Submerged resources center
The Submerged Resources Center is a unit within the United States
United States
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 National Park Service
National Park Service
The National Park Service is the U.S. federal agency that manages all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations...

. The unit is based out of Lakewood, Colorado
Lakewood, Colorado
Lakewood is a Home Rule Municipality that is the most populous city in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. Lakewood is the fifth most populous city in the State of Colorado and the 172nd most populous city in the United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that in April 1, 2010...

 in the NPS Intermountain Region headquarters.


In 1976, the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit (known as SCRU) was formed and staffed by underwater archeologists, photographers, and service divers to provide the expertise required by managers of national parks with submerged lands.
Renamed the Submerged Resources Center in 1999 to include natural resources, the core mission of the program has remained the same: to inventory and evaluate submerged resources in the National Park System and to assist other agencies, nationally and internationally, with underwater heritage resource issues.


Projects the SRC has been involved in include work on USS Arizona
USS Arizona (BB-39)
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, the shipwrecks of Isle Royale National Park
Isle Royale National Park
Isle Royale National Park is a U.S. National Park in the state of Michigan. Isle Royale, the largest island in Lake Superior, is over 45 miles in length and 9 miles wide at its widest point. The park is made of Isle Royale itself and approximately 400 smaller islands, along with any submerged...

, mapping the shipwrecks of Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park preserves Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas section of the Florida Keys. The park covers 101 mi2 , mostly water, about 68 statute miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico....

 and many, many others.
Daniel Lenihan, former Chief of the SRC, describes the founding of the unit and many of its exploits in Submerged; Adventures of America's Most Elite Underwater Archeology Team"

Current Staff

  • Chief Dr. David Conlin (who replaced Larry Murphy
    Larry Murphy
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     when he retired in 2009).
  • Noted underwater videographer
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     Brett Seymour
    Brett Seymour
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  • Underwater archeologist Matthew Russell
  • Underwater archeologist Sami Seeb
  • Underwater archeologist Andres Diaz
  • Underwater/Survey archeologist Bert Ho
  • Audio/Video production specialist Susanna Pershern
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