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Dr. Floyd W. McCoy

Title: Professor
Company: University of Hawaii
Location: Kailua, Hawaii, United States

Floyd McCoy, Professor at University of Hawaii, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in combining the fields of archeology and geology.

After coursework in engineering at Purdue University, Dr. McCoy obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1962 in the geological and geophysical sciences from the University of Hawaii (UH) followed with a Master of Science in volcanology from the same school in 1965. He later continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard University in 1974.

Dr. McCoy provided superior service as a researcher with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts from 1970 to 1973, as a post-doctoral fellow with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington from 1973 to 1974 and subsequently as a curator and at the director of the core laboratory from 1974 to 1986 with the Lamont–Doherty Geological/Earth Observatory, the scientific research center of Columbia University.

In 1990, Dr. McCoy has been professor of geology, geophysics and oceanography at the University of Hawaii, Windward Community College in Kaneohe, Hawaii, and on the affiliate graduate faculty at the University of Hawaii Manoa since 1993 in geology and geophysics in Honolulu. Additionally, he was the Wiener Professor in geoarchaeology at the Wiener Geoarchaeology Laboratory at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece.

Dr. McCoy continues to serve on the board of directors as Vice-President of the Associated Scientists at Woods Hole, was on the board of directors at the Woods Hole Community Association from 1986 to 1992, was a member of the board of directors of the Woods Hole Historical Collection from 1986 to 1991 and the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP). He has published articles in various scientific peer-reviewed publications, been featured in prominent publications including the New York Times and National Geographic Magazine, and has been featured in over 30 TV specials for National Geographic, NBC, Discovery, BBC, and many other channels.

As a researcher, Dr. McCoy’s achievements include numerous geological and geophysical surveys of archaeological deposits in Greece on Santorini and Crete, oceanographic programs in Greece, Italy and Israel, service as chief scientist on numerous oceanographic cruises and helping to combine the fields of archeology and geology into a new field called geoarcheology. He has participated in seafloor-mapping research in the Pacific, Atlantic, Southern, Mediterranean, Aegean, and Red Seas, including seafloor observations using the deep-sea submersible Alvin.   He was the first foreigner to live on the remote Manu’a Islands in Samoa since Margaret Mead had researched there 25 years before and was in the first graduating class with a baccalaureate degree at the University of Hawaii in geology and geological sciences.

In the coming years, Dr. McCoy hopes to continue to fulfill his teaching obligations and plans to relocate to Greece for a year to work at the INSTAP East Crete Study Center as well as the Wiener laboratory associated with the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, a research laboratory dedicated to geoarchaeology.

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