Former Interior official to lead major scientific journal

“Thirty-five years ago, when I was a graduate student and my very first research paper was published in Science, I do not think I could ever have dreamed that one day I would have the honor of becoming editor-in-chief of this most distinguished journal,” McNutt said in a statement Tuesday.

McNutt’s work at Interior included a major role in efforts to gauge the amount of oil flowing out of BP’s ruptured Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Before joining Interior she was chief executive officer of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and has also been a professor of geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

McNutt earned a PhD in earth sciences through studies at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California.

“I am both excited by new opportunities to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery by improving interdisciplinary scientific communication, and humbled by the reputations and accomplishments of the editors-in-chief who have served before me. I very much look forward to working with the talented editors and all of the terrific staff at AAAS to further the mission and vision of the Science family of journals,” she said Tuesday.