Jesse Huntley Ausubel is Director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University in New York City. Mr. Ausubel spent the first decade of his career in Washington DC working for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and National Academy of Engineering. On behalf of the Academies, he was one of the main organizers of the first UN World Climate Conference in Geneva in 1979, an event which substantially elevated the global warming issue on scientific and political agendas. He also coordinated and authored much of the 1983 NAS report Changing Climate, the first comprehensive review of the greenhouse effect.
Since 1989 Mr. Ausubel has served on the faculty of The Rockefeller University, where he leads a research program to elaborate the technical vision of a large, prosperous society that emits little or nothing harmful and spares large amounts of land and sea for nature. With colleagues from IIASA, he invented and developed the concept of “decarbonization” and published the first paper using the word in 1991. In 2009 Mr. Ausubel helped initiate the Deep Carbon Observatory to search for secrets of volcanoes and diamonds, roots of oil & gas, and origins and limits of life. With colleagues from IIASA, he invented and developed the concept of “decarbonization” and published the first paper using the word in 1991
An adjunct scientist of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a University Fellow of Resources for the Future, Mr. Ausubel has originated and led major cooperative international programs concerned with biodiversity, including the Census of Marine Life, Encyclopedia of Life, and Barcode of Life Initiative. He has also led several activities of the US Council on Foreign Relations about environment and resources and serves on the editorial board of Foreign Affairs magazine. From 2006-2010 he served as a director of the Electric Power Research Institute and is now a member of its Advisory Council. Since 1994 he has served in a range of roles fostering research programs for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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