Marcia K. McNutt, PhD, is the first female director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in its 130-year history. The USGS provides science advice for the nation in its mission areas of Water, Ecosystems, Energy and Minerals, Natural Hazards, Climate and Land Use Change, and Mapping. She previously led the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Dr. McNutt joined the MIT faculty in1982 and became the Griswold Professor of Geophysics. A distinguished scientist, Dr. McNutt has participated in 15 major oceanographic expeditions and served as chief scientist on more than half of those voyages.