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Jane Lubchenco - Bio

The Honorable JANE LUBCHENCO, Ph.D.

Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University, is a marine ecologist with expertise in the ocean, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She served as the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and an inaugural member of President Barack Obama’s Science Team from 2009-2013. From 2014-2016, she was the first U.S. State Department Science Envoy for the Ocean, serving as a science diplomat to China, Indonesia, South Africa, Mauritius and the Seychelles. Dr. Lubchenco is one of the “most highly cited” ecologists in the world with eight publications as “Science Citation Classics.” She believes in using science and engaging society to craft solutions to society’s biggest challenges. She has a history of collaborations with industry, communities, civil society, academia, and faith-based organizations to address climate change, reform fisheries, restore coastal habitats and promote resilient communities. She believes we can harness science and creativity and work with each other and nature to achieve healthy and resilient ocean ecosystems, productive landscapes, vibrant communities and people.

In recognition of her scientific contributions, she is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The American Philosophical Society, the Royal Society, The World Academy of Science, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and other distinguished academies. She has received numerous awards including 23 honorary doctorates and the highest honors given by the National Academy of Sciences (the Public Welfare Medal) and the National Science Foundation (the Vannevar Bush Award). She co-founded three organizations that train scientists to be better communicators and engage more effectively with the public, policy makers, media and industry. She co-founded an integrated research/monitoring/outreach program (PISCO, the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans); the National Ocean Protection Coalition, and the MPA Project which seeks to advance smart use of Marine Protected Areas. She co-chairs the Group of Experts for the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.

Dr. Lubchenco received a B.A. in biology from Colorado College, a M.S. in zoology from the University of Washington, and a 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. Following her resignation from NOAA, she was the 2013 Haas Distinguished Visitor in Public Service at Stanford University. She then accepted the offer to return to Oregon State University as the University Distinguished Professor.

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Jane Lubchenco - CV

Curriculum Vitae
University Distinguished Professor
Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology
Marine Studies Advisor to the President of

Oregon State University

B.A. 1969, Colorado College (Biology; Ford Foundation Independent Study Scholar)
M.S. 1971, University of Washington (Zoology; advisors R.T. Paine, A.J. Kohn)
Ph.D. 1975, Harvard University (Ecology; advisors T.W. Schoener, F.E. Smith)

Assistant Professor, 1975-1977, Harvard University.
Assistant Professor, 1977 1982, Associate Professor 1982-88, Oregon State University (OSU).
N.B.: From 1977-1989, Dr. Lubchenco worked part-time, by choice, so she could spend more time with her two young sons. She held a 0.5 FTE tenure-track, then tenured appointment for ten years, followed by a 0.75 FTE appointment for two years; in 1989, she returned to full-time.
Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution, 1978-1984.
Visiting Professor: University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, 1976; Smithsonian Tropical
Research Institute, Panama, 1975-1984; Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile, 1986; Institute of Oceanography, Academica Sinica, Qingdao, P.R. China, 1987; University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1994-95, 1999-2000, 2002-2003.
Professor 1988-2009; Chair, Department of Zoology 1989-92; Distinguished Professor 1993-2009,
OSU (2009-2013 on leave while serving as NOAA Administrator), 2013-present; Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology 1995-2009, 2013-present, OSU; Distinguished University Professor and Marine Studies Advisor to the President and Provost 2014-present.
National Science Board, member 1996-2000, 2000-2006; nominated for each term by President William Jefferson Clinton and confirmed each time by the U.S. Senate
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), March 20, 2009 to February 27, 2013; (on leave from OSU). Nominated by Barack Obama December 20, 2008; confirmed by U.S. Senate March 19, 2009, resigned February 27, 2013.
Mimi and Peter Haas Distinguished Visitor in Public Service and Visiting Fellow, Center for Ocean
Solutions, Stanford University, March-June 2013 (on leave from OSU)
Inaugural U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean, U.S. State Department, 2014-2016, under Secretary John Kerry and President Obama (pro bono position).

Science, people, and the planet; the environment, climate and other global changes, and human well-being; social responsibilities of scientists; sustainability science; use-inspired science; biodiversity and conservation biology; natural capital; environmental solutions; communication of science to the public, private sector, and policy makers; state of the ocean, rocky intertidal seashores, and coastal upwelling ecosystems; ecosystem services; marine reserves; hypoxia (‘dead zones’); ocean acidification, evolutionary community ecology; plant-herbivore interactions; biogeography; mollusks; echinoderms; seaweeds.

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