Ben Ford is an Associate Professor specializing in maritime and historical archaeology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he is faculty in the Masters of Applied Archaeology Program. His Ph.D. from Texas A&M University was preceded by several years of cultural resource management experience and degrees from the College of William and Mary and the University of Cincinnati. He has edited the Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology and The Archaeology of Maritime Landscapes, and is the editor of the Society for Historical Archaeology Technical Briefs Series, as well as serving on the editorial board of North American Archaeologist. He was the 2015 Archaeological Institute of America McCann-Taggart Underwater Archaeology Lecturer. He is currently authoring a maritime archaeology textbook with Jessi Halligan and Alexis Catsambis, and will soon publish a monograph exploring the maritime cultural landscape of Lake Ontario. His current research focuses on Historic Hanna’s Town, a Revolutionary War era town in Pennsylvania, and the maritime cultural landscapes of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.
Fernando Tuya is a lecturer at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. The motivation of his research is driven by the necessity of searching for models that explain patterns in the organization of benthic marine assemblages through ecosystems across different scales of space, time and taxonomy. His current research focuses on the effect of enviromental stressors over 'ecosystems engineers', seagrasses and macroalgae in particular. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, including top journals such as Science, Nature and Ecology Letters. Dr. Tuya is an outdoors enthusiast that love the ocean and whatever a man can do in the ocean.