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 Fellow, NOAA Climate and Global Change, 2010-2012 
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 2009-2013  


Description of Research

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