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Robert D. Ballard
Professor of Oceanography
Director, Institute for Archaeological Oceanography

Educational Background

Ph.D., Geological Oceanography
B.S., Physical Sciences
University of Rhode Island
University of California, Santa Barbara

Areas of Specialization


Geology of continental margins with particular emphasis upon the earth formation of the North Atlantic Ocean in the New England region; volcanic, tectonic, and hydrothermal processes of the Mid-Ocean Ridge. Ancient trade routes of the Mediterranean and Black Seas.


Development of remotely operated vehicle systems and the use of tele-presence technology for archaeological research.


Michael Brennan
Alicia Caporaso
Katherine Croff
James Moore
Chris Jazwa
Dwight Coleman


2002, Ballard, R.D., Stager, L.E., Master, D., Yoerger, D., Mindell, D., Whitcomb, L.,Singh, H., and Piechota, D., Iron Age Shipwrecks in Deep Water Off Ashkelon, Israel, American Institute of Archaeology. v. 106, no. 2, p.151-168.

2001, R. D. Ballard, Fredrik T. Hiebert , Dwight F. Coleman, Cheryl Ward, Jennifer Smith, Kathryn Willis, Brendan Foley, Katherine Croff, Candace Major, and Francesco Torre, Deepwater Archaeology of the Black Sea: The 2000 Season at Sinop, Turkey, Amer. Jour. Archeo., v. 105, no. 4, p. 607-623.

2001, Coleman, D. and Ballard, R.D., A Highly Concentrated Region of Cold Hydrocarbon Seeps in the Southeastern Mediterranean Sea, Geo-Marine Letters, v. 21, p. 162-167.2001, Ballard, R.D., Maritime Archaecology, Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, edited by John H. Steele, Karl Turekian and Steve A. Thorpe, Academic Press, v. 3, p. 1675-1681.

2001, Ballard, R.D., Maritime Archaecology, Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, edited by John H. Steele, Karl Turekian and Steve A. Thorpe, Academic Press, v. 3, p. 1675-1681.

2001, McNutt, M. and Ballard, R.D., Two Case Studies of Collaboration between Aquariums and Research Insitutions in Exploration and Education, Marine Technology Society Journal, v. 35, no. 1, pp. 76-85.


2001, Ballard, R.D., The Mysteries of the Deep Black Sea, National Geographic Magazine, vol. 199, no. 5, pp. 52-69.

2001, Ballard, R.D., Ancient Ashkelon, National Geographic Magazine, vol. 199, no. 1, pp. 91-93.

2000, Coleman D.F., Newman, J.B., Howland, J., and Ballard, R.D., Design and Implementation of Advanced Underwater Imaging Systems for Deep Sea Marine Archaeological Surveys, Journal of the Marine Tech. Soc., Oceans 2000 Conf.

1999, Ballard, R.D., Finding the YORKTOWN, National Geographic Magazine, vol. 195, no. 4, p. 94, April.

1998, Ballard, R.D., High-tech Search for Roman Shipwrecks, National Geographic Magazine, v. 193, no. 4, April.


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