"Key ORNL Scientists working on Bioenergy Sustainability"

Latha Baskaran (M.S, Geography, Pennsylvania State University) has GIS and modeling expertise with experience in watershed modeling, habitat modeling, land-cover change and spatial data management.

Budhendra L. Bhaduri(Ph.D., Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University) has experience and experience in applications of geospatial science and technology in sustainable development research, including human dimensions of critical infrastructure, urbanization and watershed impacts, and energy resource assessment.

Virginia Dale (Ph.D. Mathematical Ecology, University of Washington) has experience in research developing and testing ecological indicators at the watershed and regional scales, landscape designs for bioenergy, environmental decision making, and land-use change.

Laurence M. Eaton (M.A., Economics, University of Tennessee) is a resource economist modeling feedstock production from agricultural and forest lands, including estimating biomass supply curves and modeling the technical parameters that affect the spatial distribution of feedstocks for bioenergy.

Rebecca Efroymson (Ph.D. Environmental Toxicology, Cornell University) has been working on bioenergy sustainability and land-use change issues for the past few years.  Her previous experience includes ecological risk assessment of toxicants, nutrients from wastewater, and military activities, as well as energy technologies (e.g., wind energy and oil and gas).

Natalie Griffiths (Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame) is an aquatic ecologist and biogeochemist with research experience in carbon and nutrient cycling in anthropogenically-impacted aquatic ecosystems.Website.

Mike Hilliard (Ph.D. Operations Research, Cornell) is experienced in the application of optimization techniques and parallel processing in a variety of domains including modeling bioenergy systems.

Henriette Jager (Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2000, University of Tennessee) is a theoretical ecologist whose research focuses on understanding effects of renewable energy activities and ecological communities. This research seeks to identify management solutions that increase energy and benefit ecosystems.

Keith Kline (M.Ed. Framingham State College) has experience in design and monitoring of sustainable development projects around the globe, environmental impact assessment, systems analysis, land-use change, and application of multi-scale performance indicators.

Matthew Langholtz (Ph.D. Natural Resource Economics, University of Florida), has expertise in accounting for non-market amenities in economic evaluations of dedicated feedstock supply systems, and evaluating the economic availability of biomass resources.

Paul Leiby (MA Public Policy, Harvard University) has led a variety of energy-economic modeling projects related to biofuels markets, the economic analysis of alternative motor fuels, energy security and oil market modeling, and greenhouse gas emission management policies.

Rocío Uría-Martínez(Ph.D. Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis) focuses on modeling energy markets (biofuels, electricity, natural gas) for optimization and simulation purposes using mathematical programming and econometric techniques.

Gbadebo Oladosu (Ph.D., Energy and Environmental Economics, Penn. State University, Pennsylvania) is a Research Economist working on assessments of the global potential for biofuels, land use, and environmental and economic implications of biofuel policies using both model based and empirical analytical tools.

Esther S. Parish (M.S., Geography, University of Tennessee Knoxville) is an earth scientist specializing in geographic information systems (GIS) analysis of bioenergy sustainability, land use change, and climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability (IAV).

Bob Perlack (Ph.D., Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts) provides resource analysis and energy systems expertise and leads activities related to the estimation of cropland and forestland biomass supplies.

'Mac' Post (Ph.D., Ecology, University of Tennessee Knoxville) is a Science Team Leader of the Ecosystem Simulation Science Team focusing on the role of terrestrial ecosystems in the global carbon cycle and climate change.

Ben Preston (Ph.D., Environmental Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology,) is a senior research scientist in ORNL’s Environmental Sciences Division where he conducts research on the societal impacts of climate change and the role of adaptation in reducing climate risk.

John Schwartz (Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois-Urbana) has experience in watershed hydrology with a focus of measuring and modeling sediment erosion, and river mechanics related to sediment transport; in addition to quantifying biotic effects of stream sedimentation.

Peter E. Schweizer (Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Ohio University) is a landscape ecologist with research experience in terrestrial-aquatic linkages at the watershed scale, and in development of biodiversity models for energy crop landscape scenarios.

Nagendra Singh(MS,Geoscience, Idaho State University) works on assessing and estimating land use land cover changes at various scales using geospatial techniques.

Shahab Sokhansanj (Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University) conducts R&D on preprocess and storage of biomass and on developing related modeling tools for efficient feedstock integration with biorefining operations.

Neil Thomas (Ph.D. Industrial Psychology, University of Tennessee) has experience in developing optimization and geospatial web-based applications for modeling and analysis in a variety of domains including bioenergy.

Anthony F. Turhollow, Jr. (Ph.D, Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University) has expertise in estimating biomass crop production costs, biomass logistics, and energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from crops, and biomass resource assessment.

Gangsheng Wang (Ph.D, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Washington State University) is an Agricultural Engineer who will conduct research on GHG emissions associated with agricultural land use and land use change.

Erin Webb (Ph.D., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida) is an Agricultural Engineer providing engineering systems modeling expertise to analysis of bioenergy feedstock supply systems.

Lynn Wright (M.S. Zoology/Ecology, Ohio State University) is an ecologist with experience in managing and analyzing research on the development of fast-growing woody and herbaceous crops for bioenergy and bioproducts.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News

Erin Webb has been invited to serve on the Eastern Regional Advisory Council for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/general/ruralchallenge.shtml#MainContent

Poster presentation on "Bioenergy Sustainability" at the meeting of the Science Advisory Board of the ORNL Climate Change Science Institute on March 12, 2014.

A workshop was held on “Incorporating Bioenergy into Sustainable Landscape Designs” on March 4-6, 2014, in New Bern, North Carolina. http://web.ornl.gov/sci/ees/cbes/workshop.shtml

On February 25th at 3:45, Virginia Dale gave a talk on "Incorporating Bioenergy into Sustainable Landscape Designs" at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee www.nimbios.orgAgenda

Esther Parish and Zachariah Sneiden presented at the 3rd Annual Watershed Symposium on February 18th at the UT Hollingsworth Auditorium. Please click on agenda link for further details. Agenda

Esther Parish  was accepted into the Bredesen Center’s PhD program in Energy Science and Engineering (ESE) with a specialization in “Environmental & Climate Sciences.”  The Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education unites extensive and complementary resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research related to energy (http://bredesencenter.utk.edu/index.php).

CBES Forums

Special Forum Thursday 10th April featuring Dr. Sean McGinnis - Director VT Green Engineering who will present "Green Engineering and Life Cycle Assessment at Virginia Tech". Forum will be held in 4500N Hiwassee conference Room 2nd floor Room K235.

Thursday 17th April: Yetta Jager will present "In Search of Spatial Opportunities for Sustainable Bioenergy Production."

 

Links

www.biomass.energy.gov

Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF), sponsored by DOE and developed by a team at ORNL led by CBES member Budhendra Bhaduri, now has its own interactive website.

IBSS - Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems

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