(January 25, 2016) --

What: 18th Annual Wiese Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Dr. Lisa Levin, Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

When: Monday, March 28, 2016 – 7pm to 8pm

Where: John Counts Room at the Mitchell Center, University of South Alabama

Admission: FREE

For more information, call 251-460-7136 or email keyser@southalabama.edu

Deep beneath the surface of the ocean, an environment rich with life and mystery exists, probed by scientists only with the help of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). What exists in those watery realms? How does our warming oceans and endless search for resources affect those ecosystems we are just beginning to explore? In her talk, “Deep-Ocean Industrialization and Biodiversity Challenges for the 21st Century,” Dr. Lisa Levin will address how scientists explore the deep ocean and the challenges we face as the market for these deep-sea assets grows seemingly unabated.

Dr. Lisa Levin's research focuses on the biodiversity of deep sea continental margin ecosystems including oxygen minimum zones, the influence of ocean deoxygenation and ocean acidification on upwelling ecosystems, wetland structure and function in the context of invasion, restoration and water re-use, and connectivity in coastal ecosystems. Levin's deep-sea research has been conducted on the margins of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans using ships, submersibles and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to sample and conduct experiments. She has participated in over 35 oceanographic expeditions around the world and served as Chief Scientist on half of these.

Dr. Levin is founder and co-lead of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative, which seeks to integrate science, technology, policy, law and economics to advise on ecosystem-based management of resource use in the deep ocean and strategies to maintain the integrity of deep-ocean ecosystems within and beyond national jurisdictions.

She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has participated as steering committee member of the Census of Marine Life programs on chemosynthetic ecosystems (ChESS) and continental margins (CoMARGE), the US Ocean Carbon Biochemistry Program, and in working groups for the US National Academy of Sciences, SCOR, SCOPE, NCEAS, and INDEEP, as well as the scientific advisory committee for the US Outer Continental Shelf environmental studies board.

The Wiese Lecture Series is endowed by a generous gift from the late Peter and Marty Wiese of Fairhope, Alabama. Each year the series brings to the University of South Alabama and the Dauphin island Sea Lab, a preeminent scientist who presents a lecture for the public and interacts with students and faculty.

The Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama (USA), The USA Foundation, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.