Speaker Profiles

Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg is the author of ten books including The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality, Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis, and Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World. He is Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. Heinberg has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, The Ecologist, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, The Futurist, European Business Review, Earth Island Journal, Yes!, and Pacific Ecologist. He has appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s 11th Hour, and is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education.

Sunne Wright McPeak

Sunne Wright McPeak is the President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to close the Digital Divide by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband. She assumed the position as the CETF first chief executive in December 2006 after serving for three years as Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Adam Asquith, Ph.D.

I am an Extension Specialist with the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program on the Island of Kauai. I have over 20 years experince in research, teaching, education and resource management in Hawaii. I currently focus on sustainability. Through an NSF EPSCOR grant we are bringing techniques to our island for community-based carbon management. We are promoting the use of local biomass for energy, agriculture and carbon sequestration.

Alex Dolginow

Alex Dolginow is the Climate Protection Campaign's Implementation Manager for agriculture, forestry, open space and adaptation. Alex is a Harvard Fellow who recently graduated with a B.A. in neurobiology. Past experiences include teaching sustainable urban design to Chinese students, field coursework in urban engineering in Brazil, and helping fund and implement a clean water project in the Dominican Republic.

Andrew Crane-Droesch

Graduate student at Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley. Research focuses on environment and sustainable development, with particular focus on biochar in Western Kenya.

Anthony Anyia, Ph.D.

Dr. Anthony Anyia received his PhD in 2001 from the Humboldt University of Berlin. He joined the Alberta Research Council (now part of Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures, AITF) as a Research Scientist in 2002. He is currently a lead Scientist and Manager of the Bioresource Technologies Business Unit at AITF. His portfolio of programs also includes the biomass pyrolysis program that focuses on biochar production and end-use applications development.

Anthony E. Cone

Westhoff, Cone & Holmstedt’s lead banker in the environmental financing sector, Mr. Cone has 37 years of experience structuring bond financings in California and in 32 additional states. Mr. Cone held similar positions with Bank of America, PaineWebber, Dean Witter and Bear Stearns before becoming a principal at Westhoff, Cone & Holmstedt. In addition to his solid waste and environmental expertise, he is experienced with a diverse range of credits and bond structures for infrastructure, housing, industrial development and assessment bonds.

Benjamin Wirth

10/2006-01/2012 Study of Physical Engineering Science at the Technische Universität Berlin. 02/2012-present PhD Student at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam Bornim focusing on the anaerobic treatment of HTC waste water and its potential.

Bernardo del Campo

Bernardo (Berni) del Campo, completed his Bachelors in Agricultural Engineering at Universidad de la Republica Facultad de Agronomia in Uruguay and his M.S. in Biorenewable Resources and Technology from Iowa State University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University under Robert Brown. His research interests include development of biofuels and related products, specifically the safety and implementation of biochar.

Bert Bennett, Ph.D.

Dr. Bert Bennett is a Principal Scientist and Senior Engineer at ICM, Inc., a renewable energy company established in 1995 and headquartered in Colwich, Kansas. He is responsible for leading ICM’s research and development efforts in industrial-scale gasification and biochar production systems. ICM is active in promoting biochar research efforts and has supplied over 300 tons of biochar to research institutions located throughout the Midwest, Canada and Mexico.

Brian Von Herzen, Ph.D.

Dr. Brian Von Herzen, Executive Director of The Climate Foundation, obtained his A.B. in Physics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Computer and Planetary Science from Caltech where he was a Hertz Fellow. Dr. Von Herzen has worked on global climate models and carbon balance. At The Climate Foundation, he works on biochar technologies for global carbon sequestration.

Caroline A. Masiello, Ph.D.

Carrie Masiello has been working in the field of charcoal biogeochemistry for the last 15 years and leads the Rice University biochar research group (biochar.rice.edu).

Catherine Brewer, Ph.D.

Catherine (Catie) Brewer completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering and Biorenewable Resources & Technology at Iowa State University under the supervision of Robert Brown and David Laird. Her dissertation topic was biochar characterization. Her interests include thermochemical processing of biomass, especially fast pyrolysis technologies, and engineering biochars for specific soil applications.

