Staff

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.

 

 

 

 

 

News

Oct 6-7th, 2014: Tim Theiss will be hosting Alison Goss Eng, Program Manager, Feedstock Platform, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) visit to ORNL.

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) (http://www.se-ibss.org/  ) 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.

 

CBES Forums

October 22nd, 2014 as part of National Bioenergy Day, Esther Parish will be presenting "Assessing Bioenergy Sustainability: Application of a Suite of Environmental and Socioeconomic Indicators to a Cellulosic Biofuel Production System in East Tennessee. Building 1505, Conference Room 189.

Links

Small Giant of Bioenergy http://www.bioenergyadvice.com/

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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