Well known to e.g. from their many Woods Hole expeditionary reports, Dave & Bill are among the most visible, active and enthusiastic oceanographers in the world. David Gallo is ...read more
Well known to e.g. from their many Woods Hole expeditionary reports, Dave & Bill are among the most visible, active and enthusiastic oceanographers in the world. David Gallo is Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He received a B.Sc and M. Sc. degree in geological science from the State University of New York at Albany and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. In 1987 he was invited by Dr. Robert Ballard (discoverer of the wreck of RMS Titanic) to join his team at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as the Assistant Director of the Center for Marine Exploration. In his present role, David works closely with scientists and engineers at the forefront of global exploration and discovery. He has participated in numerous expeditions to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, and to the Mediterranean Sea. He was one of the first oceanographers to use a combination of submarines and robots to map the undersea world. He was co-leader of an exploration of RMS Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck using the Russian MIR submarines and a participant in a recent expedition to find the lost WWII submarine USS Grunion. In addition to ocean exploration, he is currently interested in understanding the relationship between humanity and the sea. He was closely involved in the formulation and development of the Liquid Jungle Laboratory of Panama, a private venture designed to better understand the interaction between people, tropical forests, and coastal marine habitats. David is passionate about exploration and discovery and dedicated to communicating the importance of science and engineering to the public-at-large. He was involved in the formulation of the JASON Project and is an avid supporter of the FIRST Robotics Competition and the National Underwater Robotics Challenge. He has been called “an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land”.