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John D. Aber is professor[1] of Natural Resources & the Environment at the University of New Hampshire, and is also affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at UNH.[2][3]

John D. Aber
ResidenceUnited States
NationalityUnited States
Alma materYale University
Known forRestoration ecology
Scientific career
FieldsEcology, Environment
InstitutionsUniversity of New Hampshire


Aber received a Bachelor's degree in engineering and applied science (computer science) from Yale University in 1971 and Master's and Ph.D. degrees in 1973 and 1976 in forestry and environmental studies at Yale.[2][3] He was provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of New Hampshire (2009-2013) and Vice President for Research and Public Service (2003-2007). He is a scientist, educator, administrator and one of the world's leading ecologists. Aber is internationally known for his groundbreaking work on nitrogen cycling, sustainable ecosystem management, climate change, and the effects of acid rain on forests. His applied studies of basic research on nutrients movements through forests has had a major role defining the field of ecosystem ecology.[4] The scientific field of restoration ecology was properly identified by Aber and William Jordan while they were at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[5][6] In 1991, Aber published Terrestrial Ecosystems with Jerry Melillo, which was the first textbook on the ecology of whole ecosystems.[7] Aber was selected as one of the four 2012 honorees of the Wilbur Cross Medal by the Yale Alumni Association.[4]

Research areaEdit

Aber's research area is sustainable ecosystem management. He has applied concepts learned during the 30 years of studying native forest ecosystems, managed woodlots and pastures. One of his active projects is nutrient and energy balance of the UNH's Organic Dairy Research Farm's which is first in the world. The focus is reducing dependence on external sources of energy and bedding by changing the farm's environmental footprint with static pile aerobic composting techniques to generate heat energy for farm usage. This project is supported by the USDA and AUES and provides research opportunities for undergraduates, graduates and stakeholders. His work measures and monitors the Nitrogen footprint of the University and assesses the value of Life Cycle Analysis in determining environmental impacts.[2][3]


Aber has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications and the basic text in his field called, "Terrestrial Ecosystems."[4]

  1. Terrestrial Ecosystems, John D. Aber, Jerry M. Melillo, March 9, 2001, Cengage Learning[8]
  2. Forests in Time: The Environmental Consequences of 1,000 Years of Change in New England, David R. Foster (Editor), John D. Aber (Editor), 10, March, 2004, Yale University Press[8][9]
  3. Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape by David R. Foster, John D. Aber (Contributor), Elizabeth A. Colburn (Contributor), Charles T. Driscoll (Contributor), Malcolm L. Hunter Jr. (Contributor), Lloyd C. Irland (Contributor), Aaron M. Ellison (Contributor), William S. Keeton (Contributor) ... , September 1, 2010, Harvard University Forest[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Aber lives in Durham, New Hampshire, with his wife Lynn and has three adult children.[10]


  1. ^ "John Aber Awarded University Professorship", UNH Campus Journal, April 22, 2009, retrieved February 19, 2015
  2. ^ a b c "John D. Aber in the University of New Hampshire". Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "John D. Aber in the University of New Hampshire Department of Natural Resources & the Environment". Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Yale University Graduate School to honor four alumni". October 5, 2010. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "Bibliography of Scientific Papers". Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Restoration Ecology". Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "History of the Ecosystems Center". Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "Good Reads". Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  9. ^ "Forests in Time". Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  10. ^ "University of New Hampshire's News". Retrieved 18 February 2015.

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