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This event took place on 17 February 2022.

We are proud to present the Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Kerry Howell.

As populations rise and coastal resources dwindle, industry is pushing into deeper water to exploit new resources in order to meet growing demand. Fishing and oil extraction are going deeper than ever, while added pressures from potential developments in renewable energy and aquaculture are on the horizon. Set this growth in exploitation against the reality that the deep sea remains the least explored, least understood, and largest part of our planet, and we face a critical problem.

Professor of Deep Sea Ecology, Kerry Howell, has spent 20 years conducting fundamental research to inform sustainable management of deep-sea ecosystems. Her research aims to address questions around the impacts of human use on deep-sea ecosystems by providing the most basic of information, such as: what lives in the deep sea? Where is it and how does it live? What does it do? Critically, what is the importance of deep-sea life 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.

You are welcome to join us for University of Plymouth's Inaugural Professorial Lecture series, which provide a milestone event in a professorial career. Through these we can promote and celebrate the academic reputation and achievements within their research.

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