Spinrad teaches oceanography as a professor at Oregon State University and serves on the National Academies' Ocean Studies Board, the White House said Thursday. He was NOAA's chief scientist in the Obama administration and co-managed the White House Committee in pursuit of ocean research.
The oceanography professional is also a recipient of the U.S. Navy's Distinguished Civilian Service Award and the Presidential Rank Awards. The Navy award is a result of his time with the service as a senior executive.
Spinrad is among multiple nominees announced by President Biden on Earth Day.