One paper I know well and have cited in my own work is the co-authored paper in Science showing the influence of humans on the biosphere. That's now been cited, a-hem, over 6000 times (that one will be for Conservation Biology class). She has other papers that have been cited hundreds of times and are probably considered classics in marine biology.
Most of her career has been at Oregon State University as a lowly professor. That changed in 2009 when she took over the reigns at NOAA. It was during this time I noticed change change became a prominent issue (and rightfully so).
Hats off to you Dr. Lubchenco!
Here's a nice video summarizing her early research: