Libby Jewett, Ph.D.
As of June 2023, Dr. Libby Jewett is serving as a marine ecologist and planner for the Offshore Wind Team in the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Before joining NEFSC, Dr. Libby Jewett founded and served as Director of the Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) in NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) from 2011 to 2023. She diversified the research portfolio from one focused primarily on ocean observing to cover biological impacts, forecasting of both chemistry and impacts and social science as well as a significant international footprint. Libby has a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Her PhD focused on the changes in community structure of hard-bottom communities, with a special focus on invasive species, in response to periodic hypoxia in the Chesapeake Bay where she conducted her field work. She served as a lead author on the IPCC AR6 Working Group 2 report focusing on North America, the last two World Ocean Assessments, the last three US National Climate Assessments and as NOAA lead for the Ocean Climate Action Plan released by the White House. Her work documenting the growing impacts of climate change on the ocean has inspired her to want to work on implementing climate change solutions, such as offshore wind, in a way that minimizes harm to the ocean, ocean life and coastal communities.
Founded the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program