Daria Merwin has more than 20 years of experience directing surveys and excavations on prehistoric and historic period sites in New York, with a research focus on maritime and underwater archaeology. She received her MA degree in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M University, and her PhD in Anthropology from Stony Brook University. Her dissertation fieldwork entailed scuba diving to recover submerged evidence of prehistoric Native American sites in the Hudson River and New York Harbor.
Prior to moving to the Hudson Valley, Daria taught several classes and worked as a Project Director at the former Institute for Long Island Archaeology, both at Stony Brook University. She served as a Historic Preservation Specialist at FEMA for the Irene/Lee disasters, and in 2014 she joined the Architectural Survey Unit of the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Daria is currently Co-Director of the Cultural Resource Survey Program at the New York State Museum. She meets the Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualifications in Architectural History and Archaeology.