David Gallo, oceanographer and pioneer in ocean exploration, will deliver the Carleton College convocation speech on Friday, October 29, from 10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. at Skinner Chapel. In his presentation, titled “Underwater Astonishments”, he will discuss the relationship between humanity and the sea. Gallo is the former director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
For more than 25 years, Gallo has been at the forefront of ocean exploration, participating and witnessing the development of new technologies and important discoveries that shape our vision of planet Earth. He described by TED as “an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea
and those of us on dry land. With over 8 million views, her TED presentation “Underwater Astonishments” is one of the three most viewed TED talks to date.
Gallo took part in expeditions to all the oceans of the world and was one of the first scientists to use a combination of robots and submarines to explore the deep seabed. Most recently, he co-led an expedition to create the first detailed and comprehensive map of the RMS Titanic and he co-led the successful international effort to locate the remains of Air France.
flight 447. He is currently involved in planning an international expedition to locate and document the wreckage of Ernest Shackleton’s ship, HMS Endurance.
Gallo holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in geology from the State University of New York at Albany and a doctorate in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.
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