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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 geology and geological sciences from the University of Hawaii (UH) and 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 fellow with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington from 1973 to 1974 and subsequently as a curator and director of the core laboratory from 1974 to 1986 with the Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory, the scientific research center of the Columbia Climate School and a unit of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

From 1986 to the present, Dr. McCoy has excelled with the affiliate graduate faculty with the University of California, Santa Barbara and Harvard University as well as a senior research scientist with Woods Hole. Beginning in 1990, he has flourished as a professor of geology and oceanography with Windward Community College in Kaneohe, Hawaii, served with the affiliate graduate faculty University of Hawaii at Manoa and since 1993 with graduate faculty in geology with UH in Honolulu. Additionally, he is the founder of a research geoarcheology laboratory associated with the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

Dr. McCoy has served with the board of directors with 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, the Kailua Historical Society and the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP). He has published articles in various publications including the New York Times and has been featured in over 30 TV specials that have appeared on the National Geographic and Discovery channels as well as NBC TV.

As a researcher, Dr. McCoy’s achievements include a geological and geophysical survey of Late Bronze Age deposits in Greece on Santorini and Crete, development of oceanographic programs in Italy and Israel, service as chief scientist on numerous oceanographic cruises and helping to combine the fields of archeology and geology in a new field called geoarcheology, new emerging field. He was among the first foreigners to live on Samoan islands since Margaret Mead had researched there 25 years previously and represented the first graduating class with a baccalaureate degree at the University of Hawaii in geology and geological sciences.

Dr. McCoy takes pride in having been given the opportunity to be accepted at several well-known and outstanding universities. He became involved in his profession because he was able to see several volcanic activities and eruptions growing up, and he also witnessed tsunamis that wrecked and destroyed Hilo, Hawaii and the horrific destruction and damage that it caused the area. In third grade, seeing about a third of the seats in his class empty due to drowning is what sparked his interest in geology. He hoped to seek answers to his questions about why these phenomena are occurring. Making a success of combining archeology and geology into a new field called geoarcheology as well as bringing the rigors of science into archeology has been Dr. McCoy’s most notable accomplishment.

In coming years, Dr. McCoy hopes to continue to fulfill his teaching obligations and plans to relocate to Greece for a year to work in a laboratory associated with the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, a research laboratory dedicated to geoarcheology.

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