Elaine joined the department in June 2018 and her love of the sea is the thing that has driven her varied career so far. Her background is in Mediterranean maritime archaeology and underwater excavation. She gained her BA (Hons) and MA (Res) degrees from the University of Malta and worked as a freelance archaeologist in the Maltese islands for six years. She joined NERC’s National Facility for Scientific Diving in 2008. Her publication record reflects her different interests and includes topics ranging from ancient anchors to using dive computers for oceanographic sampling to managing diving in remote locations. Her main research interest is how people perceive and interact with the sea and she is currently working on the H2020 project PERICLES: Preserving and sustainably governing cultural heritage and landscapes in European coastal and maritime regions.