Jane Lubchenko

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Dr. Jane Lubchenco is one of the most highly cited marine ecologists and environmental scientists in the world with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She has authored eight publications that are recognized as Science Citation Classics. Currently, Dr. Lubchenco is the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She was nominated by President Obama in 2008 as part of his science team.

Dr. Lubchenco is past-president of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Council for Science, and the Ecological Society of America, and she was a board member for the National Science Board. She also served on the National Academy of Sciences study on "Policy Implications of Global Warming" under the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She served on several commissions, including the Pew Oceans Commission, the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative, the Aspen Institute Arctic Commission, and the Council of Advisors for Google Ocean.

Honors and Awards

She has received numerous awards – including a MacArthur genius award and 14 honorary doctorates. She was named 2010 Newsmaker of the Year by the scientific journal Nature.

In addition to being an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Royal Society, and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Europe and Chile, Dr. Lubchenco co-founded three organizations – The Leopold Leadership Program, the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS), and Climate Central – that aim to communicate scientific knowledge to the public, policy makers, media and industry.


She received her B.A. in biology from Colorado College, her M.S. in zoology from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University. Her academic career as a professor began at Harvard University (1975-1977) and continued at Oregon State University (1977 - 2009) until her appointment as NOAA administrator.

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