AA Colorado native and graduate of Boulder High School, it seemed only fitting that Dave Conlin should run away to sea to dive on shipwrecks and then tell their stories to those who would listen.
After undergraduate work at Reed College, Conlin received a master’s degree from Oxford University in Aegean and underwater archeology and a PhD in anthropology from Brown University. After years of diving and research on the shipwrecks of the Aegean, he took a job as chief field archeologist for the United States Navy. While with the Navy, he helped plan and execute the recovery of the world’s first successful combat submarine, the Confederate submersible H.L. Hunley – lost off Charleston, South Carolina, in 1864.
Following the Hunley project, Conlin moved to Santa Fe to join the National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center, and he continues to dive on shipwrecks around the country and around the world. Recent projects include the search for John Paul Jones’ ship Bon Homme Richard, diving on the wreck of a B-29 Superfortress that crashed into Lake Mead during top-secret high altitude research for the U.S. Air Force, diving on the wreck of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor and assisting the government of Mozambique in the creation of national parks to preserve historic shipwrecks and sensitive ecological areas off the African coast.
When he’s not traveling, Conlin can be found hiking, mountain biking, telemark skiing and rock climbing in the mountains surrounding Santa Fe.