The deep sea remains the least explored, least understood, and largest part of our planet. It also faces increasing exploitation. Professor Kerry Howell has spent 20 years conducting fundamental research to inform sustainable management of deep-sea ecosystems, using pioneering technology and methods to answer the question: what lives in the deep sea and why is it important to society?

In this insightful lecture, Kerry reflects on her extensive research in supporting sustainable development of deep-sea ecosystems. Her experience includes working for UK Government on the development of the offshore Marine Protected Area network and Strategic Environmental Assessment. Since returning to academia, Kerry has led pioneering research defining, mapping and modelling deep-sea ecosystems and developed innovative technology solutions, such as using artificial intelligence to quickly identify species. Now as co-coordinator of Challenger 150, a UN-endorsed 10-year global scientific effort to study the deep sea, Kerry looks forward to what the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development holds for deep-sea science and particularly the role of new technology in this effort.

This event is part of the University of Plymouth’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture series, which provide a milestone event in a professorial career. The series will promote and celebrate the academic reputation and achievements within their research.


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