Oceanographer David Gallo to deliver Carleton convocation
David Gallo, an oceanographer and pioneer of ocean exploration, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, October 29.
David Gallo, an oceanographer and pioneer of ocean exploration, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, October 29, from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in 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 in and being witness to the development of new technologies and significant discoveries that shape our view of planet earth. He has described by TED as “an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea
and those of us on dry land.” With more than 8 million views, his TED presentation “Underwater Astonishments” is among the top three TED Talks viewed to date.
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 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 presently involved in planning an international expedition to locate and document the wreckage of Ernest Shackleton’s ship, HMS Endurance.
Gallo received his BS and MS in geology from the State University of New York at Albany and his PhD in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.
Carleton convocations are free and open to the public. Masks are required. Watch recorded and archived convocations. Convocation is sponsored by Carleton College Events. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308.