Charlene Kelly, Ph.D.

Currently a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow with the US Geological Survey (Denver, CO) in the Water Resources Division. Ph.D from Virginia Tech (2010) in Forest Resources (Soil Science). Interests include watershed biogeochemistry, soil science, carbon and nitrogen cycling, plant/soil feedbacks.

Christoph Fühner, Ph.D.

Christoph Fühner is a biologist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany. He uses his long-term experience in the ecophysiology and soil science of plant mineral nutrition for the development of so-called "sewchar systems". His concept integrates benefits of thermochemical technologies in wastewater treatment and the reuse of carbonized materials as soil amendments to establish sustainable resource management in sanitation systems.

Colleen E. Rostad, Ph.D.

Colleen Rostad is a Research Chemist for the National Research Program of the US Geological Survey, specializing in distribution, fate and transport of organic compounds in the aqueous environment with emphasis on analysis of polar water-soluble organic compounds by liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry.

Craig Sams

In 1967 Craig Sams founded Whole Earth Foods, now one of Europe's leading organic brands. In 1991, in partnership with Josephine Fairley, founded Green & Black's Organic Chocolate, the first product to carry the Fairtrade Mark. He is President of Green & Black’s, acquired by Cadbury’s in 2005 and subsequently by Kraft in 2010. It is the world's leading organic chocolate brand. Author of:, The Little Food Book and The Story of Green & Black’s. Soil Association Treasurer from 1990-2001 and Chairman from 2001 to 2007. Founded Carbon Gold in 2008 to establish biochar as a means to restore degraded soils, enhance organic farming and sequester carbon dioxide to reverse climate change

D. Nathaniel Mulcahy

Ten years of stove design and production. Soil restoration and applications in 13 countries.

Dan McKenzie, PhD

I retired after 30 years as an environmental research scientist. I have a "hobby" business creating metal landscape and garden art. I've been working to create a small scale backyard BioChar pyrolysis unit capable of producing sufficient volume for a large garden area or several neighborhood gardens.
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Dan Smith

Dan Smith is an M.S. student at the University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources and Department of Forest, Fire and Range Sciences.  Under the direction of Dr. Mark Coleman, his thesis explores the effects of biochar on soil enzymatic and microbial activity in a temperate coniferous forest.

Daniela Busch

Work Experience: Student research assistant for Dr. Claudia Kammann, Dept. of Plant Ecology JLU Gießen, Germany and Scientific officer for Prof. Bruno Glaser, Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, Soil Biogeochemistry, MLU Halle, Germany. Publication: Busch D., Kammann* C. Grünhage L. and Müller C. (2011): Simple Biotoxicity Tests for Evaluation of Carbonaceous Soil Additives: Establishment and Reproducibility of Four Test Procedures. In: J. Environ. Qual. (40), S. 1–10.

Daoyuan Wang

I am a PhD Candidate major in Environmental Science in Donghua University, Shanghai, China and also a visiting scholar in University of California, Davis. My research focus on how drought and wet/dry cycles affect agoecosystem.

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.

David Sjoding

David Sjoding has 31 years of experience in the energy field, focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, energy policy, bioenergy, clean heat and power, district energy, farm energy and distributed generation. He is a Renewable Energy Specialist at the Washington State University Extension Energy Program; serves as Team Leader of the 6-state Pacific Region Bioenergy Partnership http://www.pacificbiomass.org/; and leads the 5-state U.S. Department of Energy Northwest Clean Energy Application Center http://www.northwestcleanenergy.org/.

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.

Deborah Koons Garcia

Deborah Koons Garcia has called Northern California home for over thirty years. Her film The Future of Food (2004) examines the alarming issues surrounding the rapidly increasing corporate domination of our food supply. It is the first major film to cover the history and technology of genetic engineering and the complex implications of releasing such crops into the food environment and food supply. It has been shown all over the world in theaters, food, farming, and film festivals and by citizens seeking to informa and inspire fellow citizens to take action. The Future of Food premiered theatrically at Film Forum in New York.

