Sustainability: Environmental & Economic Bottom Line

Using a data-driven and integrated modeling framework, CABBI Sustainability Theme researchers will develop the predictive capability to determine which feedstock combinations, regions and land types, market conditions, and bioproducts have the potential to support the ecologically and economically sustainable displacement of fossil fuels. Key areas of emphasis will be to obtain a mechanistic understanding of the plant, soil, microbe, and climate interactions that underlie the productivity and ecosystem services of different feedstocks, and on investigating the technological and economic pathways to a sustainable and resilient bioeconomy. The Sustainability Theme will provide CABBI’s environmental and economic lens, closing the loop on an integrated research program.

Madhu Khanna: Theme Leader

Khanna, the ACES Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is also Associate Director for Education and Outreach at the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment. She has has more than 20 years of experience directing interdisciplinary projects funded by federal agencies and corporations. Her research examines motivations for producers to adopt innovative production technologies, grow biofuel crops, and to participate in conservation programs. Her work informs stakeholders and policy makers about the cost-effectiveness of various approaches to improve environmental qualityKhanna received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics in 1995 from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Wendy Yang: Deputy Theme Leader

Yang, an Assistant Professor of Plant Biology and Geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a faculty member in the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. Her research interests are in how human activities change how natural and managed ecosystems function and how ecosystem responses to global change can drive or slow future changes. Her lab group investigates controls on greenhouse gas emissions, soil nitrogen and carbon dynamics, and the coupling of biogeochemical cycles beyond carbon and nitrogen. Yang received her Ph.D. in 2010 in Environmental Science, Policy & Management from the University of California at Berkeley.

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The Research Team

Carl Bernacchi

Associate Professor of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Edward Brzostek

Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology and Ecosystem Modeling, West Virginia University

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Ximing Cai

Colonel Harry F. and Frankie M. Lovell Endowed Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Evan H. DeLucia

G. William Arends Professor of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Adrien Finzi

Professor of Biology, Boston University

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Kaiyu Guan

Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Jeremy Guest

Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Emily Heaton

Associate Professor of Agronomy, Iowa State University

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Adina Howe

Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University

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Tara Hudiburg

Assistant Professor of Forest, Rangeland & Fire Sciences, University of Idaho

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Angela Kent

Associate Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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DoKyoung Lee

Associate Professor of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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William Parton

Senior Research Scientist, Colorado State University

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Jian Peng

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Andy VanLoocke

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University

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Thomas Voigt

Professor of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The Operating Team

An alphabetical listing of all postdocs, research technicians, and graduate students doing CABBI research in the Sustainability Theme.

A-F

Nic Boersma, Agronomy Research Scientist (Heaton), Iowa State University

Jinlyung Choi, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Postdoc (Howe), Iowa State University

Yoel Cortes-Peña, Civil and Envtl. Eng. M.S. Candidate (Guest), U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kelsie Ferin, Agricultural Meteorology Ph.D. Candidate (VanLoocke), Iowa State University

G-L

Chongya Jiang, Natural Resources and Envtl. Sciences Postdoc (Guan), U. of Ill. at Urbana-C.

Jaejin Lee, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Postdoc (Howe), Iowa State University

Yunan Luo, Computer Science Ph.D. Candidate (Peng), U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M-R

Caitlin Moore, Plant Biology Postdoc (Bernacchi), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

More coming soon!

S-Z

Adam Von Haden, Plant Biology Postdoc (DeLucia/Yang), U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

WeiWei Wang, Ag. & Consumer Economics Researcher (Khanna), U. of Ill. at Urbana-Champaign

Qiankun Zhao, Civil Engineering M.S. Candidate (Cai), U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jia Zhong, Ag. & Applied Economics Ph.D. Candidate (Khanna), U. of Ill. at Urbana-Champaign

Support Staff

Research Coordinator Anya Knecht Email >>>