Academically, Maddy is fascinated by wooden ships, how they were built and how we can piece them back together from wreck material - particularly on reef environments. Maddy's PhD research explored underwater 3D photogrammetry of shipwreck sites, particularly analysing the implication of theoretical approaches to archaeological visualisation and digital realism, which continues to be a focus of her studies.
Currently, Maddy has a joint role with James Cook University and the Queensland Museum Network, based in Townsville.
2018 Doctor of Philosophy (maritime archaeology), The University of Western Australia. Supervisors: Dr Alistair Paterson, Dr Jeremy Green, Dr Andrew Woods and Mr Paul Bourke.
2012 Master of Maritime Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, South Australia.
2010 Bachelor Archaeology, Flinders University, South Australia.
2019 to current: Senior Curator, Maritime Archaeology – The Queensland Museum Network and James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. This is a joint appoint from the two institutes and my role revolves around research and management of the maritime archaeological collection and research into related maritime archaeological fields. In addition, I manage other people, work with neighbouring institutes, develop and curate exhibitions and partake in community outreach programs.
2018-2019: Maritime Archaeologist - Heritage Victoria, Department of the Environment, Land, Water and Planning. This role focuses on the management, research and legislation of the underwater cultural heritage of Victorian and Commonwealth shipwrecks. Specifically, I work with policy, research, site assessment and management, fieldwork and stakeholder engagement.
2014-2018: Research Assistant -The University of Western Australia, Department of Archaeology, 2014-current. As a Research Assistant for the ‘Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties’ ARC Linkage-Project [LP130100137, Lead CI: Paterson], my role involved fieldwork planning and logistics, safety and risk assessment, social media and website management and annual report compilation.
2014-2018: Curator/Research Assistant - Western Australian Museum, Department of Maritime Archaeology. Focus on digitising, auditing and managing the photographic archives within the department. Starting up a program for 3D image-based recording of artefacts and a digital management of the 3D data. In addition, I completed a range of reports and manuals for the department.
2015: Postgraduate Teaching Intern - The University of Western Australia, Department of Archaeology (Postgraduate Teaching Internship Scheme). The internship involved extensive development and implementation of university level teaching skills. I taught across a range of units (First year to Postgraduate level). In addition, I organised, developed and assessed topics. This included teaching tutorials, seminars, lectures, practical and undertaking curriculum development projects.
2012-2014: Assistant Curator - Western Australian Museum, Department of Maritime Archaeology. My position involved archaeological research, surveys and excavation, collections management, report writing and academic publications, communication and public outreach. A large aspect involved regular trips to dive on shipwreck sites and conduct archaeological surveys and inspections. As part of my role within the department I was involved in planning, managing and leading some of these diving expeditions.