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Jane Lubchenco

Oregon State University, Former Under Secretary of Commerce for NOAA

Jane Lubchenco

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The Honorable Dr. Jane Lubchenco

Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University, is a marine ecologist with expertise in the ocean, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and as part of President Barack Obama’s Science Team (2009-2013), and as the first U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean, a pro bono position with the State Department (2014-2016). She is one of the “most highly cited” ecologists in the world with eight publications as “Science Citation Classics.” She received her PhD in ecology from Harvard University and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, among other distinguished academies. She has received numerous awards including 20 honorary doctorates and the highest honor given by the National Academy of Sciences, the Public Welfare Medal. She co-founded three organizations that train scientists to be better communicators and engage more effectively with the public, policy makers, media and industry: The Leopold Leadership Program, COMPASS, and Climate Central. She is passionate about scientists engaging with citizens to create knowledge and craft durable solutions to enable vibrant communities, strong economies and a healthy planet.  

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