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.

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







Sustainability Webinar Recording Available The recording of the BETO webinar “Biofuels for the Environment and Communities,” originally broadcast on April 22, 2015, is now available on the BETO Webinar Page.

Workshop Report from the IFPRI Bioenergy and Food Security Interactions conference made public. Click here for full report. For more information on the conference click here.

SURVEY - Share your views on the international biomass trade. Click here for more information and the link to access the survey.

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.

The World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will be held this July 19-22, 2015. For more information and registrations see this announcement.

The 3rd annual National Bioenergy Day is planned for Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Click here for more information.

Federal suit filed against three counties in Iowa over nutrient runoff from agricultural drainage. Click here for more information.

Bioenergy Jeopardy!  Helps kids and adults learn about Southeastern Bioenergy. Click here to play.


CBES Forums

The CBES Forums for June consisted of two separate events. The first speaker was Amy Fletcher, an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Dr. Fletcher’s topic was titled Engaging Extinction:  De-Extinction, Sustainability and Society.  De-extinction is a new and controversial approach to sustainability that foresees using advanced biotechnologies to reverse the biodiversity crisis and perhaps even to resurrect extinct species.

Click here for abstract - For More about Amy Fletcher click here

Chris Lituma is scheduled to speak at the CBES Forum on June 29th at 3:30pm. in Building 1505, Rm. 189. 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.

Click here for abstract - For more about Chris Lituma click here