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Dr. Jane Lubchenco is an environmental scientist and marine ecologist who is actively engaged in teaching, research, synthesis and communication of scientific knowledge. Her research expertise include biodiversity, climate change, sustainability science and the state of the oceans. She grew up in Denver and received her B.A. from Colorado College. At 21 she was seduced by marine biology during a course in invertebrate zoology at Woods Hole. She has lived near oceans ever since. She received her PhD. and was Assistant Professor at Harvard University. In moving to Oregon State University in 1978, Jane and her husband Bruce Menge pioneered an arrangement that allowed both to continue to teach and do research but also devote considerable time to their young children: they each held a tenure-track 0.5 FTE position. At OSU, she is Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology. She has received numerous awards including a a MacArthur Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship, eight honorary degrees (including one from Princeton University), the 2002 Heinz Award for the Environment, and the 2003 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She has 8 Science Citation Classic or top 0.25% papers. She has been president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Council for Science; was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of The Royal Society and an associate of The Third World Academy of Sciences; and was nominated to the National Science Board by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate. She is founder and co-chair of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program and lead PI of PISCO, the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (an interdisciplinary consortium of scientists collaborating to understand the near-shore portion of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem off the west coast of the U.S. She recently co-chaired Governor Kulongoski's Advisory Group on Global Warming and has provided scientific advice to congress, U.S. presidents, other heads of state, CEOs of major businesses and religious leaders around the world.