Drew Zwart

Drew Zwart is a member of the scientific staff at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, and is currently a PhD candidate in plant physiology at the University of Washington, Center for Urban Horticulture. Drew received his B.S. in Agronomy from Cornell University and an M.S. in plant pathology and physiology from Clemson University. His dissertation work at the University of Washington involves physiological studies on the potential use of biochar as a soil amendment in disease management of urban plants.

Elizabeth Verhoeven

Elizabeth is a second year master's student at the University of California, Davis, in the Soils and Biogeochemistry graduate group. Prior to coming to Davis, Elizabeth worked at Oregon State University in the barley breeding and crop genetics program as well as working a few wine harvests in Oregon and abroad. She received a B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College in 2007.

Engil Isadora Pujol Pereira

I am a PhD student in the Horticulture and Agronomy graduate program (UC Davis). My research focuses on the biochar effects on soil organic matter, terrestrial nitrogen cycling including functional microbes, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Erich J. Knight

Erich J. Knight, an ornamental gardener of 32 years, has spent the last six years advocating for thermal conversion of biomass. He has been directly involved in several projects concerning soil carbon at James Madison University, as well as conference planing & presentations at ISU and CU Boulder.

Fungai Mukome, Ph.D

Dr. Fungai Mukome obtained his PhD in Environmental Sciences and Resources from Portland State University in 2009 and is currently a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Davis. His research interests are in soil environmental chemistry and include investigating the effect of biochar soil amendments on carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry; characterization of biochars from different feedstock and produced under varied pyrolysis conditions; and understanding the processes and interactions responsible for biochar stabilization in soil.

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.

Greg Thiele

Greg Thiele is the general manager for Micromeritics Analytical Services. Micromeritics specializes in physical characterization products and services. Part of this physical characterization includes measuring gas adsorption isotherms and adsorption capacities, which is what the company was founded on back in 1962. Micromeritics has a rich history in the carbon industry using N2, CO2, and other gases to characterize all sorts of carbons and other adsorbent materials.

Gregory Stangl

Gregory Stangl, CEO of Phoenix Energy, has been working in the energy and environment field since early 1999 when he led the buyout and subsequent turnaround of Energy Investors, a firm dedicated to improving air quality in Europe by replacing coal furnaces and improving facility energy efficiency. Developments in Europe led the business into the biomass gasification arena, such that in 2007 Phoenix Energy was spun out to focus exclusively on that market in the US.

Heinz-Josef Koch, Ph.D.

Head of Agronomy Department at the Institute of Sugar beet Research, Goettingen, which is associated to University of Goettingen with several project running on soil tillage and soil structure effects on crop growth, biomass production in crop rotations for bioenergy purposes, soil nutrients, and optimizing hydrochar used for soil conditioning and carbon sequestration.

Ines Vogel, Ph.D.

Working group Geoecology. Soil scientist dealing with all problems of biochar use in soils - physical, chemical, biological as well as regulatory questions and quality criteria. Since 2009 Freie Universität of Berlin - since 2003 Federal Environment Agency of Germany - soil protection and environmental risk assessment of pharmaceuticals.

Jack Lance

Jack Lance, an entrepreneur and marketing executive, is an angel investor. He has been a member of the Keiretsu Forum since its launch in 2000. Jack is an actively involved investor and advisor to several early stage companies. He served as a board member of Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster/North Bay iHUB from its inception to 2011; he remains active in this group as a member of its Advisory and Mentoring Committees. Jack is a co-founder of FinancialSoft (www.electronicFinancialOfficer.com), a company dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and investors understand financial statements and improve profitability. His passion for helping entrepreneurs and his depth of personal experience, contacts and resources are key assets for its clients. Jack is a Weiss-Caldwell fellow and Entrepreneur in Residence with the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University. He also co- teaches a Venture Creation Class at SSU.

