At a Glance
- Career History: Senior Lecturer, university of texas at Austin (2006 to 2009); Chief International Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003 to 2009); National Research Council, (1984 to 2001)
- Alma Mater: Goucher College, B.A. (biology); Yale University, M.S. (wildlife ecology and natural resource policy), 1984
- Office: Office of Science and Technology PolicyExecutive Office of the President725 17th Street Room 5228Washington, DC 20502
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Path to Power
"Shere" Abbott graduated from Goucher College in Baltimore, Md., with a bachelor's degree in biology.
In 1984, she earned a master's degree in wildlife ecology and natural resource policy from Yale's School of Forestry, where she was a Dodge Fellow in human-animal ecology.
An expert in sustainable growth, Abbott advises the White House on technology that relates to energy and the environment. President Obama has pledged to funnel money to programs that create green jobs and lay the groundwork for a more sustainable economy in the 21st century.
Reversing Climate Change
Abbott is helping to implement President Obama's pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that can lead to climate change. The White House has proposed a cap-and-trade system to regulate carbon emissions, increase reliance on renewable energy and create incentives for farmers and ranchers to plant trees to absorb carbon dioxide.
Abbott has worked with her White House boss, John Holdren, before. Holdren was president-elect and then president of the AAAS around the time Abbott left the AAAS in 2006.
Obama's pick to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco, was president of the AAAS in 1997.