Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:59am

David Gallo, special projects director at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will present “Deep Sea, Deep Secrets: Exploring the Fascinating World Beneath the Sea” at 7 p.m. on April 23 in the Scharmann Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

The presentation, free and open to the public, is part of JCC's Celebration of Science speakers series.

For the past 25 years Dr. Gallo has been at the forefront of ocean exploration. He has participated in expeditions to each of the world's oceans and was one of the first scientists to use a combination of robots and submarines to create detailed maps of deep sea mountain ranges.

Recently, Dr. Gallo was co-expedition leader on a mapping mission to RMS Titanic and co-leader of the successful search for the missing aircraft, Air France 447.

He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in geology at SUNY Albany and a doctorate degree in oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. In 1987 he joined Robert Ballard's team at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as assistant director of the Center for Marine Exploration.

Dr. Gallo has been directly involved in the development of new undersea technologies and is an outspoken advocate for breaking down the artificial barriers to science communications between classrooms, living rooms, and corporate board rooms. He was instrumental in development of the JASON Project and is involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

In recognition of his role in exploration and communications, Dr. Gallo is the co-recipient of a Computerworld-Smithsonian Award. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and The Explorers Club. He is a member of the XPrize Deep Ocean Advisory Board, the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X-Challenge Board, and James Cameron's Deep Ocean Task Force.

Dr. Gallo is passionate about exploring planet earth and about the relationship between humanity and the sea. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally and has done 10 TED and TEDx presentations. In addition, he has participated in numerous documentaries and news programs including CNN's “Larry King Live,” “Bloomberg TV,” and the PBS program “Need to Know.” He was recently featured in the History Channel television series, “Underwater Universe.”



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