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Elaina O'Brien

GEBCO Scholar - Iceland
Office 160

Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center
Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab
24 Colovos Road
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

603.862.4425 (tel)
603.862.0839 (fax)

Elaina graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications from the National University of Ireland Galway, and a Master's in Coastal and Marine Management from The University of Akureyri, Iceland. Her background is in environmental assessments of Arctic marine regions, habitat mapping and underwater archeology. Her interest in mapping the Arctic was piqued when she participated in a habitat mapping project with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, while conducting a contamination assessment on marine sediments and also mapping the Godthåbsfjord at large. Her studies in the Arctic lead her to join ocean mapping projects in Greenland and Iceland. Before coming to UNH as a GEBCO scholar, Elaina worked with the University of Iceland in a maritime archeology project, mapping remote fjords cataloging various known and unknown shipwrecks. Elaina is pursuing a postgraduate certificate in Ocean Mapping to gain a deeper understanding in hydrographic surveying so she can continue to work with underwater archeological sites in Iceland and mapping projects in the Arctic.

She is also the editorial coordinator for The Arctic Youth Network, as well as a freedive instructor and enjoys hosting swimming and environmental awareness classes for children when she has the time.