Climate Change, Education, Marine and Coastal Areas
Summary of Achievements:
Dr. Jane Lubchenco is an environmental scientist and marine ecologist who is actively engaged in teaching, research, synthesis and communication of scientific knowledge. She grew up in Colorado, received her PhD. and taught at Harvard University. Twenty-seven years ago, she moved to Oregon State University where she is Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology. Her research interests include biodiversity, climate change, sustainability science and the state of the oceans.
Jane actively promotes science and communicates scientific knowledge in international and national arenas. She is President of the International Council for Science (the first woman president in the 70+ year-old organization). She has also served as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and of the Ecological Society of America. She is serving a second term on the National Science Board, having been twice nominated by President Clinton and twice confirmed by the U.S. Senate). She is often invited to testify before Congress, addresses the United Nations, or provide scientific advice to the White House, federal and international agencies, non-governmental organizations, religious leaders and leaders of business and industry. She co-chairs Oregon Governor Kulongoski's Advisory Group on Global Warming that will recommend actions the state should take to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
She served on the Pew Oceans Commission. She is a Director or Trustee of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, SeaWeb and Environmental Defense. She is Trustee Emerita of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and a former Trustee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Beijer International Institute for Ecological Economics and the World Resources Institute.
She has received numerous awards including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship, eight honorary degrees (including one from Princeton University), the 2002 Heinz Award in the Environment and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2003.