Dr. Jessica Cook Hale is a marine geoarchaeologist who holds an MS in Geology, and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. U.S.A. Her research synthesizes geological methods alongside anthropological and archaeological theory to examine submerged landscapes, particularly those in formerly coastal settings. She has worked on terminal Pleistocene to the middle Holocene submerged landscapes along the U.S. East Coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico since 2005.
Her research questions generally focus on coastal population dynamics of foragers, their reactions to sea level rise and climate change, and site formation processes in submerged sites. Her past and present research employs marine geophysical methods alongside marine geoarchaeological approaches and includes scientific diving and submerged landscapes excavations as well as remote sensing approaches.