Mark Eddowes came to Tahiti in 1988 as a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He spent the following years studying the prehistory of Polynesia, and prospecting, mapping, and excavating sites in the archipelago. He learned French and Tahitian, the latter giving him access to numerous communities where he has worked, and enhancing his knowledge of Tahitian society past and present. Mark also began the first systematic studies of marae, or Polynesian temple architecture, which he has carried on to this day. Mark was Resident Archaeologist from 1989 to 1999 at the Musée de Tahiti et ses Iles in Tahiti, and in 2006 was honored as a National Geographic expert in the archaeology of French Polynesia and the Cook Islands. He now lives on the island of Huahine. During our cruise, he will present lectures based upon his wide interest and experience in Polynesian culture.