Founding Member, Ocean Collectiv

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  • — Ocean exploration
  • — Maritime archaeology
  • — Deep sea technology
  • — Marine geology & geophysics
  • — STEM education & outreach

Dr. Katy Croff Bell is an ocean explorer who has spent more than 15 years using deep sea technology to discover what lies at the depths of the ocean. She is currently a National Geographic Society Fellow, developing programs for rapid deployment of new and emerging technologies for exploration and storytelling.

Previously, as Executive Vice President of the Ocean Exploration Trust, Dr. Bell oversaw the Nautilus Exploration Program. She led the development of exploration and research activities for the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, including management of scientists, engineers, educators, and students from 30+ countries working together to conduct telepresence-enabled expeditions around the world, which are live-streamed on Nautilus Live. Dr. Bell was also responsible for program design and implementation, including the creation of the Scientist Ashore Program, Science & Engineering Internship Program, Honors Research Program, Nautilus Patch Design Contest, Engineering Design Challenge, and STEM education strategy.

Dr. Bell is currently Vice Chair of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, and was a 2001 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration, 2006 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and 2014 MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow. She holds an S.B. in ocean engineering from MIT, an M.Sc. in maritime archaeology from the University of Southampton, and a Ph.D. in geological oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.