Troy Leon Holcombe

Troy Holcombe

Title: Marine Geologist
Company: Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University
Location: College Station, Texas, United States

Troy Leon Holcombe, Marine Geologist at Texas A&M University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Oceanography.

Dr. Holcombe has held his current role with Texas A&M since 2002, and has been a U.S. Scientific Coordinator of the International Bathymetric Chart of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico since 1987. The charting project named him an honorary vice chairman in 1988, and is maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where Dr. Holcombe has served as a principal investigator from 1988 to 2005. He has also worked with the agency’s National Geophysical Data Center and the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office, as well as the editorial boards of Mediterranean, Central Eastern Atlantic, and Western Indian Ocean for many years.

As a boy, Dr. Holcombe grew up with an interest in maps, geography, and geosciences, especially geology in marine areas. He earned a BA in geology from the Hardin-Simmons University in 1961, followed by an AM in geology from the University of Missouri and a PhD in marine geology from Columbia University in 1972. His first position away from graduate research and teaching was as a research oceanographer of the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office in Chesapeake Beach, MD, where he collected new information and contributed to the mapping of the Caribbean in the Geological Map of North America.

Dr. Holcombe is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been featured in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America. He has won the Chandler-Misener Award from the Journal of Great Lakes Research in 2004 and 1997, and was a President’s Fellow and Higgins Fellow of Columbia University, as well as a Gregory Fellow and National Science Foundation Summer Fellow of the University of Missouri. Dr. Holcombe’s many awards began with a 1961 Abilene Geological Society Award from Hardin-Simmons University. He has since supported scientific organizations like the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Geological Society of America, and the International Association of Great Lakes Research.

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