is Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon
State University. She has been a MacArthur Fellow and a Pew
Scholar in Conservation and the Environment. Dr. Lubchenco is a
past president of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science and of the Ecological Society of America. She currently
serves on the Council of the National Academy of Sciences and is
President-Elect of the International Council for Science (ICSU).
She serves on the Pew Oceans Commission, a national, independent
Commission charged with advising the nation on protecting living
Dr. Lubchenco was born
and raised in Denver; educated at Colorado College (B.A.), the University
of Washington (M.S.), and Harvard (Ph.D.); and has been awarded
six honorary doctoral degrees, most recently from Princeton University.
She was named Oregon Scientist of the Year in 1994 by the Oregon
Academy of Sciences and has been honored by election to the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and
the American Philosophical Society. Dr. Lubchenco is serving her
second term on the National Science Board, a position for which
she was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate.
She chaired the Task Force, which drafted the milestone National
Science Board report "Environmental Science and Engineering
for the 21st Century."
A marine ecologist by
training, Dr. Lubchenco's current
research interests include marine conservation, biological diversity,
ecological causes and consequences of global changes, sustainable
ecological systems, marine reserves and aquaculture. Her research
focuses on rocky intertidal shores and near-shore coastal ecosystems
around the world. She is the Principal Investigator for a $20 million
research project, the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies
of Coastal Oceans (PISCO): A Long-Term Ecological Consortium, a
interdisciplinary team of scientists investigating the nearshore
ecosystems along the coasts of Oregon and California. She co-chaired
a Working Group on Marine Reserves at the National Center for Ecological
Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California at Santa
Barbara. Two of her papers have been named Science Citation Classics.
She co-founded and leads
the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program that trains scientists to be
better communicators to multiple audiences and is a principal in
COMPASS, the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea.
Dr. Lubchenco is a Director
or Trustee of Environmental Defense, the Monterey Bay Aquarium,
SeaWeb, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Beijer Institute
and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and she serves on numerous
local, national and international advisory boards.
Dr. Lubchenco and her
husband Dr. Bruce Menge, have been pioneers in pursuing novel solutions
to combine family and academic careers. Each relinquished a full-time
Assistant Professorship (Jane at Harvard and Bruce at the University
of Massachusetts at Boston) to accept a half-time tenure-track Assistant
Professorship at OSU in 1977. This arrangement of splitting a single
faculty position allowed each to teach and conduct research, but
also to spend significant amounts of time with their young children.
After 13 years on fractional appointments, each resumed a full-time
position. Their two sons are now in their 20's. In view of
the success of this arrangement, Drs. Lubchenco and Menge are strong
advocates for part-time but tenure-track faculty appointments.