Marcia McNutt, Ph.D.


U.S. Geological Survey







Marcia McNutt is Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Nation’s largest water, Earth, biological science and civilian mapping agency whose mission is to provide the scientific data that enable decisionmakers to create sound policies for a changing world.

She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She was awarded by the American Geophysical Union the Macelwane Medal in 1988 for research accomplishments by a young scientist and the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her significant contributions to deep-sea exploration. She holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota, Colorado College, Monmouth University, and Colorado School of Mines.

Dr. McNutt received a bachelor’s in Physics from Colorado College and a doctorate in Earth Sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  She previously taught at MIT for 15 years and was director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute before being appointed to the USGS.