James P. “Jim” Delgado is a maritime archaeologist specializing in the 19th and 20th centuries; his eclectic research emphasizes maritime borders, be they physical, technological or even the frontier of maritime history itself. In his 43-year career, he has worked around the world on shipwrecks and maritime sites throughout the Americas, in the Arctic, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia and Europe. His consistent passion has been the California Gold Rush and its maritime implications. Delgado has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Rhode Island, in the Graduate School of Oceanography, and
is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. In addition to his academic credentials, he is dedicated to public outreach and education, most importantly conservation and preservation of historic sites. Jim frequently appears in documentaries and hosted the National Geographic’s The Sea Hunters series. He is currently the senior advisor, and often appears in National Geographic’s series Drain the Oceans.