Jay Haigler


Jay Haigler

Diving With a Purpose

About Me:

I am a founding board member and lead instructor of Diving With a Purpose. Diving With a Purpose (DWP) is a leading international organization that provides education and training programs, mission leadership, and project support services for submerged cultural heritage preservation and conservation projects worldwide with a focus on African Diaspora. As a board member, I provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. As a lead instructor, I provide direct training, certification and filed experience to adults and youth in the fields of maritime archaeology and ocean conservation. I am the principal investigator for a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) mission to search, identify, and recover World War II soldiers and aircraft missing in action in the coastal waters of France. I engage my passion for science communication through authoring and co-authoring academic journals, mass media, and digital publications. I have worked with National Geographic Magazine, the Public Broadcast System, and CBS ’60 Minutes’ News organizations. I am a guest lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of California San Diego’s (UCSD) Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology. I serve as a board member of several organizations including the American Anthropological Association (AAA) – Archaeology Division, American Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA), American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), Society of Black Archaeologists (SBA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary’s Advisory Council.

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