From The Stanford Daily (Emily Zheng):
President Obama announced last week that he will nominate Marcia McNutt, professor of geophysics at Stanford, as the next director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and science advisor to the Secretary of the Interior. “Marcia is a strong and experienced leader and a great scientist, and she understands the breath of issues that the USGS deals with,” said Pamela Matson, dean of the School of Earth Sciences. “She’s a perfect choice.”[…]
A member of the University’s faculty for over 20 years, McNutt has worked in the past with the USGS at its Menlo Park branch on earthquake studies, in particular regarding quake prediction. She has also been the president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) since 1997.