On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Berkeley Lab Director joined guest Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, for a wide-ranging conversation of her career and experiences, as part of the Director’s Distinguished Women in Science speaker series, a venue for women scientists to share their work and perspectives with the Lab community.
Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she served as editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals. Prior to joining Science, she was director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure, the USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Before joining the USGS, McNutt served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), in Moss Landing, California. McNutt began her academic career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she was the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and directed the Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering, jointly offered by MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. McNutt received a BA in physics from Colorado College and her PhD in Earth sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.