(born December 4, 1947) is an American environmental scientist
and marine ecologist
who teaches and conducts research at Oregon State University
. Her research interests include interactions between the environment and human well-being
, climate change, and sustainable use of oceans and the planet. From 2009 to 2013, she served as Administrator of NOAA
and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. In February 2021, she was appointed by President Joe Biden
to serve as Deputy Director for Climate and Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
During her time at NOAA, she was the Mimi and Peter Haas Distinguished Visitor in Public Service at Stanford University
(March–June 2013). In June 2013, she returned to Oregon State University where she was on the faculty prior to being invited by President-Elect Obama to serve on his 'science team.' Her many awards include the MacArthur
'genius' award in 1993 and more than 20 Honorary Degrees.
In 2002, ''Discover
'' magazine recognized Lubchenco as one of the 50 most important women in science. In 2010, she was named as the scientific journal ''Nature
's first Newsmaker of the Year.
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