Dr. Jane Lubchenco is a Distinguished Professor and Adviser in Marine Studies, U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean at Oregon State University. Previously she was Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she worked to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. From daily weather forecasts to fisheries management, the NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality. Lubchenco was the first woman appointed NOAA administrator. Lubchenco is one of the most highly cited ecologists in the world, and eight of her publications are recognized as “Science Citation Classics.”

Lubchenco has received numerous awards including a MacArthur “genius” award. Lubchenco 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.