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.







Erin Webb has been invited to serve on the Eastern Regional Advisory Council for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

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.

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 (

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."



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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