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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.


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