Geophysicist Marcia McNutt, currently President and CEO of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, is going to be the next director of the US Geological Survey. She will join this group of people, who (as Andrew Alden pointed out), are all men. (Cian Dawson points out on Twitter that the current acting director is also a woman – but it’s still cool to see Marcia McNutt in a list with John Wesley Powell!)
Andrew points out that Dr. McNutt will also be the first geoscientist to be the science advisor to the Secretary of the Interior.
(And check out the profile published by Geotimes in 2005. It’s currently timing out on me, so I can’t double-check the facts, but I believe she mentions dealing with three daughters as good preparation for management.)
(And I should add that this is the first time in my professional career that I’ve known the scientific reputation of a new USGS director.)