Marine Benthic Ecology

The study of the ecology of marine communities that live on or near the rocks and sediments of the ocean floor. (Crab photo courtesy biological oceanographer Lisa Levin.)


Jennifer Smith
Associate Researcher
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Investigating nonlinear transitions in the California Current coastal pelagic ecosystem.

Promotes interdisciplinary research and educational approaches to maintain the integrity of ocean ecosystems and manage their use in the face of rapid and inevitable global change.

A working group of scientists united by an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to studying coral reefs across gradients of anthropogenic stress.

Biological oceanographer and marine ecologist.

Levin is a marine ecologist who studies benthic ecosystems in the deep sea and shallow water.

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