C-DEBI External Advisory Board
Senior Scientist, Geology & Geophysics Department, Woods
Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Dr. Susan Humphris is a marine geochemist whose interests
lie in the geochemistry of seawater-rock reactions in hydrothermal
systems, and their role in the formation of seafloor mineral
deposits and in global geochemical cycles. She has a Bachelors
of Arts degree with First Class Honors from the University
of Lancaster in Environmental Sciences (1972), and a Ph.D.
in Chemical Oceanography from the Joint Program between MIT
and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1977). She completed
a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Imperial College in London.
During her career, she has spent more than three years at
sea on various oceanographic research ships, including Glomar
Challenger and JOIDES Resolution. She has completed more than
30 dives in the submersible Alvin in both the Pacific and
the Atlantic, and has used a variety of deep submergence vehicles
for scientific work in the Atlantic, Indian and Arctic Oceans.
Dr. Humphris spent thirteen years, with the Sea Education
Association first as a Staff Scientist teaching intensive
courses in Oceanography to undergraduates both on shore and
at sea, and then as Dean for six years. During that time,
she was involved in educating over a thousand undergraduates
about the ocean, and also developed a program with grade-school
teachers to integrate marine topics into their scientific
Dr. Humphris returned to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
in 1992 and is now a Senior Scientist. She has also served
as the Chair of the Geology and Geophysics Department, Director
of the Deep Ocean Exploration Institute, and most recently,
as the Acting Vice President for Marine Facilities and Operations.
She has authored or co-authored more than 70 scientific papers,
and was a co-creator of the highly successful Dive and Discover
web site that brings oceanographic expeditions in near real-time
to students and the general public. She has served on many
national and international scientific advisory committees,
including several NRC Committees. She has been involved in
ocean drilling for many years, serving as a member and then
Chair of the JOIDES Lithosphere Panel (1988-1993), a USSAC
Distinguished Lecturer (1992-1993), a member and then Chair
of the JOIDES Science Committee (1996-1998), a member of the
USSAC Conceptual Design Committee for the non-riser scientific
drilling vessel (1999-2000), Chair of the ODP Performance
Evaluation Committee VI (2003-2004), and Chair of the IODP
Science Advisory Structure Executive Committee (2005-2007).
She is currently a member of the Board of Governors for IODP-MI.
In addition, Dr. Humphris is on the Scientific Advisory Board
for IFM-GEOMAR in Kiel, Germany.
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