Jane Lubchenco is an American ecologist with expertise in the ocean, climate change, biodiversity, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She is University Distinguished Professor and Valley Professor of Marine Biology at Oregon State University and an elected member of The World Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, Academia Chilena de Ciencias, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, inter alia.
She served the scientific community as President of the International Council for Science (ICSU, 2002-05); President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, 1996-7); and President of the Ecological Society of America (1992-3). She has served various positions in the U.S. government: on the National Science Board (1996-2006); as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA; 2009-13); as the first U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean (2014-16); and since February 2021 as the Deputy Director for Climate and Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Her numerous awards recognize her leadership, service, and contributions to science andsociety.