The Team

Ship Location

Saanich Inlet, Canada

Robert Ballard

Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration, Graduate School of Oceanography URI
President of the Ocean Exploration Trust

Dr. Robert D. Ballard has been a pioneer in the development of advanced deep submergence and “telepresence” technology. Although his PhD is in Marine Geology and Geophysics, his scientific interests run the gamut from the volcanic, tectonic, and hydrothermal processes of the mid-ocean ridge to deep-sea archaeology and maritime history. Dr. Ballard also spends a great deal of his time involved in various educational outreach programs; including the JASON Project, Immersion Learning, Nautilus Live, and TV programs for the National Geographic Society, where he is an “Explorer-in-Residence”. In 2008, Dr. Ballard secured the E/V Nautilus, which has become his flag-ship for exploration funded in part by NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration. Nautilus is connected by way of a high bandwidth satellite link to the Inner Space Center and from there to the world.

University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S. Physical Science, Majors: Chemistry/Geology; Minors: Physics/Math;
University of Hawaii, Graduate School in Oceanography;
University of Southern California, Graduate School in Marine Geology; University of Rhode Island, Graduate School in Oceanography. Ph.D. Marine Geology and Geophysics PhD is in Marine Geology and Geophysics



"As a child I was always curious about things and I was fortunate enough not to have that passion extinguished as I grew up. E/V NAUTILUS gives me the opportunity to pour fuel on the flames of childrens' curiosity to help keep it alive for them."