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Dr. Lubchenco is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist with expertise in oceans, biodiversity, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being.  She served as Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 2009-2013 after being nominated by President Obama in December 2008 as part of his “Science Dream Team.” She received her B.A. in biology from Colorado College, M.S. in zoology from the University of Washington, and Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University. Her academic career as a professor began at Harvard (1975-1977) and continued at Oregon State University until her appointment as NOAA administrator. Jane is one of the “most highly cited” ecologists in the world; eight of her publications are recognized as “Science Citation Classics”; she is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society and The World Academy of Sciences.  She has served as president of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). She served on the Pew Oceans Commission, the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative, the Aspen Institute Arctic Commission, Council of Advisors for Google Ocean and the Blue Ribbon Panel for the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Oceans. Dr. Lubchenco has received numerous awards including a MacArthur “genius” award, 19 honorary doctorates, the Heinz Award for the Environment, and the Blue Planet Prize. She was named “2010 Newsmaker of the Year” by the scientific journal Nature.  She promotes the concept of ‘a social contract for scientists’ in which scientists pursue and share knowledge that is relevant to society’s most pressing problems, and do so with transparency, honesty and humility. She co-founded three organizations that enhance communication of scientific knowledge to the public, policy makers, media and industry: The Leopold Leadership Program, the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS), and Climate Central, and she co-founded a research consortium, PISCO that focuses on understanding the near-shore along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.