SEA Currents: News
December 11, 2018
In the Path of Pirates! 2019 Elsaesser Fellow to Research Gulf Coast
Jonathan Harris, C-112, is the winner of the 2019 Armin E. Elsaesser III Fellowship. Jonathan, a geologist and former SEA crewmember, is an education and outreach coordinator at Mississippi State University. Harris was selected from a field of 13 applicants.
Jonathan plans a sailing and hiking expedition to explore the Gulf Coast from New Orleans, LA to Cedar Key, FL. His goal is to document the fortifications, lighthouses, and other historical structures of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Jonathan is very familiar with the region, as he visits frequently to conduct scientific work. The Fellowship will allow him to shift his focus to the region’s rich maritime history, much of which is scarcely documented.
The title of the project is “Pirates, Blockades and Commerce: an expedition to explore the maritime history, fortifications, and lighthouses of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.” Jonathan will produce a large format publication of his research, with high resolution photographs and text, as well as supporting digital media and a documentary video. He also intends to actively blog during the expedition.
Congratulations Jonathan! We look forward to following your progress!