Special Projects Coordinator
Dominique Rissolo is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3) at UCSD and directs the National Geographic Society Waitt Foundation (NGS/Waitt) Grants Program and the Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program on behalf of the Waitt Foundation. Dominique oversaw the acquisition and management of a deep submergence capability for the Waitt Institute, in partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and worked closely with agencies and universities to plan and execute oceanographic survey and research projects using AUV, ROV, HOV, R/V platforms. As an archaeologist, Dominique’s research interests include the development of ancient maritime trade networks along the Yucatan coast. His work on the Yucatan Peninsula has also focused on ancient Maya and Paleoamerican cave and cenote use as well as coastal and near-coastal settlement patterns and ecosystems. Throughout his fieldwork, Dominique has been active in local indigenous issues and the development of sustainable cultural heritage preservation strategies. Dominique is a research associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and an adjunct professor at San Diego State University (Department of Anthropology) and McMaster University (School of Geography and Earth Sciences). Dominique also serves on the NOAA Ocean Exploration Advisory Board.