Oceanographer and Director of Special Projects, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
David Gallo is an oceanographer and director of special projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He started at Woods Hole in 1987 as assistant director of the Center for Marine Exploration and has since participated in expeditions to all of the world’s oceans. He was one of the first scientists to combine robots and submarines to explore the deep seafloor. He is currently involved in the search for missing Malaysia Air flight 370. His TED presentation “Underwater Astonishments” has attracted 11 million views, placing it among the top ten. He is a member of James Cameron’s Deep Ocean Task Force and a 2014 recipient of the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas medal.