Meet Daniel Fornari, Ph.D.

Science for the Public Mini-Documentary Series

Daniel Fornari, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Geology and Geophysics; and Director, Deep Ocean & Exploration Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

Dr. Fornari is a leading researcher in the study of volcanic and hydrothermal processes at the mid-ocean ridges, and in the study of the structure and magmatic processes occurring in oceanic transforms and at oceanic islands, such as Hawaii and the Galápagos.

In more than 35 years of seagoing experience, Fornari has participated in over 80 research cruises in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and has completed over 100 dives in Alvin and other Navy submersibles. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers and has served on numerous scientific panels, and national and international committees including the President Clinton's Commission on Ocean Exploration.

Dr. Fornari has served in numerous leadership capacities over the years including Chair of the Ridge2000 Program, Director of WHOI's Deep Ocean Exploration Institute from 2004-2008 and again from 2010-2014, and as the Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence at WHOI. He received the 2014 Edward A Flinn III Award from the America Geophysical Union (AGU) -award details

Dr. Fornari and several colleagues co-authored Discovering the Deep: A Photographic Atlas of the Seafloor and Ocean Crust. And together with Dr. Susan Humphris, Dan Fornari developed the WHOI Dive and Discover™ website in 2000 (, an education and outreach website for students and the general public.