Jake Mackenzie

At 72 years of age, Mackenzie is now a grizzled veteran of Sonoma County and Northern Californian environmental politics. In the fourth year of his 4th term on the Rohnert Park City Council, Mackenzie hopes to continue his obsession with attending and moderating meetings, chairing committees and serving on boards of directors. To date he has chaired LGC, SCAPOSD Advisory Committee, SCTA/RCPA, WAC and the EQ Policy Committee for LCC and continues to chair RRWA, NCIRWMP & GA Public Policy committee. He is a member of MTC and SMART. He attends some of these meetings on his bicycle as long as they are in Rohnert Park or Santa Rosa.

Jason Aramburu

Jason Aramburu is the founder and CEO of re:char. He studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. He previously worked as a tropical ecologist in Panama through the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He is an Echoing Green Fellow, a Pop!Tech Fellow and one of Business Week's Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs in America.

Jatara Wise

Jatara Wise is a graduate students at Texas A&M University in the Dept. of Soil and Crop Sciences. His dissertation research is focused on mineral nutrient recovery from pyrolysis co-products. He holds a B.S. in Physics from Lamar University-Beaumont and an M.S. in Health Physics from the Texas A&M University Dept. of Nuclear Engineering.

Jeff Licht

I am part of a team (biogeochemists, plant physiologist, ecologist, soil scientist) determining horticultural and agricultural values for blended chars. Our work ranges from eco services, to phytoremediation, synergistic combinations of herbs and fruits for health and nutritional value, to rooftop conservation mimicry of specific biomes with biochar as the underlying link. I have presented papers on biochar at Build Boston and the University of Toronto.

Jeff Schahczenski

Jeff Schahczenski is an agricultural and natural resource economist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). His recent work includes publication of studies on biochar and soil carbon sequestration, the role of agriculture in climate change, and the economics of biodiesel production in Montana.

Jeff Wallin

Jeff is a co-founder of The Biochar Company (formally EcoTechnologies Group) a whole-systems development company and the senior partner of HMI Biochar in Kauai, Hawaii. He is one of the foremost biochar entrepreneurs in the country, with a focus on advancing new technologies, launching projects, building supportive teams to demonstrate and prove biochar's sustainability, while creating trusted biochar brands with The Soil Reef and Hawaii Biochar Product. Jeff is also the founder of the Char Alliance for The First Tier.

Jenny Kassan

Jenny Kassan is an attorney at Katovich & Kassan Law Group, a law firm that serves social enterprise. Her legal practice areas include small business start-up and financing, securities regulation, nonprofit law, and cooperatives. Jenny is CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, a consulting firm that helps small businesses raise community capital and pioneers tools for a more inclusive and values-driven economy.

Jerry Whitfield, Ph.D.

Dr Jerry Whitfield is an Engineer with experience in Aerospace and Power Engineering. He is an entrepreneur and innovator in Biomass Energy. He invented the wood pellet stove in 1983 and built a successful company around this product. He is widely recognized as the pioneer of this industry. He is currently developing commercial pyrolysis reactors for combined heat and char.

Jesus David Gomez Diaz

I am a Soil Scientist and I work as a full time professor for 22 years at the Soil Department in the Chapingo Autonomus University. I am doing a sabbatical stay at the Natural Resources and Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University and working under the advice of Professor Francesca Cotrufo in a Biochar project

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.

Johannes Lehmann, Ph.D.

Johannes Lehmann
Research and teaching in soil biogeochemistry and soil fertility management. Specialization in soil organic matter and nutrient studies of managed and natural ecosystems. Focus on soil degradation and sustainable agriculture in the tropics (especially Africa), bio-energy, greenhouse gas emissions from soil and headwaters, and synchrotron-based methods for soil research.

Johannes Schneeberger

I have played with wood fire from early on, when I learned the trade of stove fitter in Austria. I also studied mechanical engineering with focus on combustion technologies. After two start-ups in Austria I came to the USA and continued as industrial product design and development consultant and also as patent engineer. I took the bar exam and served as a US Patent Agent a variety of clients including IBM Almaden Research Center and Stanford University. With my current company IDEPA Inc. I provide integrated services for product development strategy, design, engineering and intellectual property to small companies and start-ups.

