John Seidel, Ph.D.

  • Emeritus Director, Center for Environment & Society

John Seidel


  • B.A., Drew University, 1976
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1980
  • M.A. American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania 1981
  • Ph.D. Historical Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania, 1987

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Environmental Archaeology
  • Cultures and Environments of the Chesapeake
  • Doing Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Reconstructing Past Environments
  • Archaeology and Historic Preservation in Maryland
  • Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology
  • Ancient Myths & World Mysteries
  • Summer Field School in Archaeology
  • Summer Field Study in Bermuda

Areas Of Interest

  • environmental archaeology
  • maritime archaeology
  • historic preservation
  • natural and cultural resource management
  • remote sensing
  • GIS & computer applications in resource management
  • benthic habitat and coastal zone assessment
  • long-term climate change

Current Research Projects

Marine archaeology and natural resource surveys of the Chester River and other tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay; formulation of a predictive model and Geographic Information System (GIS) for archaeological sites on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore; long-term environmental and stabilization study of the 1748 wreck of HMS “Fowey,” Biscayne, Florida with the National Park Service’s Submerged Resource Unit; shallow water habitat assessment in the Chesapeake Bay, Fire Island National Seashore and other estuarine or coastal zones; climate change and local and regional climate protection planning.

Boards And Committees (selected)

Chestertown Historic District Commission; Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees.

Favorite Activities

SCUBA diving, boating, travel, music, reading.

Travel Destinations

Recent trips (in the last two years): Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. Where do I want to go next? The Galapagos, Antarctica, Alaska, any of the Pacific Islands, back to the Mediterranean, and so on, and so on, and so on…

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