David Gallo

David Gallo

Oceanographer and former Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Deep Sea – Deep Secrets: Exploring and Understanding the World Beneath the Sea
Underwater lakes, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, valleys, volcanoes, and earthquakes and life that rivals the tropical rainforests…..this presentation will expose the audience to some of the most startling discoveries made in the global oceans. Nearly every expedition into the deep returns with discoveries that are often surprising, sometimes startling, and on occasion revolutionary. The audience will also be exposed to the importance of understanding the relationship between humanity and the sea.

Beyond Titanic – What’s Left to be Discovered in the Deep Sea
The oceans hold the clues to our past and the keys to our future. Despite this fact they remain mostly unexplored and poorly understood. We have only explored about 5 percent of the ocean realm and yet we have made discoveries that change the way we think of life on this, and other planets. What’s in the other 95%? Were we lucky enough to find all of the great discoveries in the few percent we explored or is the ocean full of surprises?

Exploring RMS Titanic – A Modern Day Myth
2010 marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic. The wreck of Titanic lies 300 miles south of St John Newfoundland. With the proliferation of new tools for ocean exploration, it’s never been easier to access the wreck site and to remove artifacts from the seafloor or from the ship itself. This presentation discusses the effort to map the entire Titanic wreck site, to inventory the thousands of artifacts in and around the ship, and the effort to preserve the legacy of Titanic for posterity.

The Search for Air France 447
In the dark of night on June 1 2009, Air France flight 447 fell from the sky. The last known position of the flight was somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean between South America and Africa. This presentation will introduce the audience to challenges of locating and examining an aircraft in deep water.

Origins, Evolution, Destiny: Humanity and the Sea
Throughout history the oceans have been both pathways and obstacles to human evolution and development. This presentation introduces the audience to what we know, what we don’t know, and what we need to know about the oceans role in shaping the rise and fall of civilizations and the shaping of humanity.

Why book David?

  • A pioneer in ocean exploration, David Gallo is an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land.
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    David Gallo is an American oceanographer and explorer. He is currently Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at the Center for Climate and Life of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Previously he was Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - a preeminent, globally recognized scientific laboratory.
    For more than 30 years,David has been at the forefront of ocean exploration, participating in and being witness to the development of new technologies and scientific discoveries that shape our view of planet earth. He has been described by TED Conferences as “an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land.” With more than 12 million views his TED presentation “Underwater Astonishments” has been among the top 10 viewed TED Talks.

    David received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in geology from the State University of New York at Albany and a PhD in oceanography from 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.

    David 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 and comprehensive map of the RMS Titanic. He also co-led the successful U.S. effort to locate the wreck site of Air France flight 447 and is presently involved in the search for missing Malaysia Air flight 370.

    Dr. Gallo remains active in encouraging the development of new technologies for ocean exploration. He is a member of James Cameron’s Deep Ocean Task Force and a member of the XPrize Ocean Advisory Board. He is dedicated to exposing young minds to the excitement and importance of exploring the ocean world around us. 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 is a proud member of the United States Nifty Fifty Scientists and Engineers.

    David is becoming increasingly outspoken about the relationship between humanity and the sea. He feels strongly that instead of taking the oceans for granted we need to recognize the oceans critical role in providing the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. At the same time, Dr. Gallo feels that human activity has impacted the ocean on a global scale and with significant consequences. The oceans hold the clues to our past and the key to our future yet they remain mostly unexplored and poorly understood.

    Dr. Gallo is personally committed to conveying the excitement and importance of ocean exploration to the public-at-large. He has lectured internationally to audiences ranging from children to CEO’s with the goal of awakening the little bit of Jacques Cousteau and Jules Vernes that resides in each of us. He has given 8 TED and more than 15 TEDx presentations and has appeared in numerous documentaries (Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic). He has also been featured on numerous televised news programs (Weather Channel , PBS Need to Know, MSNBC Ed Show, NBC Today show, and Face the Nation). He is currently a CNN Ocean Analyst and is regularly featured on Anderson Cooper 360 and New Day.

    During July 2014 he was invited by the Court of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to be the featured guest and speaker at the Ramadan Majlis.

    In recognition of his role in exploration and communications David is a 2014 recipient of the Explorer’s Club Lowell Thomas medal. He is a co-recipient of a Computerworld-Smithsonian.

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    "It was an absolute pleasure having David here. He is a fabulous speaker in addition to being a lovely man. The audience LOVED it! Thanks for all your help.”
    --Natural History Museum of Utah