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The mission of the Abess Center is to create innovative, interdisciplinary academic and outreach initiatives that bridge the gap between science and environmental policy. Our aim is to challenge assumptions by emphasizing the fundamental linkages of natural and social scientific inquiry. We connect researchers, both at UM and from other academic and institutions, who bring to bear the most innovative thinking from an array of fields such as marine and terrestrial ecology, environmental law and ethics, geography and epidemiology, climate modeling, civil engineering and architecture, social psychology, behavioral and natural resource economics, and decision analysis.

As we forge groundbreaking partnerships, we engage the next generation of environmental leaders in our graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Together, we push students to formulate, evaluate, and implement innovative approaches to environmental theory, management, and decision-making.  VISIT THE ABESS CENTER