Katy Croff Bell

National Geographic Staff

National Geographic Fellow Katy Croff Bell uses technology to investigate the depths of the ocean. Katy currently leads the MIT Media Lab Open Ocean Initiative, dedicated to reimagining the future of underwater exploration and storytelling. Since 1999, she has led or participated in more than 25 oceanographic and archaeological projects, using robotic and telepresence technologies to explore the depths of the ocean. At the Ocean Exploration Trust, founded and led by National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Robert Ballard, Katy was Chief Scientist of the Nautilus Exploration Program. She worked with a large, global team of scientists, engineers, and educators to conduct multidisciplinary expeditions aboard E/V Nautilus in the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Nautilus expeditions were shared with the world live, revealing the wonders of the undersea world in real time, in an effort to maximize the scientific output of expeditions and engage and inspire a new generation of young explorers.

Katy is a proud alumna of MIT, where she received her SB in ocean engineering before completing her Masters at the University of Southampton and her Ph.D. at the University of Rhode Island.

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