Staff Profile

Bruce Strickrott

Preferred Name: Bruce Strickrott

DSV Alvin Manager and Lead Submersible Pilot




Phone: 508 289 3860

Office: SMITH 301 

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,   Mail Stop 17
266 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Lab/Group Site:

Some Info Bruce Strickrott is the Group Manager and lead submersible pilot of the DSV Alvin at WHOI. He is a degreed ocean engineer and an avid deep sea explorer, completing nearly 400 dives in Alvin on more than 140 dive expeditions since joining the program in 1996. Bruce helped lead the effort to upgrade Alvin’s maximum depth to 6,500 meters (21,325 feet), completed in August of 2023. He is the co-discoverer of ‘Eptitretus Strickrotti’, the deepest known hagfish found with Alvin in the southern Pacific Ocean in 2005, and a ‘Fellow National’ of the Explorers Club. As a United States Navy veteran, Bruce had assignments aboard the USS Horne and the USS Fox with tours during Operation Earnest Will and Operation Desert Storm. Bruce was honorably discharged in 1992. He holds an advanced scuba certification, is a licensed airplane pilot for both land and sea, and a dedicated advocate for deep sea research and exploration. A documentary film about his work with the submersible, titled ‘Bruce and Alvin’ was completed in 2021.


US Navy Advanced electronics training,

BS Ocean Engineering Cum Laude, 1996 Florida Atlantic University,

Cornell Engineering Leadership Certification


Beta Theta Pi, Tau Beta Pi, MTS/MUV