Anna Gebruk

Anna Gebruk

Head of International Collaboration, LMSU Marine Research Center | PhD candidate, University of Edinburgh

Anna Gebruk is a marine ecologist with expertise in benthic ecosystems, invasive species, microplastic pollution, and marine protected areas, currently finishing PhD in the Changing Oceans Group, University of Edinburgh.

Anna is an invertebrate zoologist by training, graduated with BSc in biology from Moscow State University  in 2016. Anna then completed a masters’ degree in Marine Systems and Policies and started a PhD looking at benthic biodiversity and conservation in the Russian Arctic.

Anna is passionate about conservation of marine biodiversity and habitats and believes in informed science-based decision-making as the way forward towards achieving sustainable development goals. Working at the science-policy interface for 5 years Anna has a strong record of leading wide range of projects from environmental monitoring to habitat mapping, as well as enhancing research cooperation through organisation of international conferences and networking events, alongside diverse experience in participating in and facilitating sea-going expeditions including the latest cruise in the legendary RV Akademic Mstislav Keldysh (AMK-78) to study ecosystems of methane seeps in the Russian Arctic where Anna was a head of biological unit.

Anna currently holds the following roles – Head of international collaboration of the Lomonosov Moscow State University Marine Research Center; President of the UK Polar Network; early career representative in the Artic Task Force of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for sustainable development.


Morgan Breene

Morgan Breene

PhD candidate in Global and Imperial History at the University of Oxford

Morgan is a doctoral candidate in Global and Imperial History at the University of Oxford. She has worked with the Oceangate Titanic team since January 2018, preparing historical background material for the expedition. She has also worked on Oceangate-funded projects in Akko and Caesarea, Israel, since 2013. Morgan completed her undergraduate in history and anthropology at the University of Rhode Island in 2014. In 2015, Morgan was awarded the Marshall Scholarship, the most highly competitive scholarship for American graduates for study in the United Kingdom. Morgan completed two masters’ degrees as a Marshall, the first in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton, and the second in European History at University College London. Morgan’s current research is centered around the role of boats and other local technologies in the daily administration of the British empire in India, but she is also interested in the portrayal of femininity at sea, humanity’s changing relationship with coastlines, and the display of the sea in museum collections.

FEATURED EXPEDITION

Rescue excavation of a 1,600-year-old Roman merchantman

After winter storms scoured away sand from around the ancient harbor of Caesarea Maritima, Israel, local scuba divers came across the remnants of an ancient Roman merchant ship.

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Murray Roberts

Dr. Murray Roberts

Professor of Applied Marine Biology & Ecology at The University of Edinburgh

Murray Roberts is full professor at the University of Edinburgh. He leads the Changing Oceans research group and co-ordinates the European ATLAS 2016-20 and iAtlantic 2019-23 projects.

Murray Roberts is Professor of Applied Marine Biology & Ecology in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh and co-ordinator of the European ATLAS and iAtlantic projects. Before this he was Professor of Marine Biology and Director of the Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University. He studied Biology at the University of York before a PhD at the University of Glasgow examining nitrogen cycling in the Anemonia viridis symbiosis. Since 1997 his work on deep-sea ecosystems has taken him to sites off the UK, Norway, Ireland and the SE United States. Murray is senior author of the ‘Cold-water Corals’ (Cambridge University Press), a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report and co-lead editor of a 2014 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report on ocean acidification. He is Adjunct Faculty at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he was a Marie Curie Fellow 2007-09. From 2012-15 he co-ordinated Heriot-Watt University’s role in the Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology. The Lyell Centre is a collaboration with the British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt University that opened in 2016. He has led or participated in 23 offshore research cruises.

