Marine Science Pioneer Award Ceremony Honoring Dr. Marcia McNutt

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Award Luncheon: 12 p.m.


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The Jacksonville University Marine Science Pioneer Award is presented to an exemplary leader in marine science whose visionary leadership has served as an inspiration to others, particularly students. Their influence extends well beyond marine science. This extraordinary individual fully embraces the University's ideal of a lifelong learner, bringing to bear their remarkable talents to create new opportunities to lead, live, and learn.

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Marine Science Pioneer Award Recipient

Dr. Marcia-McNutt

About Award Winner Dr. Marcia McNutt

President, National Academy of Sciences

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 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 ofmajor disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. McNutt led a team of government scientists and engineers at BP headquarters in Houston who helpedcontain the oil and cap the well. She directed the flow rate technical group that estimated the rate of oildischarge during the spill’s active phase. For her contributions, she was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. Before joining the USGS, McNutt served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), in Moss Landing, California. During her time at MBARI, the institution became a leader in developing biological and chemical sensors forremote ocean deployment,installed the first deep-sea cabled observatory in U.S. waters, and advanced the integration of artificialintelligence into autonomous underwater vehicles for complex undersea missions.

From 2000 to 2002, McNutt served as president of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She waschair of the Board of Governors for Joint Oceanographic Institutions, responsible for operating theInternational OceanDrillingProgram’s vessel JOIDES Resolutionand associated research programs.McNutt began her academic career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she wasthe 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. Her research area is the dynamics of the upper mantle and lithosphere on geologic time scales, work thathas taken her to distant continents and oceans for field observations.

She is a veteran of more than a dozen deep-sea expeditions, on most of which she was chief or co-chief scientist.McNutt received a B.A. in physics from Colorado College and her Ph.D. in Earthsciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She holds honorary doctoral degrees from the Colorado College, the University of Minnesota, Monmouth University, the Colorado School of Mines, University of Miami, Uppsala University, Michigan State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, George Washington University,Boston University, Texas A&M University, and Indiana University Bloomington.

McNutt is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, UK,the Russian Academyof Sciences, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.She is a fellow of AGU, the Geological Society of America,the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy.In 1988, she was awarded AGU’s Macelwane Medal for research accomplishments by a young scientist, and she received the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her contributions to deep-seaexploration.

Past Award Recipients