“Nothing much is beyond our reach,” said Dr. Gallo, a senior advisor for the Center for Climate and Life of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Speaking of new technology being used to explore the underwater world, he noted that “there are more than 100,000 pieces scattered through the debris field” of the legendary ship, and he predicted that virtual explorers would discover things that those in submarines, such as himself, had not.
Dr. Gallo, who spoke as part of The Hun School’s Centennial Speaker Series, explored the oceans for thirty years with the renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. He was among the first to use manned submersibles and robots to map the ocean world on diverse expeditions.
On Tuesday, he showed Hun students amazing video of creatures who make their homes 2.5 miles beneath the water’s surface, in the pitch black of the ocean floor.
“The ocean covers 70 percent of the Earth, and only 5 percent of the oceans have been explored,” he noted, adding there is much left to be discovered.
Student Natalie Davis ’17 was excited to hear Dr. Gallo talk about topics, such as tectonic plates on the ocean floor, that she is currently studying in AP Environmental Studies at The Hun School.
“His talk was so fascinating to me,” said Natalie, who plans to study science or environmental studies in college. “My friend and I were just completely engaged.”
Dr. Gallo has given numerous TED and TEDx talks, and his most well-known, “Underwater Astonishments,” has been viewed more than 13 million times, ranking it among the top 10 TED talks. In 2010, he co-led expeditions to create the first detailed and comprehensive map of the RMS Titanic, and in 2011, he co-led a successful search mission to find Air France 447, which crashed into the Atlantic north of Rio De Janeiro in 2009. He has appeared in numerous documentaries for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, and National Geographic; and has been featured on the Weather Channel, PBS Need to Know, MSNBC and NBC’s Today.