Professor Levy’s research has focused in several in areas of theoretical astrophysics, planetary geophysics, solar and space physics, and
magnetohydrodynamics, including the generation, behavior, and influence of magnetic fields in natural bodies, including the Earth, Sun, and planets, the origin of the geomagnetic reversal, and the theory of cosmic rays, physical processes associated with the formation of stars and planetary systems.
He served on the faculty of the University of Arizona from 1975 to 2000, where was also Head of the Planetary Sciences Department and Director of the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory (1983-1994) and Dean of the College of Science (1993-2000). Since 2000, Professor Levy has been on the faculty of Rice University, where he also served as Provost of the University (2000-2010).
Professor Levy is a recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, a Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, and served as Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He currently serves as Astronomy Representative to the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a member of the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council, and Chairs the NASA Planetary Protection Subcommittee. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Tan Tao University in Vietnam.