Debbie Hanmer, Ph.D.

Debbie Hanmer, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. At the university she is Coordinator of UNCP’s new Sustainable Agriculture track in its Environmental Science Degree program.  She is also a mentor for undergraduate research by students in the Biology Department.

Scott Forsythe

Scott Forsythe is studying Environmental Management at the University of Kiel in Germany. He is currently working on a master's thesis concerning low-technology production and use of biochar on humid, tropical soils. A native of Florida, he has associated for the last 10 years with an agroforestry farm in southeastern Guatemala that has recently expanded into cacao production.

Rivka Fidel

Rivka Fidel is a graduate student in Soil Science at Iowa State University. She received a BS in Environmental Science from Union College in 2010. Her primary research interests are in interested in soil carbon sequestration, agro-ecosystems, bio-geochemistry, black carbon, and sustainable agriculture.

Johan Perret, Ph.D.

Dr. Johan Perret is professor of Soil Management and Precision Agriculture at EARTH University, Costa Rica. He co-founded Green Roots Consultants in 2009. His main focus has been on sustainable soil management and efficient use of fertilizers and water in agriculture. Johan Perret started working on biochar production and biochar activation three years ago to provide a sustainable solution to soil degradation in the humid tropics.

2012 US Biochar Conference Sponsors

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