The Hill

Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is departing after a tenure that increased NOAA's work on climate change and included key work on the federal response to BP's 2010 offshore oil spill.

Lubchenco, a Ph.D. ecologist and former professor, told staff in an email Wednesday that she will "return to my family and academia" at the end of February.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this Administration by leading NOAA," she said in a separate statement.

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