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Jane Lubchenco and Richard Alley

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Earlier this year OSU’s marine ecologist, Jane Lubchenco, was confirmed as the undersecretary of the U.S. Commerce Department for oceans and atmosphere (and, in turn, as the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). We’ve been lining up to speak with her for a while and now our time has come. She’s coming back to Oregon for a visit this week and on Friday she’ll spend some time with us.

While in Oregon Dr. Lubchenco will discuss stimulus money that’s coming to the state in the form of habitat restoration projects. She’ll meet with fishermen in Newport to talk about fisheries management — and marine reserves, I am sure. And there’s little doubt that she’ll also be asked some questions about salmon recovery on the Columbia and her plan for a National Climate Service.

After Dr. Lubchenco leaves us (at 9:35) we’ll be joined by renowned climate change researcher, Richard Alley.

He’s a professor of geoscience at Pennsylania State University and he’s visiting Oregon, as part of an international climate change conference at Oregon State University. His presentation there will be on sea levels rising. He’s written over 170 refereed scientific publications on ice and climate and was one of the authors of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Both of these acclaimed scientists will answer your questions. Are you a fisherman, a scientist, an environmentalist? What do you want to ask them?


  • Jane Lubchenco: Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. In role she serves as Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • Richard Alley: Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University 


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