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Karson Winslow

Karson has been working on the water for the last 15 years. A San Francisco native, she holds a 100-ton USCG captains license and PADI Divemaster. Karson attended UC Santa Cruz and received a bachelor's degree in Anthropology, focusing on Archaeology. She followed up her degree with Archaeological Field School training from Cabrillo College. After college, Karson spent a summer as a Natural History interpreter intern for the Friends of the Eagle River Nature Center, a non-profit partnering with the Chugach State Park in Alaska. Karson combined her passion for the ocean and fascination for material culture and continued her studies to acquire a degree in Maritime Archaeology from Flinders University in South Australia. Karson worked as a field archaeologist in areas like the US Virgin Islands of the Caribbean, the high desert of Northern California and St Augustine, Florida, the oldest European port in the United States. She has worked as a shipwreck monitor, diver and has published her work in Archaeological journals.

The ocean has taken her to some of the most beautiful places on the planet. She has been fortunate to participate in a wide variety of Maritime activities and visit corners of the globe. Some of her favorites have been Cetacean Surveys off the Mariana Trench, racing in Bermuda for the 2017 America's Cup, circumnavigating the globe over 16 months with the World Are, exploring Tanna and the volcano in Vanuatu, swimming with hammerheads in Hawaii, and hiking the Iditarod National Historic Trail outside of Eagle River, Alaska. Karson now calls Kona, Hawaii home where she is also a volunteer for the Ke Kai Ola Marine Mammal Center and participates in outreach and protection for the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals. An avid sailor, Karson and her partner have a Valiant 40 sailboat that they keep in French Polynesia.