Join Naomi M. Levine on April 26, 2018 07:00 PM in Ackley Auditorium at Green Mountain College as she reveals the role that marine microbes play in mediating our climate.
Microscopic single celled organisms in the ocean (marine microbes) are the engines that drive marine carbon cycling. They are responsible for approximately half of all photosynthesis on the planet and play a critical role in in regulating our climate by mediating the sequestration of CO2 in the ocean. As such, it is important to determine how marine microbes will adapt and evolve to a changing climate in order to understand and predict how the global carbon cycle may change, and predict pivotal feedback responses that might impact future climate states.
Naomi M. Levine is a Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California. She received her BA in Geosciences from Princeton University and her PhD in Chemical Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program where she combined numerical models and in situ observations to gain new insight into carbon and sulfur cycling in the oceans. Naomi’s research focuses on developing a mechanistic understanding of how marine microbes respond to environmental fluctuations, and how these individual-scale responses can result in large-scale ecosystem shifts and ecosystem-climate feedback loops. To untangling the complex interactions between climate and biology we utilize pioneering interdisciplinary approaches combining observations, theory, and numerical models.
In 2013, Naomi started her lab at USC where she holds joint appointments in Marine and Environmental Biology, Molecular and Computational Biology, and Earth Sciences. The Levine lab is developing novel modeling approaches that explicitly represent the response of dynamic microbial communities to a variable and changing environment. Naomi is a 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.