MEB Faculty

Naomi M. Levine

Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-0745
Office: AHF M225

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  • B.A. Geosciences, Princeton University, 2003
  • Ph.D. Chemical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, 2010

  • Postdoctoral Training

    • Postdoctoral Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2013  
    • NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 2010-2013  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Naomi Levine’s research focuses on the interactions between climate and ecosystem composition and function. By combining biological, chemical, and physical observations with ecosystem models, she aims to elucidate the underlying mechanisms responsible for biogeochemical cycling in microbial ecosystems, and to identify climate-ecosystem feedback loops. An overarching theme in the lab is the impact of fine-scale processes on large-scale dynamics, and how changes at the fine-scale may impact global carbon cycling. Current research projects include the use of numerical models to understand the impact of submesoscale variability in nutrient delivery on marine ecosystem dynamics, and how this may change with climate change. Another focus in the lab is the combination of functional gene and chemical measurements to understand the production and cycling of dimethylsulfide (DMS), a climatically relevant trace gas produced by marine phytoplankton and bacteria.
    Research Keywords
    Climate-ecosystem interactions, marine carbon and nutrient cycling, microbial ecosystem dynamics, numerical ecosystem models, dimethylsulfide, climate change


    Journal Article
    • Levine, N. M., Zhang, K., Longo, M., Baccini, A., Phillips, O. L., Lewis, S. L., Alvarez-Dávila, E., de Andrade, A. C., Brienen, R. J., Erwin, T. L. (2016). Ecosystem heterogeneity determines the ecological resilience of the Amazon to climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol. 113 (3), pp. 793-797.
    • Liu, X., Levine, N. M. (2016). Enhancement of phytoplankton chlorophyll by submesoscale frontal dynamics in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Geophysical Research Letters.
    • Levine, N. M., Toole, D. A., Neeley, A., Bates, N. R., Doney, S. C., Dacey, J. W. (2016). Revising upper-ocean sulfur dynamics near Bermuda: new lessons from 3 years of concentration and rate measurements. Environmental Chemistry.
    • Levine, N. M., Varaljay, V. A., Toole, D. A., Dacey, J. W., Doney, S. C., Moran, M. A. (2012). Environmental, biochemical and genetic drivers of DMSP degradation and DMS production in the Sargasso Sea. Environmental Microbiology. Vol. 14 (5), pp. 1210-1223.
    • Levine, N. M., Doney, S. C., Lima, I., Wanninkhof, R., Bates, N. R., Feely, R. A. (2011). The impact of the North Atlantic Oscillation on the uptake and accumulation of anthropogenic CO2 by North Atlantic Ocean mode waters. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Vol. 25
    • Goodkin, N. F., Levine, N. M., Doney, S. C., Wanninkhof, R. (2011). Impacts of temporal CO2 and climate trends on the detection of ocean anthropogenic CO2 accumulation. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Vol. 25
    • Levine, N. M., Bender, M. L., Doney, S. C. (2009). The d18O of dissolved O2 as a tracer of mixing and respiration in the mesopelagic ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Vol. 23 (1)
    • Levine, N. M., Doney, S. C., Wanninkhof, R., Lindsay, K., Fung, I. Y. (2008). Impact of ocean carbon system variability on the detection of temporal increases in anthropogenic CO2. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans. Vol. 113 (C3)

    Honors and Awards

    • Sloan Research Fellowship Recipient, Ocean Science, 2016-  
    • USC Endowed Professorship, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences, 2013-  

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371