Lindsey Thomas earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Underwater Archaeology from the Honor’s Program at the University of Georgia. In 2005, she received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, which allowed her to intern at the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii. Lindsey wrote her Honors Thesis on archaeological site formation process that effect wooden shipwrecks in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
Upon graduation from UGA in 2007, she completed a NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory fellowship at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, where she assisted with archaeological field work and education and outreach activities. Lindsey then moved to Newport News, Virginia to work at the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary/Mariners Museum.
She entered the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University in 2008 and began working in the Ship Reconstruction Laboratory with Filipe Castro in 2009. Lindsey’s thesis work explores the A.J. Goddard, a Klondike Gold Rush era stern-wheeler lost in 1901 in the Yukon Territory. She directed the 2010 field season at the A.J. Goddard site on Lake Laberge, which was funded in part by ProMare. She has also conducted research on the North-West Mounted Police sternwheeler Vidette, in Lake Laberge, focusing on the site formation processes that have affected the sternwheeler in the subarctic lake.
Her research interests include 19th century seafaring and technology, medieval seafaring and exploration, and shipwreck site formation processes in dynamic tropical and arctic environments. As a result of her work with NOAA, she is particularly interested in maritime heritage education and the protection of historic resources.