image of Marcia McNutt Marcia K. McNutt is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing, California. She received a B.A. degree in physics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She studied geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, where she earned a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences in 1978. She spent three years working on the problem of earthquake prediction at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, before joining the faculty at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While at MIT, Dr. McNutt was appointed the Griswold Professor of Geophysics. She also served as Director of the Joint Program in Oceanography and Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, a cooperative graduate educational program between MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In 1988, she won the Macelwane Award from the American Geophysical Union for outstanding research by a young scientist. Dr. McNutt's principal research involves the use of marine geophysical data to study the physical properties of the earth beneath the oceans. Recent projects include the history of volcanism in French Polynesia and how it relates to broad-scale convection in the earth's mantle, continental break-up in the western United States, and the uplift of the Tibet plateau. Her research is both theoretical and field-based, using data she has collected on nearly two dozen oceanographic expeditions. Dr. McNutt is also the President-Elect of the American Geophysical Union.