Dr. Stephen R. Hammond, is a marine geologist/geophysicist with over 45 years of ocean exploration and research experience. He was the Leader of the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory’s Ocean Environment Research Division and the Director of the NOAA Vents program, an interdisciplinary program focused on discovering ocean environmental impacts of submarine volcanic eruptions and hydrothermal venting, for 35 years. He also served for 8 years as the Chief Scientist for NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and for 4 years as the office’s Acting Director. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 journal articles, served as Chief Scientist on numerous ocean exploration and research expeditions, and lectures frequently on marine science in national and international fora.
He retired from US federal service in May, 2013 and is currently employed by NOAA as a Senior Scientist advising the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and the NOAA office of Ocean Exploration and Research.