David S. Robinson, M.A., R.P.A., is a marine archaeologist and scientific diver at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (URI-GSO) and President & CEO of David S. Robinson & Associates, Inc. (DSRA), a Jamestown, Rhode Island-based submerged cultural resource management firm. David specializes in multi-disciplinary marine archaeological investigations of submerged shipwrecks, coastal infrastructure, and ancient cultural sites submerged by sea level rise, in hazardous and non-hazardous marine environments.
He has over 27 years of experience in marine archaeology and submerged cultural resource management, and has worked extensively with federal and state agencies, Tribes, industry, and academia in the U.S. and abroad. David served as the principal investigator/project marine archaeologist on the Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System Projects, and is co-principal investigator on the multi-year “Submerged Paleocultural Landscapes Project” funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The Paleocultural Landscapes Project is developing new research techniques and recommendations for “best practice” protocols for identifying and protecting ancient submerged cultural sites.
David is an undergraduate alumnus of the URI where he majored in anthropology and art. He holds a master’s degree in anthropology/nautical archaeology from Texas A&M University, and is completing a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Connecticut, where his research is focused on marine spatial planning and submerged cultural landscapes.