In 2014, I began my graduate studies at SIO as a PIER
(Program for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research) student. My current
research focuses on ecosystem services in (1) the deep sea and (2) natural
treatment systems. (1) Deep-sea regulation is still in development, which
presents a unique opportunity to incorporate ecosystem services before any
further environmental degradation. (2) Natural treatment systems are
increasingly important as southern California, and other parts of the
world, are subject to severe drought. Ecosystem services help us
understand how changes in environmental conditions affect human well-being
and can provide a tool for sustainable management and policy.
At SIO, I am involved in organizing the
Interdisciplinary Forum on Environmental Research
which provides a space for discussion across disciplines
(e.g. economics, political theory, literature) and across
national borders through our collaboration with El Colegio de la Frontera
Norte. I also contribute to the efforts of
Ocean Scientists for Informed
Policy and Youth for Ocean, two student-led groups that are working
towards incorporating current research into international climate policy.
In addition, I work on social media for Squidtoons,
a website that creates comics and infographics to communicate science to the broader public.
Le JT, Levin LA, and Carson RT. In Review. Incorporating ecosystem services into environmental
management of deep seabed mining. Deep-Sea Research II.
Levin LA, Baco AR, Bowden D, Calaco A, Cordes E, Cunha MR, Demopoulos A,
Gobin J, Grupe B, Le J, Metaxas A, Netburn A, Rouse GW, Thurber AR,
Tunnicliffe V, Van Dover C, Vanreusel A, and L Watling. 2016. Hydrothermal
vents and methane seeps: Rethinking the sphere of influence. Frontiers in
Marine Science. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00072.
Levin L, Girgius PR, German CR, Brennan ML, Tuzun S, Wagner J, Smart C,
Kruger A, Inderbitzen K, Le J, Martinez M, Martinez C, Kappel E, Gallo N,
and BM Grupe. 2016. Exploration and Discovery of Methane Seeps and
Associated Communities in the California Borderland in New Frontiers in
Ocean Exploration: The E/V Nautilus and NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer 2015
Field Season, eds KLC Bell, ML Brennan, J Flanders, NA Raineault, and K
Wagner. (Rockville, MD: The Oceanography Society), 40-43.