A former Oregon State University professor is stepping down from a top post in the Obama administration. Jane Lubchenco told her staff Wednesday that she's leaving her job as head of the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration.
As NOAA’s administrator, Lubchenco has been responsible for fisheries policy and managing sea lions and other marine mammals. She has also overseen the National Weather Service.
She was in the Northwest last month to speak out about threats to ocean health caused by increased carbon emissions.
Before President Obama brought Lubchenco into his administration, she was a professor of marine ecology at Oregon State University. In her email to NOAA staff, Lubchenco wrote that she will return to her family and academia at the end of February.