Dwight Coleman

Expertise: Telepresence operations / Geophysics
Affiliation: URI-GSO Inner Space Center
Certification/Education: PhD, Geological Oceanography, URI-GSO

SUBSEA Research Objectives

Assist with managing the telepresence operations from the Inner Space Center/


Dr. Coleman is a Marine Research Scientist at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI-GSO), where he is also Director of the Inner Space Center (ISC). At sea, he is responsible for leading oceanographic expeditions that employ remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems and telepresence technologies. He is a veteran of about 50 research expeditions, many in collaboration with Dr. Robert Ballard. On shore, he is responsible for directing the activities at the ISC to support telepresence-enabled exploration and education projects. He works closely with the Ocean Exploration Trust’s Nautilus Program and NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. He was previously with the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, MA, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI, and the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, CT. Dr. Coleman has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of New Hampshire and master’s and doctoral degrees in geological oceanography from URI-GSO.