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.

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.

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 listservs and since 2006.

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.

Chris Peltz

Chris Peltz (MS – Watershed Science) is MSI’s Science Coordinator. He is involved with a number of projects focusing on mine remediation, water quality sampling, river restoration, and the effects of fire on mercury in soils. His research interests include novel techniques for riparian restoration, alpine ecology, and river restoration.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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