Deep Trouble: Challenges of Managing and Protecting Deep Sea Resources

02/11/2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Interdisciplinary Forum on Environmental Change

The Interdisciplinary Forum on Environmental Change (SIO 296), a new collaboration between SIO's CMBC, COLEF Tijuana, the Center for Global Justice at UCSD, and others, is hosting a special event on Tuesday, February 11th from 4-6pm in Hubbs 4500. The event is titled “Deep Trouble: The Challenges of Managing and Protecting Deep Sea Resources.” A flyer for the event is attached.

The deep sea is one of the last undiscovered frontiers of our planet. Constituting about two thirds of the world, it presents a unique problem to management and protection. The advent of new technologies has put in motion a race to mine the deep sea, with science and policy lagging behind the industrial race to the deep. In a few years, your cellphone may contain minerals mined from the deep sea! We invite you to join us for an interdisciplinary and provocative discussion on the challenges, costs, and benefits of managing deep sea resources.

The forum will consist of a brief introduction to the topic by CMBC MAS student Alex Thornton and a presentation on waste accumulation in the deep sea by CMBS MAS student Meredith Epp. Two presentations and a moderated discussion will follow featuring Lisa Levin, an SIO oceanographer with years of deep-sea experience, and Kathryn Mengerink, the senior attorney and directory of the Ocean Program Environmental Law Institute. Together, these experts will offer their unique perspectives on the legal and biological challenges of protecting and managing the deep sea.

Snacks and beverages will be served at the beginning of the event. We ask that you please RSVP to


For more information on this event, contact: 
Natasha Gallo
Event Calendar: 
8610 Kennel Way La Jolla, CA 92037, US