Nancy Rabalais received B.S. (1972) and M.S. (1975) degrees from Texas A&I University in Kingsville and a Ph.D. (1983) from the University of Texas. Since 1983, she has been affiliated with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, where she is currently professor and executive director. Her scientific articles have appeared in such journals as Science, Nature, BioScience, and Biogeosciences.