The Director of CBES is Virginia Dale, a leading landscape ecologist. Her research interests include ecological modeling, forest dynamics, forest responses to climate change and catastrophic disruptions, decision analysis, and science-based support for environmental decision making. She is editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Management. As Director of the Center, she defines its scientific direction, marshals the forces of researchers from disparate disciplines to address the sustainability of biofuel production, guides the development of the tools and resources needed to research sustainability issues, and presents the knowledge gained from that research to the science and policy communities.

The Communications Specialist Fred O'Hara, a technical writer and editor, who for many decades has served national and international government agencies dealing with energy and the environment. He serves on the staffs of six federal advisory committees. He helps compile, interpret, and express the research findings of the Center's associates.

Jennifer Smith, Administrative Assistant: organizes and manages CBES forums and website. She assists the Director with organizing travel and keeps track of monthly CBES statistics and activities.







Sept 15, 2014: Technical Society of Knoxville (TSK)  ( will lead a tour of the “Green Energy” Wampler Sausage Farm early afternoon on September 15.  The farm, which is converting biomass into hydrocarbons, is attempting to become energy independent.  You can learn about their goals and the installed green technology at
Those interested in joining the TSK tour group at the farm should contact Bob Scott ( to register and learn when, how, and where to join the group. 

Oct 22nd National Bioenergy Day -

  • In conjunction with the University of Tennessee, an “information fair” will be held in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) cafeteria during the lunch hour (10 am – 2 pm) to highlight ongoing collaboration with the USDA-funded Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) (  ) and the University of Tennessee’s Center for Renewable Carbon (  ).  This event will include displays and a staffed table to hand out literature and answer questions. 
  • ORNL’s Center for BioEnergy Sustainability (CBES) will host a seminar in Building 1505 from 3:30-4:30 pm entitled “Assessing Bioenergy Sustainability: Application of a Suite of Environmental and Socioeconomic Indicators to a Cellulosic Biofuel Production System in East Tennessee.”  The talk will be given by Esther Parish of the ORNL Environmental Sciences Division and will summarize recent research conducted to meet a September 2014 U.S. DOE BioEnergy Technologies Office (BETO) major milestone.

Aug 20, 2014 - Jonathan Male, Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (DOE) presented an "Overview of the Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office"

Aug 12, 2014– Laurence Eaton  hosted a 1 day interactive workshop at ORNL to explore the POLYSYS modeling framework and its application to biomass and bioenergy analysis.


CBES Forums

Sept 19 from 11am-12pm in the D.J. Nelson Auditorium Building 1505 - Tim Theiss will present "The Role of Biofuels in the US Sustainable Transportation Challenge" . pdf


Small Giant of Bioenergy

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

Extension - Objective, research-based and credible information you can use every day to improve your life