OSTP Press Release: Dr. Jane Lubchenco Joins White House Science Team to Lead Initiatives in Climate and Environment Science
"Dr. Jane Lubchenco Joins White House Science Team to Lead Initiatives in Climate and Environment Science
Distinguished Scientist and Former NOAA Administrator to Serve as Deputy Director for Climate and Environment at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced that Dr. Jane Lubchenco has joined the Biden-Harris Administration as Deputy Director for Climate and Environment.
A Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University, Lubchenco previously served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the Obama-Biden Administration.
In this newly created role, Dr. Lubchenco will lead climate and environment science efforts in the White House, bringing an integrated approach that connects climate and environmental challenges with health, economic recovery, equity and sustainability. OSTP is responsible for critical climate and environment science efforts, including the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Climate Assessment."
The full press release can be downloaded below.
Coverage of Dr. Lubchenco's appointment in the Washington Post by Andrew Freedman:
In an interview, Lubchenco said her aim is to seek to promote solutions to global warming that would have tangible benefits for working class Americans, in keeping with Biden’s “Build Back Better” campaign.
“I frankly relish the opportunity to represent a president who values the science,”
she said, noting that for Biden, complex issues such as climate change are ultimately about people on the ground. “I really like that he always brings policy back to people. … It’s very grounded in what’s real.”
Lubchenco will be the top climate scientist at OSTP, serving under Lander, a prominent geneticist. She will work with the White House climate adviser, former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, as well as the myriad federal agencies that conduct climate science research, from NASA to the Energy Department.
“Dr. Lubchenco is deeply devoted to practical, science-based solutions that have a meaningful impact on the everyday lives of American families,” McCarthy said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working alongside her in this historic, newly named role to battle climate change and improve the lives of Americans for generations to come.”
Read the full article here: www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/03/19/white-house-science-climate-lubchenco-ostp/
Dr. Lubchenco delivered opening plenary remarks at the 2020 Capitol Hill Oceans Week, titled "A New Ocean Narrative Requires a Biodiversity Awakening"
Dr. Lubchenco presented the inagural Mary Sears Medal Lecture at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, California.
Additional information about the medal can be found here: tos.org/sears-medal
Interview with Dr. Kiki Sanford of This Week in Science podcast.
Jane Lubchenco helped change the field of ecology by making the science useful to society.
Coastal science and societies
Authored by Ann Finkbeiner
February 4, 2020 https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/an-ecologist-organizes-the-world/
Jane’s Our Ocean Conference remarks in response to BBC’s Susannah Streeter’s questions: ‘Why do we need science?’ and ‘Is the ocean doomed?’
Oslo, 24 October, 2019
Video courtesy of the Norwegian Government
The ocean is key to achieving climate and societal goals
Ocean-based approaches can help close mitigation gaps
By Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Eliza Northrop, Jane Lubchenco27 SEPTEMBER 2019 • VOL 365 ISSUE 6460
High-profile international commitments for ocean protection: Empty promises or meaningful progress?
Kirsten Grorud-Colvert∗ , Vanessa Constant, Jenna Sullivan-Stack, Katherine Dziedzic, Sara L. Hamilton, Zachary Randell, Heather Fulton-Bennett, Zechariah D. Meunier, Silke Bachhuber, Alissa J. Rickborn, Barbara Spiecker, Jane Lubchenco
As 2020 approaches, countries are accelerating their commitments to protect 10% of the ocean by establishing and expanding marine protected areas (MPAs) and other area-based protections. Since it began in 2014, the Our Ocean Conference (OOC) has become a high-profile platform to announce ocean commitments. To evaluate the impact of these promises, this analysis asked: (1) What are the MPA commitments? (2) Who is making them? (3) Have these announcements been followed by action? and (4) Have they contributed significantly to ocean protection? A systematic review of the 143 MPA announcements made at the four OOCs between 2014 and 2017 (and the 202 individual actions they encompassed) concluded that the numbers and sectors of announcers, as well as the types of actions, increased over time. Fifty-two countries and 52 other organizations made OOC commitments, 46% of which have been completed and 56% of which are still incomplete. Thirteen countries and 17 organizations have completed all of their actions. All organizations and 48 out of 52 countries have made some progress on their actions, but no evidence of progress could be found for actions from four countries. OOC announcements have promised to protect 3.4% of the ocean (12,279,931 km2). To date, 43% of that promised area has been implemented, with another 57% yet to be implemented. Based on these findings, a number of actions are recommended to improve the clarity and traceability of OOC announcements, facilitate the monitoring of outcomes, and deliver on the promise of accountability emphasized at the OOCs.