The Team

Ship Location

NE Pacific Ocean

Kathryn Nuss

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Science/Data Team
Graduate Student
Oregon State University

Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?

I am an archaeologist focusing on prehistoric archaeology of the Northwest coast. I use geographic information systems (GIS) to model submerged landscapes to locate areas of high archaeological interest. 

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

During my undergraduate studies, I took an archaeological recording techniques class that introduced me to mapping and GIS. This class sparked my interest in modeling landscapes to understand human behavior.  

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

My undergraduate professors were encouraging and allowed me to explore research opportunities outside of the classroom. 

What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?

The most fascinating thing about studying archaeology is getting to work with other researchers in various fields to better understand the human experience. 

What other jobs led you to your current career?

Most of my opportunities have come about through my undergraduate and graduate studies.

What are your degrees and certifications?

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology: Archaeological Science -- University of Washington 2014; Masters of Science in Applied Anthropology -- Oregon State University in progress

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. I sing in the choir and enjoy making music at every opportunity. 

What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?

It's okay to have a variety of interests take the time to explore which of these you really enjoy. Search for hands on opportunities to engage with archaeology. 

How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program? How did you get on the ship?

I was invited to join the science team by my graduate advisor since my research is directly related to his current research project.