Deputy Director & Vice President for Research


Dr. Susan E. Humphris

Interim Deputy Director and Vice President for Research (1 June 2019- 31 August 2019)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole, MA 02543

(Phone: 508-289-3451; e-mail:

 Susan Humphris is a Senior Scientist and the Interim Deputy Director and Vice President for Research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honors from the University of Lancaster, UK, in Environmental Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. Her interests lie in the geochemistry of submarine hot springs (hydrothermal vents), and their role in the formation of seafloor mineral deposits and in global geochemical cycles. She has spent many years at sea on various oceanographic research ships, including the drilling vessels Glomar Challenger and JOIDES Resolution. She has completed many dives in Alvin, and has used a variety of deep submergence vehicles for scientific work in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic Oceans. Prior to joining WHOI, Dr. Humphris spent 13 years with the Sea Education Association, first as an Oceanography faculty member teaching undergraduates both on shore and at sea on their sailing research vessels, and then as Dean. Dr. Humphris was previously the Chair of WHOI’s Geology & Geophysics Department, Director of the Deep Ocean Exploration Institute, and Acting Vice President for Marine Facilities and Operations.

Last updated: June 13, 2019