Dr. Richard Camilli is an Associate Scientist in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering. He holds graduate degrees in engineering and a bachelors degree in biology with minors in chemistry and sculpture. His research focuses on developing robotic tools for marine exploration and environmental monitoring. Dr. Camilli is a former NOAA Aquanaut and Ocean Explorer; he has led or participated in over 40 major oceanographic expeditions throughout the world, been a crew member on over two dozen human occupied submersible operations, and logged several hundred hours of bottom time as a technical diver.
In 2010 Dr. Camilli served as a scientific advisor to the National Incident Command. More recently he served on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board. Dr. Camilli is an active mentor to the Chester Upland School District Robotics Club in Chester, Pennsylvania. In his spare time he enjoys back-country snowboarding and exploring the New England coast aboard his sailboat, Mañana.