Giora graduated from Amherst College with a chemistry major, but was lured to the earth sciences by the prospects of using chemistry to study deep-sea hydrothermal vents. He got his masters and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in chemical oceanography, studying the connections between biology, geology, and chemistry at deep-sea hot vents.

Beginning in 2005 he was in Woods Hole, Masschusetts, as a postdoctoral scholar and visiting investigator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and a faculty oceanography scientist at the Sea Education Association. He returned to the University of Washington in 2010 as a project scientist for the NSF’s Ocean Observatories Initiative Cabled Observatory, and as a research scientist working on deep-sea hydrothermal vent chemistry and upper ocean plastic pollution.

The access to the deep sea provided by the Schmidt Ocean Institute and science funded by the Gorden and Betty Moore Foundation represent a unique opportunity to showcase the promise of the cabled observatory at Axial Seamount while pursuing state-of-the-art research.