Naomi M. Levine

Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences

Contact Information

E-mail: n.levine 'at' usc.edu

  • Ph.D. Chemical Oceanography, MIT - WHOI Joint Program, 2010
  • B.A. Geosciences, Princeton University, 2003


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


Summary Statement of Research Interests

My research focuses on the interactions between climate and ecosystem composition and function. By combining biological, chemical, and physical observations with ecosystem models, I aim to elucidate the underlying mechanisms responsible for biogeochemical cycling in microbial ecosystems, and to identify climate-ecosystem feedback loops. An overarching theme of my research is the impact of fine-scale processes on large-scale dynamics and how changes at the fine-scale may impact global carbon cycling.

Research Specialties

Climate-ecosystem interactions, marine carbon and nutrient cycling, microbial ecosystem dynamics, numerical ecosystem models, dimethylsulfide, climate change


Honors and Awards
  • Sloan Research Fellowship, Ocean Sciences, 2016-2018
  • Gabilian Assistant Professorship, University of Southern California
  • NOAA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate and Global Change, 2010-2012
  • DISCO XXII (Dissertations Symposium on Chemical Oceanography), Invited Participant, 2010
  • EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship, 2008-2009
  • Ocean Ventures Fund Student Research Award, WHOI, 2007
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, AGU/ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting, 2006
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2005-2008
  • Linden Earth Systems Graduate Fellowship, 2004-2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton chapter, 2003
  • Buddington Award, Overall excellence in Earth Sciences, Princeton University, 2003
  • Judson/Bonini Award for Teaching, Princeton University, 2003
  • Levine Laboratory
  • University of Southern California
  • 3616 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371