Karin Murray-Bergquist is a folklore PhD student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, focusing on nautical folklore and ghost ship legends around the province, as well as interactions between the natural and the supernatural, particularly with regard to fantastical geographies. The most recent iteration of her research is a digital map of these legends which is an ongoing project. Previously, Karin studied social anthropology at Dalhousie University, and obtained an MA in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies at the University of Iceland, with a focus on the role of sea mammals in medieval literature.
A writer, actor, stained glass and watercolor artist, and SCUBA diver, Karin's interests tend to be eclectic. The endeavors in which she is currently engaged include an ocean history and folklore podcast, The Deeps, as well as Terra Precognita, a map of original poems.