I have a desire to apply similar schemes to my current archaeological research at other locations in North Carolina as well as in Bermuda and Lake Erie.
I have also served as state tutor in the AIMA/NAS training program in Tasmania and South Australia which is a part of a global initiative to educate members of the diving community the benefits of preserving and protecting submerged cultural resources for research and cultural tourism development. I also have some experience in the creation and use of museum related school outreach programs.
My research interests lie in a number of areas—archaeological theory, archaeological site significance and site formation, cultural resource management, ship construction and maritime cultural landscapes. In particular I am interested in the application of high-tech visualization tools for research and cultural tourism development—in particular the use of acoustic remote sensing and three-dimensional photogrammetric techniques for these purposes.
I am also interested in the relationship and interplay between cultural tourism development, cultural resource management and archaeological research which are often at odds with one another. Lastly, I am interested in the growing trend toward the in situ conservation of archaeological sites and the consequences (and potential) this has for sustainable cultural tourism.