Dorian Abbot, Ph.D.

Dorian Abbot

Term: Oct. 24, 2023 – June 30, 2025

Dorian Abbot is a professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. He has written more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts on subjects related to climate, paleoclimate, planetary dynamics, planetary habitability, and exoplanets.

Abbot has developed multiple science courses on topics including Earth's Atmosphere and Global Warming at the University of Chicago using innovative techniques such as active learning and flipped classrooms. These courses have been taken by thousands of undergraduates.

He has experience in faculty governance and university oversight as a member of the Committee of the Council of the University of Chicago Senate (2023-2024), member of the Council of the University of Chicago Senate (2021-2024), and member of the University of Austin Board of Advisors (2021-).

Abbot was awarded the Hero of Intellectual Freedom Award from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in 2021 and Courage Open Inquiry Award from the Heterodox Academy in 2022. He holds a BA in Physics, MA in Applied Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, all from Harvard University.

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