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Next Climate-Sustainability Lecture to Explore New Deep-Ocean Research

The next talk of the Climate-Sustainability Lecture Series, hosted by the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography’s Department of Chemistry and Physics, will discuss research findings related to deep-ocean ecosystems.  

New Perspectives on the Deep-Pelagic Ocean, the Earth’s Largest Ecosystem and Second Engine of the World Ocean”

Speaker: Tracey T. Sutton, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Noon–1:00 p.m.

Mailman-Hollywood Building, Second Floor Auditorium

The deep-pelagic ocean contains a spectacular array of life supremely adapted to a dark, cold, and food-limited existence. We have gained some insights into what lives where, though our faunal inventories are far from complete and our knowledge of deep-ocean biodiversity severely lags that of coastal marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Still, decades of research have elucidated major patterns and processes. This talk will review these findings and explore more recent research that is changing our view of the deep-pelagic ocean.

Quantitative studies originating during the Census of Marine Life program, and continuing to this day, reveal the global importance of the deep-pelagic ocean as the “second engine” of the World Ocean, transferring carbon from the sunlit euphotic zone to the deep-ocean interior, the earth’s largest carbon reservoir. Mechanisms of connectivity and exchange will be discussed, along with a brief description of a new research initiative led by NSU scientists that aims to increase understanding of deep-ocean biophysical dynamics.

About the Lecture Series

The Climate-Sustainability Lecture Series highlights understanding of the science, technology, and policies relating to climate change and sustainable development. Experts in related fields from within NSU and other institutions are the featured speakers. The series provides faculty members and students the opportunity to discuss the scientific, technological, social, and policy aspects of sustainability-related issues. For more information, contact Song Gao, Ph.D., associate professor at the college, at

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