Rhys Roth

Rhys co-founded Climate Solutions in 1998 and has pioneered a number of its innovative programs and partnerships which have been instrumental in positioning clean energy at the top of the economic development agenda for leading elected officials throughout the Northwest. He received his Masters Degree in Environmental Studies in 1990 from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Morgan Williams

Research and development exec with broad experience in the implementation and management of multi-year, multi-location bioenergy production and biochar deployment projects with government, university, non-profit, and private sector partners.

Josiah Hunt

Josiah Hunt has worked extensively with biochar for several years now. A young farmer and agriculturalist, he has been researching the topic, educating on the topic and created a business focused on the production and distribution of biochar. While biochar is multi-faceted involving waste management, energy production, climate change mitigation and agriculture, biochar in agriculture has been the focus of his work.

Paul S. Anderson

Paul Anderson is known as "Dr TLUD" because of his leadership in Top-Lit UpDraft pyrolytic gasifier technology that makes biochar in sizes from small residential cookstoves up to 55-gallon barrels. See , especially the TChar documentation and his presentation on "Barrel-size Micro-gasification for Combined Heat and Biochar (CHAB) in “Mini” Industries" from the ETHOS 2012 Conference 14 days ago.

Karl J Frogner, Ph.D.

PhD: University of Chicago; President & Project Development Head, UB International; Member, Advisory Committee, IBI

Thayer Tomlinson

Thayer Tomlinson is the Communications Director for the International Biochar Initiative, managing the IBI website, newsletter, and sustainability guidelines as well as supporting biochar initiatives around the world. Ms. Tomlinson was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia (1998 - 2000) and has a Master's Degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Mike Rocke

Mike Rocke is Vice President of Corporate Development for CoolPlanetBioFuels, which produces a negative-carbon gasoline blend from non-food renewable biomass through thermocatalytic processing. The firm’s business model is to build, sell, and operate modular fuel refineries that produce gasoline in close proximity to biomass, which in turn is sold to major refiners who need low- and negative-carbon gasoline inputs. The company is currently producing and testing fuel that meets the California 2020 Low Carbon Fuel Standard in conventional automobiles. Mike has previous experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Intel Corporation, and Transonic Combustion.

Peter Hirst

After retiring from a career in energy and natural resources, Peter founded New England Biochar with Bob Wells in 2009, and has been manufacturing, consulting, training and presenting on biochar use and production ever since.

David Laird, Ph.D.

David Laird is a professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. He is author and co-author of 79 refereed journal articles and 13 book chapters. His research interests include the impact of biochar on soil quality, the stability of biochar in soils, and the impact of biochar on greenhouse gas emissions.

Gloria Flora

Gloria Flora is the Director of the U.S. Biochar Initiative and Executive Director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, an organization she founded 11 years ago. Last century, she was a leader in the U.S. Forest Service. Her expertise in sustainability, climate change, public lands and the human relationship with our landscapes has brought her national recognition and numerous awards, including having a rare species of toad named after her.


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