The Honorable Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Dr. Lubchenco is currently on loan from OSU to the White House to serve as Deputy Director for Climate and Environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is not available to participate in OSU activities until she returns.
Dr. Lubchenco is a world-renowned marine biologist and environmental scientist who has deep experience in the worlds of science, academia, public engagement, and government. She served as the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 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. Beginning in February, 2021, she is serving as Deputy Director for Climate and Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
She received her B.A. in biology from Colorado College, her 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. She returned to OSU to help champion the Marine Studies Initiative.