"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 University) 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. (Retired)

Nathan Pollesch (Ph.D. candidate, mathematics, University of Tennessee Knoxville) is exploring how aggregation theory can be applied to measures of progress toward sustainability.

'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. (Retired)

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. Currently at the University of Tennessee.

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.









SURVEY ! BioTrade2020+ Consortium would like to invite you to share your views on the international biomass trade. Click here for more information and the link to access the survey.

BETO International SCOPE Report launched April 14, 2015. Click here for the BE Basic Foundation press release. For more information, click here

The Biomass Power Association, U.S. Forest Service and partners are planning the 3rd annual National Bioenergy Day! The date is Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Click here for more information.

Virginia Dale and Erin Webb welcome two Fellows of the Southeastern Energy Development (SEED) Fellowship starting a ten-week program beginning May 15th. Click here for more information.

BETO Announces Webinar on Biofuel Sustainability. Announcement Website

Landscape design and management in Iowa can address water quality issues associated with Des Moines Water Works’ (DWW)  Federal suit against three counties over nutrient runoff from agricultural drainage districts. Click here for more information.

From the Southern Bioenergy Network News – March 2015 Edition - Play Bioenergy Jeopardy!  Alongside other interactive learning opportunities prepared by the UGA Bioenergy Systems Research Initiative and partners, organizers said that "Bioenergy Jeopardy!" was the most popular of the activities because the kids had a great time learning about Southeast Bioenergy using the popular "Jeopardy!" format and categories including "Energy," "Types of Biomass" and "Bioenergy Bonanza." Click here to play.

The World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will be held this July 19-22, 2015. The plenary sessions will cover feedstocks, a regional focus on the biobased economy, biobased innovations impacting our future, industry success stories and aviation biofuels. For more information and registrations see this announcement.

In a new Article by Carla Harper in Biomass Magazine titled "Opportunity Still Knocks" two producers act on an opportunity they see for far smaller pellet operations. To see the entire article click here

Also in Biomass Magazine, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is celebrating their 100th patent application. Click here for the full article.

ORNL News featured a new article titled "Sugar and Splice" by Chris Samoray. The article discusses identifing genes best suited for producing biofuel from poplar trees planted in different environments. To read more, click here.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. For more information Click Here


CBES Forums

The April CBES Forum will consist of a visit to and tour of the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility.  The tour is schedule for April 15, 2015 beginning at 3:00pm conducted by the Facility Operations Manager, Connie Jackson.  The Carbon Fiber Technology Facility is at the Horizon Center, 92 Palladium Way, Oak Ridge. For more information, see below:
Fact Sheet
Map and Directions to the Facility

Also in April, John Coulston of the newly established USDA Forest Service Center for Forest Products Survey and Analytics will speak at the CBES forum on April 16th, at 3:30pm. The location will be at Building 1505, Rm. 189. This forum’s topic is: Complex forest dynamics indicate potential for slowing carbon accumulation in the southeastern United State

Future Forum Plans

The May CBES Forum features Latha Baskaran of the Environmental Sciences, Landscape Ecology and Regional Analysis Group. Her talk is entitled Aquatic Macroinvertebrates for Assessing Water Quality Effects Associated with Bioenergy. The forum will begin at 3:30pm in Building 1505, Rm. 189. Click here for abstract.

In June, the CBES Forum guest speaker will be Chris Lituma. Chris is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for Native Grasslands Management, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His talk is titled Multi-scale Assessment of Wildlife Sustainability in Switchgrass Biofuel Feedstock Production.