|The deep ocean–below 200 meters–is one of the last frontiers on earth. Not only does it hold vast mineral and energy resources, it is also a living library of biodiversity. Even though new deep sea species are being discovered on every expedition, scientists are concerned that many of these amazing creatures will be lost to new commercial ventures such as seabed mining. Unique features of deep-ocean ecosystems make them especially vulnerable to the confluence of climate stress and direct human disturbance. At this lecture, marine ecologist Dr. Lisa Levin will lead us on a tour of deep ocean resources and talk about initiatives, networks, and policy instruments being developed to address the challenge of the sustainability in deep water.
About Dr. Levin
Lisa Levin is Distinguished Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, and was Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and Oliver Chair from 2011-2017. Dr. Levin is a marine ecologist who studies benthic ecosystems in the deep sea and shallow water. Together with her students Dr. Levin has worked with a broad range of taxa, from microbes and microalgae to invertebrates, fishes and whales. Dr. Levin is a ‘Fellow of the Association’ of AAAS in Biological Sciences, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and served as Pogo Visiting Professor in Namibia and South Africa.
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