MacArthur Fellows Program

Jane Lubchenco

Marine Biologist | Class of 1993

Marine Biologist
Corvallis, Oregon
46 at time of award
Published July 1, 1993

About Jane's Work

Jane Lubchenco is a marine biologist, whose work focuses on conservation biology and environmental protection.

Lubchenco has advanced the understanding of intertidal communities, coevolutionary interactions between plants and herbivores and predators and prey, foraging tactics, community dynamics, and a series of other topics in population and community ecology.  In addition to her research in marine biology, Lubchenco has made contributions to policy analysis and formulation in the conservation sciences.  She has served as the president of the Ecological Society of America (1992-94), and was the driving force behind that organization’s Sustainable Biosphere Initiative, which is of international importance in defining research priorities in the areas of global change, biodiversity, and the development of sustainable, ecological systems.  She was president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1997-98).


Lubchenco is the Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and the Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where she has taught since 1977.  Since 1978, she has been a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution.

Lubchenco received a B.A. (1969) from Colorado College, an M.S. (1971) from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. (1975) from Harvard University.

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