|Bob Detrick inspects WHOI's newest research vessel, the 60-foot coastal research vessel Tioga.
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accretion processes at mid-ocean ridges; the seismic structure and
evolution of oceanic crust; size, depth, and physical properties of
ridge crest magma chambers; nature of mantle flow beneath mid-ocean
ridges and relationship to ridge segmentation and axial topography;
relationship between seismic structure of oceanic crust and geology of
Vice President for Marine Facilities and Operations
- Oversees the scheduling, operation and quality of the facilities
(ships, vehicles, ocean observatories) that the Institution maintains
to provide access to the sea for WHOI scientists and engineers and
those from other research institutions.
- Responsible for the preparation of annual proposals and budgets
for the support of WHOI’s for research vessels, shipboard technical
support staff and equipment, and the National Deep Submergence Facility.
- Oversees for the collection, quality control, archiving and
dissemination of scientific data collected by WHOI’s research vessels,
vehicles and ocean observatories.
- Responsible for longer-term planning for WHOI’s marine facilities
(ships, vehicles, ocean observatories), including the acquisition of
new ships, vehicles and observing systems, required to meet future
scientific needs of WHOI scientists.
- Responsible for the administration and distribution of income
from the Institution’s Access to the Sea endowment and works with the
Vice President for Board and Corporate Relations to raise funds for
- Serves as the primary contact at WHOI for matters related to the
Institution’s marine facilities and access to the sea, and may serve on
various national and international Boards or committees to represent
the Institution in these forums.
- Responsible for WHOI's Computer and Information Services group
which provides network data management and e-mail services,
communications, computer systems support and applications programming
to the WHOI community.
Born and raised in Bethel Park, PA (a
suburb of Pittsburgh), Detrick earned a B.S. in Geology and Physics in
1971 from Lehigh University. While still an undergraduate at
Lehigh, Bob spent the summer of 1970 at Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution as a Summer Student Fellow. After graduation from
Lehigh, he enrolled as a student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
in La Jolla, CA, obtaining a M.S. degree in marine geology in
1974. After a one-year stint as an exploration geophysicist with
Chevron USA in San Francisco, he returned to graduate school in the
MIT-WHOI Joint Program where he received his PhD in 1978.
spent 12 years on the faculty at the University
of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography before returning to WHOI
as a Senior Scientist in 1991 in the Department of Geology and
Geophysics. At WHOI he held the J. Seward Johnson Chair from 1993 to 1999
and served as Educational Coordinator for the Geology and Geophysics
Department. In 1999 he was appointed Chair of the Geology and Geophysics
Department, a post he held until 2004 when he was made Vice President for
Marine Facilities and Operations at WHOI, a post he presently holds.
more than 100 scientific publications on the seismic structure of mid-ocean ridges
and oceanic crust, the size, depth, and properties of ridge crest magma
chambers; and the nature of mantle flow beneath mid-ocean ridges and
relationship to ridge segmentation and axial topography. He is a
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and won the A. G. Huntsman Medal in
1996. He has supervised 15 graduate students and postdoctoral
investigators and has participated in over 30 major oceanographic cruises, 18
as chief scientist or co-chief scientist. He is co-PI for WHOI's ocean
bottom seismic instrumentation laboratory which builds and operates ocean
bottom seismometers for the U.S. National Ocean Bottom Seismic Instrumentation
Pool. He is also senior PI on WHOI’s NSF-funded $21.5M project to
construct a replacement for WHOI's DSRV Alvin. Bob has served on and chaired committees and panels
for various international and national organizations including the RIDGE
Steering Committee (chair from 1992-1995), the JOIDES Executive Committee
(chair from 1996-1998), the NSF Geosciences Advisory Committee (chair
2004-2005), and the ORION Executive Steering Committee (chair
2005-present). He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of both
Joint Oceanographic Institutions and IODP Management International, and past
President of AGU's Tectonophysics Section.