Director of Special Projects
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA
Co-Expedition Leader, Expedition Titanic
As director of special projects at WHOI, Gallo works closely with scientists and engineers at the forefront of global exploration and discovery. He received bachelors and masters degrees in geological science from the State University of New York at Albany and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. In 1987, he was invited by Robert Ballard to join his team at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as the assistant director of the Center for Marine Exploration.
Gallo is passionate about exploration and discovery and dedicated to communicating the importance of science and engineering to the public. Gallo has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally, to audiences ranging from elementary school children through CEOs, and he has participated in numerous television and radio broadcasts.
Gallo has participated in numerous expeditions to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, and to the Mediterranean Sea. He was one of the first oceanographers to use a combination of submarines and robots to map the undersea world. He was a participant during an exploration of RMS Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck using the Russian MIR submarines and a participant in a recent expedition to find the lost WWII submarine USS Grunion.
Additionally, Gallo is U.S. Project Leader of the search for missing flight Air France 447. He is also a member of James Cameron’s Deep Ocean Task Force. Dave has spoken at several TED conferences, educating people about the mysteries of the deep.