Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences News

March 28, 2024

Bigelow Laboratory Senior Research Scientist and Vice President for Research Beth Orcutt was recently in Washington D.C. to participate in a panel exploring the environmental, technological, and policy challenges around deep-sea mining. The event, hosted by the Oceans Caucus Foundation and the Senate and House Oceans Caucus, was moderated by a representative from the Congressional Research Service and included panelists from the Wilson Center and U.S. State Department. As a microbial ecologist, Orcutt’s research focuses on illuminating how deep-sea ecosystems function and respond to change. With that expertise, she has been active in international discussions around deep-sea mining, working to ensure that science — and science-informed policy — remains front and center.


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