John Bonitz

John Bonitz's profession began as an award winning solid waste & recycling manager. Graduate studies in climate policy brought him to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he analyzed cost-effective renewable energy technologies. His work in sustainable agriculture addressed the challenges of financing. With the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, John works to ensure that bioenergy is developed sustainably.

John Miedema

As the Director of Biomass Energy for Thompson Timber in Philomath Oregon, John has built and now operates an integrated pyrolysis and gasification facility on site at a log-chipping yard. John is also the founder of the Pacific Northwest Biochar Initiative and has been taking a leadership role in biochar advocacy and research since 2008.

Jonah Levine

Jonah holds degrees in biology and engineering and has work with biochar at universities, non profit organisations and for profit companies. Currently Jonah is a partner with Biochar Solutions Inc. managing material and equipment production and logistics. In 2009 Jonah was the Chair of the NA Biochar Conference and since that time has played a supporting role for USBI.

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.

Judith Harwood

Project coordinator for the Mendocino County Woody Biomass Working Group (WBWG), a grass roots organization interested in utilizing excess woody biomass in a way that is ecologically, economically and socially beneficial. The Biochar Demonstration Project was created through a series of community outreach events hosted by the WBWG. Education: B.S. Environmental Economics, M.P.A. Environmental Science and Policy

Jun Meng, Ph.D.

Professor Jun Meng is the Deputy Director of Liaoning Biochar Engineering & Technology Research Center. In 2006, he visited Unitec in New Zealand. During 2008–2010, he went to NERCITA (National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture, China) for cooperative research. Currently, he is engaged in biochar research, aimed at investigating the role of biochar in soil–plant–air continuum system, study field include pyrolysis technique and equipment, physical and chemical properties of biochar, comprehensive effects of biochar on soil and crop growth. In aspect of achievement transformation, he has hosted or co-hosted a series of extension projects, including Agricultural Technology Extension Project “Demonstration and Extension of Agro–forestry Residue Resource Utilization Technique” fund by Central Finance, Agricultural Comprehensive Exploitation Project “Agro–forestry Biochar Based Fertilizer and Integrated Technology”, and Achievement Transformation Project “Biochar Fertilizers and Soil Amendments Trial Demonstration” which was fund by Science and Technology Ministry of China. Pro. Meng graduated from Shenyang Agricultural University, and got his Ph.D. in agronomy in 2005.

Justin Beck

Justin Beck is currently a "Hiwi" or assistant scientist/administrator for the new COST Action (Cooperation in Science and Technology) for the European Union's new project on Biochar research at the Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany. Justin is primarily a Biochar advocate and an "end user" at a community garden in Germany. Previously he was part of the Community Climate Action Plan of Sonoma County for the Climate Protection Campaign. Justin is also an electronic music producer and DJ.
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K. Thomas Klasson, Ph.D.

Dr. Klasson is the Research Leader of the Commodity Utilization Research Unit with the USDA-ARS in New Orleans, LA. He leads and conduct research devoted to improve or develop processes and value-added products benefiting American agriculture.

Karl J Frogner, Ph.D.

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

Kelby Fite, Ph.D.

Kelby holds a Ph.D. in Plant and Environmental Science from Clemson University, with a research focus on urban soil renovation and root biology. He also holds a Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, both from the University of Georgia.

Kelly Sveinson

Kelly Sveinson is an instructor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies at Langara College in Vancouver BC. He has led a variety of environmental based projects at Langara College including wetland naturalization and field experiential education. He is currently on a leave from teaching and is focusing on making and characterizing biochar in the laboratories of the college.

Kelpie Wilson

Kelpie Wilson is a writer and a mechanical engineer. She has worked for IBI on communications and project development since September 2008.

Kevin Schreiber

Kevin Schreiber is graduating this May with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Last summer, Kevin worked as an assistant in the business development office of EcoTechnologies group, a leader in the nascent biochar industry. Currently Kevin is in Uganda visiting Eco-Fuel Africa and he will return with biomass and biochar samples with which he will be conducting research.

