In addition to being a Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Lubchenco is OSU’s Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology. Except for a federal appointment, she has been at OSU since 1977, where her research has focused on community ecology, conservation biology, biodiversity, global change and sustainability. Lubchenco served as the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 2009 to 2013, the first woman to serve in that capacity. Her awards have included McArthur and Pew fellowships, the Nirenberg Prize from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and several honorary degrees. In 1997 she served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.