As Director of Special Projects at Woods Hole, Dave Gallo actively promotes deep sea exploration and works closely with scientists and engineers at the forefront of global exploration and discovery. After he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Geology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Doctorate in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, Gallo was invited in 1987 by Dr. Robert Ballard to join the team at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as the Assistant Director of the Center for Marine Exploration. Presently, he participates in numerous expeditions across the globe, and was one of the first oceanographers to use a combination of submarines and robots to map the undersea world. 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.