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Jane Lubchenco Oral History Interviews. October 2014 - April 2015

Jane Lubchenco Oral History Interviews

Two life history interviews conducted by Janice Dilg.

October 2014 - April 2015

Location:  Cordley Hall, Oregon State University.

Jane Lubchenco (b. 1947), Distinguished Professor of Zoology, is among the most accomplished scientists to have ever served as a member of the OSU faculty. Professors in the Zoology Department since 1977, Lubchenco and her husband, Bruce Menge, have contributed greatly to the scientific understanding of marine ecosystems around the world. Since the late 1980s, Lubchenco has also been actively involved in the formation of science policy, especially as it relates to the nation's coastlines and oceanic environments. In 2009 Lubchenco was confirmed as the first female head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a post that she held until 2013. Her interviews discuss the arc of her education, her career path, highlights of her research program, her increasing interest in public policy, and her tenure as leader of NOAA.