U.S. government investment in ocean research should at least equal that of the space program, Marcia McNutt told a White House symposium on oceanic and space research on June 12. McNutt is president of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and on July 1 assumes the presidency of AGU. She shared the platform with Neil Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York.
Speaking at the ninth in a series of “Millennium Lectures” hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton, McNutt outlined some of the dramatic discoveries ocean scientists have made in recent years, in particular, the discovery of deep-ocean life that is not dependent on photosynthesis. She said that dramatic advances in our understanding of the oceans were aided by manned and remotely operated submersible exploration vehicles,and also by satellites.