John Aber

John D. Aber is a professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. He began teaching at the University of New Hampshire in 1987. Dr. Aber’s areas of teaching and research specialization include environmental science; forest responses to global change, such as climate and pollution; and agroecosystems and sustainable agriculture. A grant through the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program allowed concepts developed studying forest ecosystems to be applied to agricultural systems. Through his time at UNH, many undergraduates have benefited from research mentorship by Dr. Aber. He says that it is always satisfying to see students gain real research experience, and that Dena’s project was especially interesting because of the direct application to sustainability and agricultural research right here at UNH. He also shared that it was impressive to see Dena, who had no real agricultural experience, tackle this kind of applied agricultural and sustainability project. Dena is the first Inquiry author Dr. Aber has mentored. He wholeheartedly believes in the importance of researchers writing for a general audience and says, “Translating science for general audiences is especially important now with so many in public life misusing or ignoring science. Making science accessible and applicable and convincing is a noble calling.”