Konstantin Terytze, Prof. Dr. mult. Dr. h. c.

Prof. Dr. mult. Dr. h. c. Konstantin Terytze - professor at Freie Universität of Berlin since 1994. Specialist for environmental chemistry, soil biology and quality criteria for environmental regulations - additional since 1991 Federal Environment Agency of Germany - soil protection, development of soil quality criteria, regulation and implementation of soil protection.

Kurt Spokas, Ph.D.

Kurt Spokas is a research soil scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) in St. Paul, MN. His main research areas are: 1) impacts of management practices (particularly fungicides and biochar additions) on the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and other greenhouse gases and 2) development of farming practices to improve overall water quality.

Lisa Tamayo-Kennedy

Lisa Tamayo-Kennedy is an entrepreneur and investor working with clean tech startup ventures. Her consulting firm, investorMetrix, focuses on researching, reporting and training about sustainability as it relates to profit and value in companies. She is a founder of Green Building Studio, acquired by Autodesk in 2008 and holds an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise.

Lopa Brunjes

Lopa has been deeply steeped in the biochar industry for 5 years. She helped take Biochar Engineering from start-up to acquisition as EVP; served as the Carbon War Room's Biochar Operation Lead; has spoken at TEDxBerkeley on biochar; and is now co-founder of The Biochar Company, whose Soil Reef™ product was launched in select stores in Spring 2012.
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M. Ryan Delaney

Ryan Delaney is co-director of Carbon Roots International, an NGO dedicated to the proliferation of biochar in the developing world through market-based strategies.

Mark Coleman, Ph.D.

PhD, Forest Resources, University of Washington, 1988 Fourteen years with Forest Service Research in Wisconsin and South Carolina Associate Professor, Forest Resources and Director of Intermountain Forest Tree Nutrition Cooperative, University of Idaho since 2008.

Martin Olazar, Ph.D.

Martin Olazar graduated in 1978 and received his doctorate in 1985 from the University of the Basque Country (Spain). He became Professor of Chemical Engineering at this university in 1994. He is a member of the Spanish Biomass Platform and sits on his university’s Committee for Research Management. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and supervisor 30 PhD theses.

Meghana Rao

Meghana Rao is an upcoming Junior at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon. She was introduced to the idea of biochar while doing research for her science project more than two years ago. Since then, she has done independent research on biochar stability at Oregon State University. She presented her last year’s work at the Asia Pacific Biochar Conference. She also enjoys playing competitive tennis and teaching afterschool science classes to at-risk youth locally.

Michael Urban

With Mr. Ric Beddingfield, Mr Urban is the co-founder of Biochar Merchants - a business whose purpose, since 2009, has been the re-sale of horticultural charcoal including chars that result as a by-product of lump charcoal production. Mr. Urban, a father of six, holds a BA from Ohio State University and an MBA from Syracuse University.

Mike Flynn

Mike Flynn is an entrepreneur and applied scientist, who works with various organic residue conversion processes, like vermicomposting and wood char production, in conjunction with, the practical and cost-effective application of the outcomes of these processes, vermicompost and char. Currently Mike Flynn works with organic and conventional leafy green growers in California, as well as, urban aquaculture activities in Wisconsin.

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.

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.

Mr. Huiqiang Cheng

Mr. Cheng is a division director of Department of Resource Conservation and Environmental Protection of National Development and Reform Commission. He is mainly in charge of comprehensively managing agricultural crops and forestry residues, as well as relevant policy making. He graduated from Henan University, majored in national economy.

Natalia Rogovska, Ph.D

Natalia Rogovska received her Ph.D in Soil Science from Iowa State University. Currently she is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Agronomy, ISU. Her research interests include studying the impact of biochar application on greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils, developing screening procedure to differentiate between qualities of biochar, impact of biochar on soil quality and plant disease severity.

