Jane awarded the National Academy of Sciences 2017 Public Welfare Medal
See Jane's Acceptance and Presentation
April 30, 2017
May 5, 2017
The War on Science
It affects you and the people you care about
By Jane Lubchenco,
Distinguished University Professor and Adviser in Marine Sciences
I am a scientist. I went into science because I loved it. Now I’m fighting for science because it is at risk but absolutely central to our health, economy, security – indeed, our future.
I’ve always loved trying to figure out why things are the way they are. I was drawn to nature and people. Hiking the Colorado Rockies triggered endless questions about wildlife and provided ample opportunity for camaraderie as well as solitude during our ambitious one- to two-week backpacking trips.
Then, during a summer college class in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, I fell in love – with the ocean. I discovered a new world of intriguing creatures and habitats that occupy an astonishing 99 percent of the living space on our planet, provide half of the oxygen we breathe, supply healthy protein for billions, regulate the climate, and delight us with their majesty and mystery.
Later as a marine biologist, I spent countless happy hours unraveling some of those mysteries. However, over time, it became obvious that most of the ecosystems I studied were threatened by unintended consequences of human activities. I transitioned from seeking to understand the ocean to searching for innovative solutions to use it more sustainably.
For over two decades, I’ve worked with fishermen, other ocean users, communities, business leaders, managers, politicians, and scientists to find smart ways for people to use the ocean without using it up. Science is central to the task. It complements the knowledge that others bring. It helps us understand the likely consequences of different choices. It informs our thinking.
I’ve witnessed the powerful benefits that science and partnerships can bring: returning fisheries to sustainability and profitability, restoring coastal habitats to protect communities from storm surge, providing wildlife habitat and creating recreational opportunities and jobs. Science provides hope and tangible ways to recover the bounty of the ocean and to use it wisely to improve human well-being. Science points the way for people and nature to thrive together.
But this nascent progress and future solutions are now at great risk. Science is under attack as never before. The president’s proposed budget would slash science funding and threaten continued progress to improve weather forecasts, manage fisheries and forests, clean up our water and air, ensure food safety and make new scientific breakthroughs. The administration has already begun to muzzle and intimidate scientists and hide scientific findings from the public.
Let me be clear: These and other actions compromise our health, threaten our children’s and grandchildren’s future, erode our nation’s competitiveness, and undermine the very basis of our democracy – an informed citizenry.
In response to this war on science, scientists are rebelling against the dismissal of facts and evidence and marshalling support for rational approaches to decision-making, continued investments in science and citizens’ access to data.
The relationship between science and society is evolving. Scientists are learning to communicate better with non-scientists, becoming more involved in their communities, collaborating with others to find more solutions to complex challenges and making their voices heard. But science cannot fully serve society in a climate of intimidation, alternative facts and insufficient funds to implement existing and create new solutions.
Make no mistake: This is not a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats alike have provided strong support for science in the past. Some continue to stand up for the central role of science to improve the human condition and build a better world. But in today’s political chaos, elected representatives across the political spectrum need to hear from their constituents who value science, evidence and access to information. Our legislators need to know we will not stand for efforts to suppress and defund science because it underpins our way of life and our future.
We need science to continue to help us clean up our air and water, protect public health and safety, create jobs, conquer diseases, enhance security and provide hope for millions of people. But, unless enough of us stand up for science, our collective future is at risk.
Environmental science in a post- truth world
By Jane Lubchenco
Guest Editorial in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
The Latest Revision of The Science of Marine Protected Areas-Mediterranean Version Released
The Science of Marine Protected Areas summarizes data from MPAs around the world, with a focus on the Mediterranean Sea. The science shows that fully protected, well-designed, well-managed, and well-enforced MPAs can support the economy and culture of the Mediterranean region and protect important marine resources.
Jane's Acceptance Remarks at Oregon History Makers Medal Awards Dinner
October 9, 2016
Montgomery Park, Portland, Oregon
Jane Lubchenco Named As One of the 2016 Oregon Historical Society History Makers
Dr. Jane Lubchenco: Environmental Scientist and Marine Ecologist Oregon State University Professor Dr. Jane Lubchenco is a world renowned environmental scientist who from 2009-2013 was the first woman to serve as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She currently serves as the first U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean.
Jane Lubchenco receives the 2016 Linus Pauling Legacy Award
Jane is recipient of the 2016 Linus Pauling Legacy Award which was founded in 2001 by Pauling’s eldest son, Linus Pauling Jr., and was originally named the Linus Pauling Centennial Award. The Oregon State University Libraries assumed administrative responsibilities for the award in 2004 and have granted it biennially ever since.
Past recipients have included four Nobel Prize winners – Joseph Rotblat (2001), Roderick MacKinnon (2008), Roger Kornberg (2010), and Roald Hoffmann (2012).
Lubchenco will receive the Legacy Award and deliver a lecture at an event
that is free and open to the public.
"Scientists Making Waves and Bringing Hope"
2016 Linus Pauling Legacy Award Lecture, to be delivered by Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Tuesday, April 26th, 7:30 PM
Oregon Historical Society Museum, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland, Oregon
World Oceans Day: Ocean Acidification (VIDEO)
The Huffinton Post, The Blog
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), discusses the problem of ocean acidification and explains why its often referred to as "osteoporosis of the sea." Lubchenco, who has been studying the oceans for more than 40 years, she says she's seen things that brought her to tears. But she adds, "I've also seen places come back to life because people cared, because they were willing to do something...that's what we need more of." XPRIZE Insights is a video series that highlights the leading thinkers of our time.
Jane Lubchenco wins the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement
The 2015 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is awarded to Dr. Jane Lubchenco, a University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies at Oregon State University, in recognition of her achievements in marine biology, science education, policymaking, and public service. Dr. Lubchenco’s innovative research is well-known. From oceanic plant-herbivore interactions to durable opportunities to reverse degradation in marine systems, she has covered the many nuanced issues associated with ocean stewardship and marine resource protection. In addition to her scientific accomplishments, she is well known for her leadership in highlighting global matters, such as marine ecosystem security and climate change, and bringing them to the forefront of policy development.