Dr. Vicki Ferrini is a Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  She received her B.A. in Geology/Biology from Colby College, and went on to earn a M.S. in Marine Environmental Science and Ph.D. in Coastal Oceanography at Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on using mapping techniques to understand the processes that shape the seafloor. Over the past 20+ years she has worked in environments from shallow water coastal areas to the deep sea using ships, boats, submersibles and towed platforms.  Vicki is heavily involved in geoinformatics and data management and spends much of her time working on projects focused on making marine geoscience research data publicly accessible.

As a post-doc at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 2005, Vicki mapped vent fields in this area at sub-meter resolution. She will lead the mapping component of this cruise developing new bathymetric and geologic maps of each site. These data will be used to provide context for other work conducted during the cruise and will enable quantitative comparisons with existing data to document any changes that may have occurred.