Dr Pearce Paul Creasman holds a number of positions with the University of Arizona: Director of the University's Egyptian Expedition; Assistant Research Professor of Dendrochronology; Curator of the Laboratory of the University's Tree Ring Research collection; and assistant editor of the publication Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections. He is also president and founder of the Institute for Maritime Research and Discovery. He currently serves as President of ARCE/Arizona Chapter. He obtained his Ph.D. in Nautical Archeology/Anthropology at Texas A& M University. He has an avid interest in underwater exploration and is a leading researcher on the timber of ships and shipwrecks in an effort to better understand the relationship between the ancient Egyptian people and their culture/environment.