Katy Croff Bell headshot photo

Katy Croff Bell

Science/Data Team
Former Vice President
Ocean Exploration Trust

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 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. She is a 2006 National Geographic Emerging Explorer and 2014 MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow. 

Selected Publications


Rotjan, R.D., Bell KLC, Huber JA, Wheat CG, Fisher AT, Sylvan RL, McManus J, Bigham KT, Cambronero-Solano S, Cordier T, Goode S, Leonard J, Murdock S, Paula FS, Ponsoni L, Roa-Varón A, Seabrook S, Shomberg R, Van Audenhaege L, Orcutt BN (2023). COBRA Master Class: providing deep-sea expedition leadership training to accelerate early career advancement. Frontiers in Marine Science 10: 1223197.…


Bell, KLC., Chow JS, Hope A, Quinzin MC, Cantner KA, Amon DJ, Cramp JE, Rotjan RD, Kamalu L, de Vos A, Talma S, Buglass S, Wade V, Filander Z, Noyes K, Lynch M, Knight A, Lourenço N, Girguis PR, de Sousa JB, Blake C, Kennedy BRC, Noyes TJ and McClain CR (2022). Low-Cost, Deep-Sea Imaging and Analysis Tools for Deep-Sea Exploration: A Collaborative Design Study. Frontiers of Marine Science 9: 873700.