Paul Bozzo

Paul Bozzo
Paul Bozzo has a professional background that combines more than 20 years of experience in entrepreneurial strategy, angel/venture capital financing, SBA lending and business planning. Paul is founder and Principal of the 10X Group, a boutique consultancy specializing in working with scalable start-up and fast-growth entrepreneurial ventures in San Francisco’s North Bay region. In this capacity he specializes on issues related to private equity funding, start-up strategy, business planning and financial analysis.

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 www.drtlud.com , 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.

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.

Peter Weisberg

Peter Weisberg, Senior Project Analyst for The Climate Trust, has over four years of experience working in carbon markets. He originates, analyzes and invests in new projects for the Trust and its clients and provides technical expertise and support to the full range of Climate Trust work. His primary focus is on understanding and applying existing and proposed carbon market protocols. He also serves as lead technical specialist for innovative efforts on new project sectors, methodologies, and offset quality criteria.
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Raymond Baltar

Raymond is currently pursuing a second career in sustainability, with biochar as the focus. For his Capstone project in the Green MBA he was the lead writer for a proposed gasification facility in Sonoma County called Sonoma Green Energy. He recently completed an assignment as consultant and lead writer for a biochar/renewable energy business plan for an Eco Commercial Park in Moss Landing California.

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.

Richard J. Frankel, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard J. Frankel, is a professional environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience in industrial environmental management and pollution control systems (air, water, and wastes), Cleaner Production, environmental compliance auditing, environmental monitoring, and environmental & social impact assessment. He has planned and directed capacity building programs on “sustainable development” for government officials and staff in the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and in the Ministry of Industry & Commerce in Lao PDR, and is currently assisting the Ministry of Environment in Cambodia in drafting a new EIA Law.

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.

Robin J Cook

Robin Cook has been in the native seed business for over 18 years. His experience specializes in new technology development based on natural processes. This experience in seeding, erosion control and streambank restoration, has helped many industry Architects and Engineers to implement complex designs for ecological restoration. Robin is a Certified Installer of the Envirolok Vegetated Slope Protection System, and is a Certified River Restoration Professional thru Portland State University.

Ronal W. Larson

Dr. Larson is a founding board member of USBI and a member of the IBI Advisory Council. He is the present coordinator of the Yahoo list "Biochar-policy", and the first coordinator of several earlier Biochar lists (starting in 2006) and the "stoves" list (beginning in 1996). He is a Fellow and former chair of ASES (American Solar Energy Society).

Ryan Hottle

Ryan Hottle is a PhD student at Ohio State University researching the impacts of biochar application on soil ecosystems and fast action strategies to mitigate anthropogenic climate change.

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.

Seok-Young Oh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (2007- present), University of Ulsan, South Korea, Research Associate (2003-2006), University of Delaware, USA Ph.D. (2003), Uuniversity of Delaware, USA M.S. & B.S. (1996, 1994), Seoul National University, South Korea

Sherie L. Edenborn, Ph.D.

Sherie L. Edenborn, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Edenborn received her Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science/Environmental Microbiology from West Virginia University. She is currently working on projects that examine how microbial communities may influence the ability of biochar to improve the ability of plants to resist disease and remove metal contaminates from soil.

Shoieb Akaram

Shoieb Akaram is from India. He did his Engineering degree from Sastra University in Industrial Biotechnology followed by a diploma in Clinical Research. He continued his passion towards environmental engineering by joining the Master’s program in Bioresource Engineering under the supervision of Dr Shiv Prasher. He is majorly looking at various application of Biochar.

Sophie Minori Uchimiya, Ph.D.

Sophie Minori Uchimiya is a Research Chemist at Commodity Utilization Research Unit of USDA-ARS Southern Regional Research Center at New Orleans, LA. She obtained B.S. in chemistry at University of Oregon in 2000 and Ph.D. in environmental chemistry at Johns Hopkins University in 2005. Her research interests include biochar utilization for environmental and agronomic benefits, redox biogeochemistry, and environmental fate of natural and anthropogenic compounds.

Stefanie Kloss

Stefanie holds a degree in physical geography and started her PhD work at the university of Natural Resources and and Life Sciences, Vienna in cooperation with the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). Her research focused on biochar characterization as well as the effects of biochar on soil fertility and plant yield on temperate agricultural soils.

