SMU presents Marcia McNutt
Geophysicist Marcia McNutt will be interviewed by Krys Boyd, host of KERA’s mid-day program, Think. McNutt’s visit, sponsored by SMU Reads, complements the 2018 SMU Reads common reading selection, Lab Girl, by paleobiologist Hope Jahren.
McNutt will speak about her myriad experiences, serving as lead scientist on deep-sea diving explorations, leading the team of scientists charged with containing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and, as the first woman editor of Science, becoming an outspoken voice in support of evidence-based decision-making.
McNutt’s career includes researching volcano hot spots beneath French Polynesia as a graduate student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and mentoring young scientists as a faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was the first female president and CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, California, and the first woman to lead the United States Geologic Survey (2009-2013), where she confronted what she called her “Omaha Beach,” leading the team that capped 60,000 gallons of oil leaking daily into the ocean after the explosion of Deepwater Horizon.