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Jane Lubchenco

Assumed office 
March 20, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Conrad C. Lautenbacher

Born December 4, 1947 (1947-12-04) (age 62)
Denver, Colorado
Profession marine biologist

Dr. Jane Lubchenco (born December 4, 1947)[1] is an American environmental scientist and marine ecologist. On March 19, 2009, she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first woman to serve as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).[2]

The Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Oregon State University Distinguished Professor of Zoology, she is actively engaged in teaching, research, synthesis, and communication of scientific knowledge.[3] She grew up in Colorado, received her undergraduate degree from Colorado College in 1969[4], received her PhD and taught at Harvard University.

Lubcheno's research interests include biodiversity, climate change, sustainability science, and the state of the oceans. She has received numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship, eight honorary degrees (including one from Princeton University), the 8th Annual Heinz Award in the Environment (2002)[5], and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (2003). Between 1997 and 1998, she served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Following her confirmation to head NOAA and to serve as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Lubchenco declared that science would guide the agency and that she expects it to play a role in developing a green economy.[2]


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