Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Jesse H. Ausubel

Science Advisor

Jesse H. Ausubel is a Science Advisor to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Prior to becoming Science Advisor, Mr. Ausubel served as a Program Director at the Sloan Foundation (1994 - 2009) and as Vice President, Programs (2009 - 2012). He was responsible for oversight and development of the Foundation's grantmaking in basic research, including the Census of Marine Life, Encyclopedia of Life, and Barcode of Life initiative. The focus of his present Sloan association is the Deep Carbon Observatory.

Mr. Ausubel is Director of the Program for the Human Environment and Senior Research Associate at The Rockefeller University in New York City, where he has served on the faculty since 1989. The main themes of the Rockefeller research program are industrial ecology (the study of the network of all industrial processes as they may interact with each other and live off each other) and the long-term interactions of technology and the environment. Underlying the work are ongoing studies of the mathematics of growth and diffusion.

Throughout his career Mr. Ausubel has combined research with efforts to understand and strengthen the academic and research enterprise. During 1989-1993 Mr. Ausubel served as Director of Studies for the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government. The Commission, sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York, sought ways for American government at all levels, as well as international organizations, to make better use of scientific and technical expertise.

From 1977-1988, Mr. Ausubel was associated with the National Academy complex in Washington DC, where he began as a resident fellow of the National Academy of Sciences supported by the Sloan Foundation. He then served as a staff officer with the National Research Council Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and from 1983-1988 as Director of Programs for the National Academy of Engineering. Mr. Ausubel was one of the principal organizers of the first UN World Climate Conference (Geneva, 1979), an event which substantially elevated the global warming issue on scientific and political agendas. During 1979-1981 he led the Climate Task of the Resources and Environment Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, near Vienna, Austria, an East-West think-tank created by the U.S. and Soviet academies of sciences.

Mr. Ausubel has authored and edited more than 130 articles, reports, and books. He was the guest editor and lead author of the 1996 issue of Daedalus, "The Liberation of the Environment." He has published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesNature, and American Scientist. Reports for which he was main author include "Changing Climate" (National Academy, 1983), the first comprehensive review of the greenhouse effect; and "Toward an International Geosphere-Biosphere Program" (IGBP), the 1983 Research Council report originating the Global Change Program. For the NAE, he developed and oversaw studies on the performance of technology-intensive sectors of U.S. industry and on the diffusion and globalization of technology. Educated at Harvard and Columbia universities, Mr. Ausubel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.