December 18, 2008
Alyssa Oliveri, 202-293-6200 ext. 211 (w), 202-277-7074 (c)
Laura Cantral, 202-354-6444
PRESS STATEMENT FROM: The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative

December 18, 2008 (Washington, D.C.) – The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative
strongly supports and commends President-elect Obama’s selection of Dr. Jane
Lubchenco as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr.
Lubchenco has served as a prominent commissioner for the Joint Initiative since its
formation in 2005. The decision not only marks an historic moment for NOAA but also
demonstrates that the new administration values science as a key driver of national
“Dr. Lubchenco comes into this role from a critical intersection of policy and science,”
said Leon E. Panetta, former White House chief-of-staff and co-chair of the Joint
Initiative. “NOAA’s increasing focus on climate change research, as well as its power to
influence and implement national ocean policy, demands a leader of Jane’s capabilities.
You will not find anyone more respected in her ability to bridge these two worlds
seamlessly than Jane.”
Dr. Lubchenco is one of the nation’s leading marine biologists. In addition to serving as a
commissioner for the Joint Initiative, Dr. Lubchenco works as a Wayne and Gladys
Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon
State University. She also leads the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal
Oceans, a team of scientists who study the coasts of Washington, Oregon and
California. In addition, she was a presidential appointee for two terms on the National
Science Board, which advises the President and Congress and oversees the National
Science Foundation. Dr. Lubchenco also has testified before the U.S. House of
Representatives Select Committee on Energy Dependence and Global Warming, and
has been instrumental in the coordination of the West Coast Governors’ Agreement on
Ocean Health.
“Selecting Jane sends a clear signal that this administration plans to base its policy on
science, while also recognizing ocean issues as a key factor in the strategy to address
climate change.” said Admiral James D. Watkins (U.S. Navy, Ret.), co-chair of the Joint
Initiative. “We are confident that Jane’s talent and knowledge as a world-class marine
scientist will greatly advance our efforts to pursue an aggressive ocean policy.”
For more information on the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, its work and Dr.
Lubchenco’s role as a Joint Initiative commissioner, please visit

~ by fredfelleman on December 19, 2008.

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