Dr. Lubchenco serves as Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Prior to her Senate confirmation in early 2009, she resigned from the Board of Climate Central.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Lubchenco was Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon State University. Her research interests include marine ecology, climate change, and the connections between the environment and human well-being. She has been named one of the ‘Most Highly Cited’ ecologists in the world. She co-founded the Leopold Leadership Program, the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea, and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans.
She received a B.A. from Colorado College, an M.S. from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in marine ecology. She is a former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Council for Science, and The Ecological Society of America, and served on the National Science Board. She serves on the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Her honors include a MacArthur Fellowship; nine honorary degrees; the Heinz Award in the Environment; the AAAS Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology; and the Zayed International Environment Prize.
Dr. Lubchenco is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.