Obama's NOAA appointee, Lubchenko, an environmental science heavyweight
Last week, President-elect Barack Obama nominated Oregon State University professor Jane Lubchenco to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. See Washington Post and New York Times. According to her home state paper, The Oregonian, Ms. Lubchenco is "an internationally known marine ecologist who is deeply concerned about climate change and overfishing." In addition to implementation of the Endangered Species Act in marine affairs, Lubchenco will oversee federal regulation of oceans (including issues such as coral reef and marine sanctuary protection), satellite operations, weather prediction (including global warming science) and fish harvests. Wikipedianotes that her impressive list of credentials includes "a MacArthur Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship, eight honorary degrees (including one from Princeton University), the 8th Heinz Award in the Environment (2002) and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (2003)... and 1997-98 president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science." Notably, Oceana and NRDC praised the nomination.
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