Sunny Castillo

Grad-student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks pursuing a degree in the Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Sciences program. Sunny works as a Soil Conservationist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Fairbanks helping farmers and ranchers to apply conservation practices in their operations. Sunny's place of residence is Fairbanks, Alaska.

Teri Angst

Teri Angst is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh with experience in environmental and technical consulting in a variety of fields including engineering services, IP law, and with VenEarth Group, a venture capital fund that invests in sustainable agriculture and energy technologies. Her research focuses on the use of biochar in combination with cattle manure in grassland systems.

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.

Thomas R. Del Monte, J.D./MBA

Thomas is president of Interra Energy, Inc. In building Interra, he combined the skills of a renewable energy attorney, an innovative MBA, a nurseryman, and pyrolysis technology inventor. Thomas has been active in the biochar community since 2007 and has publicly spoken about biochar on several occasions on topics ranging from biochar economics, biochar's potential inclusion in carbon markets, and biochar production technology.
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Thomas R. Miles

Thomas R. Miles has designed, developed, installed and tested agricultural and industrial systems for fuel handling, air quality, and biomass energy since 1975. An expert in combustion and gasification of biomass, he has designed and developed many systems to make biochar. He has sponsored and hosted internet discussions on biomass energy since 1994 including biochar@yahoogroups.com listservs and www.biochar.bioenergylists.org since 2006.

Wayne S. Teel, Ph.D.

Wayne is a professor of environmental science in the Integrated Science and Technology Program at JMU. He teaches courses on environmental issues, water, agricultural impacts, sustainability, and geography. Over the last four years he directed undergraduate work on biochar projects. He received his Ph.D. from the Natural Resources Department at, Cornell University, specializing in Agroforestry.

Will Bakx

Will Bakx started composting in 1982 as a student at Sonoma State University. He started Sonoma Compost Company in 1985 composting agricultural discards. Since 1993 he has been director of product development and soil scientist with his company to be one of the most recognized compost facilities in the state diverting over 1,400,000 tons of yard trimmings from the landfill.

Xiao Yunhan, Ph.D.

Professor Xiao is the Deputy Director-General at Bureau of High-Tech R&D of Chinese Academe of Sciences (CAS). He joined in CAS since 1996. Prior to joining in the bureau of High-Tech R&D, he worked as the deputy director at Institute of Engineering Thermophysics (IET) of CAS from 2001 to 2006, visited National Institute for Resources and Environment in Japan as the visiting scholar from 1999 to 2000. His research interests include Energy and Technology Policy, IGCC and Co-production for Coal and/or Biomass, Distributed Energy Systems and Renewable Energy, Hydrogen Production and Conversion, Alternative Fuels for Automobile, and Thermal Treatment and Utilization of Wastes. Professor studied in Tsinghua University from 1981 to 1993 and received Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degree.

Yanxue Han

Yanxue Han, from Beijing Forestry University, studied in USDA-ARS/ERRC as a joint phD student with A.A.Boateng, my major is sustainable bio-fuels and co-products, especially the utilization of bio-char including activated biocarbon production and soil amendment.

Zheke Zhong, Ph.D.

Professor Zhong is the Chief Engineer of China National Research Center of Bamboo since 2003. Prior to joining in the organization, professor Zhong was a post doctor from in Technical University of Dresden in Germany 1999 to 2003, worked as an associate professor in Zhejiang Forestry Academy from 1992 to 1994, and as a researched assistant in Zhejiang Forestry Academy from 1984 to 1989. Professor Zhong is now mainly focusing on the following research topics: soil environmental restoration, bamboo forest ecology and application and production of biochar and in charge of research projects financed by China Natural Research Fund, National science and technology support plan etc. Professor Zhong received his doctor degree majored in Soil and Geological Science from Zhejiang University in 1999.

Zuolin Liu

Ph.d. candidate, Department of Earth Science, Rice University, TX - M.S., Hydrogeology, Clemson University, SC - B.E., Hydrology and water resources, Jilin University, China

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