Profiles of Women Working In STEM

Katy Croff Bell

Ocean Explorer

Dr. Katy Croff Bell is an ocean explorer, using deep sea technology to explore what lies at the depths of the ocean. For more than fifteen years, she has participated in or led more than 30 oceanographic and archaeological projects. Katy’s current work involves the utilization of telepresence technology on ocean exploration projects for remote science and education. She works with a large team to implement this technology on multidisciplinary expeditions around the world aboard E/V Nautilus.

Expeditions are shared with the world live, revealing the wonders of the undersea world in real time, in an effort to engage and inspire a new generation of young explorers. Katy received her S.B. from MIT in Ocean Engineering in 2000. In 2001, she was a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration, after which she completed her Master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton. Katy completed her Ph.D. in Geological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in 2011.

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