Dawn J. Wright
Dawn J. Wright (1961) is a geographer and oceanographer. She has contributed significantly to applications of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to ocean and coastal science, and she played a key role in creating the first GIS data model for the oceans. In 1991 she became the first African American woman to reach the deep ocean floor in a deep submersible. Her current research focuses on emerging issues in spatial data science as well as the communication of science that promotes engagement and innovation in policy-making and industry. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.