To create a truly bold, unique, and proactive company requires professionals with a dedication and passion for the ocean, for the environment, and for people around the world. The Seadog Travels Team has experience in business, travel, science, and non-profit communities that gives us the skills, insights, and vision to accomplish our vision and mission. Read about our team below.
Paul S. Hardersen, Ph.D.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Certified Travel Associate
Rebecca Simon, Ph.D.
Pirate Historian & Travel Host
Paul S. Hardersen, Ph.D. Dr. Hardersen has a wide-range of experience in travel, start-up business, scientific research, and college-level teaching. Dr. Hardersen honorably served in the U.S. Navy (1983-1988), earned undergraduate degrees at Iowa State University, and graduate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition, he was awarded a university-wide professional/graduate teaching award in 2013 by the University of North Dakota and was also honored by having an asteroid named after him (8140 Hardersen) by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
Dr. Hardersen currently serves as a Certified Travel Associate (CTA) with The Travel Institute and has travel agency accreditation through CCRA. He has earned various travel-related certifications including a recent August 2022 certification with The Travel Institute as a Certified Niche Specialist for Honeymoons and Destination Weddings. Business experience includes successfully completing a Newchip crowdfunding accelerator program in 2019; he is currently active in the Startup Tucson business community.
Hardersen is also a contributing author to a new book, The Art of Connection, that is now available. Currently, efforts focus on developing Seadog Travels into a disruptive, differentiable, and successful travel business. Learn more about Dr. Hardersen and his vision for travel in this article from VoyagePhoenix, published October 2022.
Rebecca Simon, Ph.D. Dr. Rebecca Simon, a Los Angeles native, has a Ph.D. in the history of 18th-century piracy from King’s College London. Her first book, Why We Love Pirates: The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever was published in 2020 and is currently working on two book projects about the female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read and life on the pirate ship. An article, “The Revenge of Anne [Bonny] and Mary [Read]” published by Truly*Adventurous, was optioned by ABC studios.
Dr. Simon has been featured on Netflix’s docu-drama The Lost Pirate Kingdom, History Channel’s Beyond Oak Island and The Curse of Oak Island, and BBC4’s Britain’s Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates, and Rogues. You can find her discussing her research on piracy on podcasts such as History Extra, History Hit, You’re Dead to Me, and Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness among others. In addition to her historical work, Dr. Simon has several years of experience as a film-location/history tour guide with Brit Movie Tours in London.