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Lea-Anne Henry

Dr. Lea-Anne Henry

Chancellor’s Fellow at University of Edinburgh

I am a marine ecologist interested in sustainable marine development in an era of climate change and challenges posed by other drivers. My core work looks at:

  • principles of sustainable development, particularly in the deep and open ocean
  • drivers of ecosystem change over space and time, captured by different stakeholders
  • improving dialogues across the industry-policy-science interface

Co-PI, “iAtlantic” – Integrated Assessment of Atlantic Marine Ecosystems in Space and Time (2019-2023, €10.2M): iAtlantic assesses health of deep and open-ocean Atlantic ecosystems. It scales and standardises measurements from different disciplines so ecosystem status can be assessed against multiple stressors and global change. It will predict where and when synergistic effects of global change and multiple stressors occur, and what implications these will have for society, economy and ocean health. iAtlantic focuses on 12 key areas of the ocean, using innovative approaches to upscale observations to address basin scale issues. Over 30 expeditions will study ecosystems most at risk of change. iAtlantic also builds human and technical capacities by creating iAtlantic Fellows through a capacity building programme including hands-on work at sea, technology transfer, analytical techniques and data interpretation training and a mentoring programme.

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Koby Sharvit

Jacob (Koby) Sharvit

IAA Maritime Unit Director

Born in Israel, Jacob (Koby) Sharvit studied at The Fredy & Nadine Herrmann Institute of Earth Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, earning a Bachelor of Science in Archeology and Geography. He then went on to earn a Masters in Archaeology and Geography at the Department of Maritime Civilizations at Haifa University.

Koby began working as an underwater archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in 1990. In 2005, he became the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Unit (UAU). He specializes in maritime archaeology, with a special interest in shipwrecks, harbors, ancient seaborne trade routes and economy in the Eastern Mediterranean, and deep-sea remote sensing surveys.

Over the last 30 years, Koby has participated in many land and underwater archaeological projects and surveys in Israel. Between 2000 and 2002, he was a member of the UNESCO Israeli delegation for the “convention for the protection of the underwater cultural heritage” and took part in many other UNESCO, EU, and Blue Med Economy projects including Byzantion, EastMed’s project focusing on Eastern Mediterranean Sea Research, and DiveSafe EASME. He has also participated in numerous national and international conferences, meetings, and symposia focused on underwater archaeology, management, and monitoring including TROPIS, Theracia-Pontica, ASOR, and AIA. Finally, Koby has published many scientific articles and reports and his work has been featured in museum exhibitions.

In his personal time, Koby is always near water. He’s a commercial diver fluent in closed-circuit rebreathers (CCRs) and trimix diving. He’s also a yacht/boat skipper.

FEATURED EXPEDITION

New light on King Herod’s Harbor at Caesarea Maritima

Beginning in 2014, the Israel Antiquities Authority initiated an ambitious digital archaeology project to create a high-resolution 3D map of the submerged ancient port of Caesarea Maritima, Israel.

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Bridget Buxton

Dr. Bridget Buxton

Associate Professor of Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology

Dr. Bridget Buxton is an underwater archaeologist and historian based at the University of Rhode Island, and an archaeological advisor to Oceangate Foundation. Bridget grew up in New Zealand and completed her PhD at Berkeley as a Fulbright scholar in ancient history and Mediterranean archaeology. She specializes in classical underwater archaeology, and has been at the forefront of introducing new robotic technologies to underwater research. She has worked on and co-directed archaeological expeditions all over the world, including the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Black Sea, and the South Pacific, discovering dozens of historic shipwrecks. Her recent projects with the Israeli Antiquities Authority have yielded new discoveries at the historic ports of Akko and Caesarea, and the excavation of two major ancient treasure wrecks. She has twice been awarded the Archaeological Institute of America’s prestigious McCann-Taggart lectureship in underwater archaeology, and frequently speaks on the luxury cruise circuit. In addition to Oceangate’s Titanic and Atlantic expeditions, she is planning future archaeological adventures in Israel, Croatia, Portugal, and the Indian Ocean.

FEATURED EXPEDITION

Rescue excavation of a 1,600-year-old Roman merchantman

After winter storms scoured away sand from around the ancient harbor of Caesarea Maritima, Israel, local scuba divers came across the remnants of an ancient Roman merchant ship.

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