University Professor, Geography and the Environment, by Courtesy Appointment
Director, Environment, Sustainability, and Policy ILM
M.F.S., Yale University
Climate change, energy, sustainability
Prior to her current appointment, Sherburne “Shere” Abbott
served as Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives, creating integrated
approaches to sustainability, and advancing the University’s commitment to
leadership in sustainability in higher education. Abbott provided oversight of
the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems and
directed the Center for Sustainable Community Solutions and its Environmental
Previously, she served as a deputy to President Obama’s Science
Advisor in the Senate-confirmed position of Associate Director for Environment
and Energy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy; and worked with
scientific organizations, including serving as the Chief International Officer
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as director of
the Board on Sustainable Development, the Polar Research Board, and
International Organizations and Programs of the National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine.
Abbott also served as the director of the Center for Science and
Practice of Sustainability in the Office of the Executive Vice President and
Provost at the University of Texas at Austin, and as a faculty member of the College
of Liberal Arts. Previously, she served as chief international officer of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prior to that appointment,
over a 17-year period at the National Academies’ National Research Council, she
served as executive director of the Board on Sustainable Development, the
director of international organization programs for the Office of International
Affairs, and the director of the Polar Research Board of the National
Academies’ National Research Council. Abbott also served as assistant
scientific program director of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission.
Abbott received her A.B. from Goucher College and her M.F.S.
from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She
is recognized as an internationally known expert in sustainability.