Dr. Lisa Levin Presents on Climate Change Impacts to the Deep Ocean for 20th Annual Commemorative Roger Revelle Lecture

For the 20th Annual Commemorative Roger Revelle Lecture, Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Dr. Lisa Levin shared her research on climate change impacts to the deep ocean.

For the 20th Annual Commemorative Roger Revelle Lecture on April 24, Dr. Lisa Levin presented “Sustainability in Deep Water: The challenges of climate change, human pressures and biodiversity conservation.”

“The deep ocean covers nearly half the planet but remains a final frontier on earth. It is full of mineral, energy and genetic resources and serves as a living library of biodiversity. Special features of these deep-ocean ecosystems make them especially vulnerable to the confluence of climate stress and direct human disturbance. The coming decade promises new initiatives, networks, and policy instruments to address the challenge of sustainability in the deep half of the planet.”

The full lecture is available to watch here:


Dr. Levin’s talk is expected to be published in Oceanography.

The lecture, which takes place at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., is an annual convening co-hosted in collaboration between the Ocean Studies Board, the Smithsonian Science Education Center, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

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Photo: Brittle stars (ophluroids) cover the seafloor at a depth of 600 meters off the North Carolina coast. Credit to Lisa Levin.