John Aber has been a professor of environmental sciences at the University of New Hampshire since 1987, and was Vice President for Research from 2003 to 2007, and Provost (Vice President for Academics) from 2009-2013. He is currently one of four University Professors at UNH.
Dr. Aber's Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees are all from Yale University. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1978-1987), and the University of Virginia (1977-1978), following a post-doctoral year at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. He was a Charles Bullard Fellow at Harvard University in 1996. In 2003, Dr. Aber was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In 2012 he received the Wilbur Cross Medal for excellence in academic achievement from Yale University, and from 2010-2012 served on the University Council (advisory to the President), while chairing a review of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He was named a Distinguished Professor at the University of New Hampshire in 2003, and was awarded a University Professorship in 2009. In 2017 he recieved a Lifetime Achievement Award from USEPA Region 1.
He has written a basic text in his field (Terrestrial Ecosystems, 2nd edition with Academic Press) and is co-editor and author of Forests in Time: The Environmental Consequences of 1000 years of Change in New England (Yale University Press). He is also an author and co-editor of “The Sustainable Learning Community: One University’s Journey to the Future”, a presentation of the breadth and depth of sustainability activities at UNH. He has co-authored more than 200 scientific papers, and in 2003 was listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the top ten scientists internationally in terms of publication impact in the field of Ecology and Environmental Science for the preceding decade. His current H-Factor rating is 105 (105 papers with 105 or more citations). His current research is in the areas of sustainable agriculture and agroecology.