Marina Lévy started her scientific career with a master in Oceanography, Meteorology and Environment (1993) followed by a PhD in Oceanography (1996) at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Sorbonne Université, in Paris. Marina was a Postdoc fellow at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University between 1997 and 1998. Since 1998 she is back in Paris at LOCEAN-IPSL, working for CNRS. In parallel to her research activities, she is now the Deputy Director of the Ocean, Climate and Ressources Department of the French Research Institute for Sustainable Development, IRD.
Marina studies the interactions between ocean physics, biogeochemistry, plankton and marine ecosystems, with a particular focus on the role of ocean turbulence, and with the final goal of being able to make better predictions for the future, particularly with regard to the carbon cycle. Her primary research tools are regional, bio-physical models which Marina uses and develops to guide her interpretations of satellite and in-situ observations. Most of her work on oxygen is through long-term collaborations with the NIO in India, IMARPE in Peru, NYU-Abu Dhabi and Princeton University.