The oceans hold the clues to our past and are the key to our future, yet they remain mostly unexplored and poorly understood. For more than 35 years, David Gallo has dedicated his life to changing that.

“An enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land,” Gallo is at the forefront of ocean exploration. An American oceanographer and director of special projects at the world renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, he has witnessed – and taken part in – the birth and evolution of numerous new technologies and scientific discoveries that have shaped our view of life on earth.

Gallo has participated in expeditions to all of the world’s oceans, and was one of the first scientists to use a combination of robots and submarines to explore the deep seafloor. Most recently, he co-led an expedition to create the first detailed, comprehensive map of the Titanic, and also co-led the successful multi-national effort to locate the wreckage of Air France flight 447. Gallo is currently involved in planning an international Antarctic expedition to locate and document the wreckage of HMS Endurance, the ship of famed explorer Ernest Shackleton.

A passionate and popular speaker, Gallo is committed to conveying the excitement and importance of ocean exploration. He has given more than 15 TED and TEDx presentations – his “Underwater Astonishments” talk is a TED “all star,” ranked among the platform’s top five most watched presentations with more than eight million views – and has appeared in numerous documentaries with the Discovery Channel, History Channel and National Geographic and featured on a wide-range of news programs, including the Weather Channel, PBS, MSNBC and the Today Show.

Gallo is also active in exposing young minds to the excitement and importance of exploring the ocean world; he is a member of the First Lego League Global Advisory Team, a participant in the Aspen Challenge (with the Aspen Institute and Bezos Family Foundation), and a proud member of the Nifty Fifty Scientists and Engineers.

The co-recipient of a Computerworld-Smithsonian Award, Gallo is also an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a National Fellow of The Explorers Club, a recent recipient of the Lotus Club Distinguished Achievement Award in Science and a member of Tory Burch’s Sloan Kettering A-Team. He holds degrees in geology from the State University of New York at Albany and has a PhD in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.

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Deep Sea – Deep Secrets: The Magic and Mystery of the World Beneath the Sea The oceans cover more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface. They are vast, deep, eternally dark and perpetually cold. Throughout history they have been shrouded by myth and mystery. To date, only five percent of the undersea has been […]