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 Research 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.

Her Agricultural and Consumer Economics page >>>

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Andy VanLoocke: Deputy Theme Leader

VanLoocke, an Assistant Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University , is an expert in agricultural meteorology. He researches how humans’ use of land might impact agro-ecosystem processes in tandem with global change. He aims to develop and refine estimates of the impacts of ongoing and future land use change and global change on agro-ecosystem processes and services with a combination of field-based measurements and agro-ecosystem models. VanLoocke received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

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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 also on the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology faculty. She researches human influence on natural and managed ecosystems and how ecosystem responses to global change can affect future changes. She studies controls on greenhouse gas emissions, soil nitrogen and carbon dynamics, and the coupling of biogeochemical cycles beyond carbon and nitrogen. Yang got her Ph.D. in 2010 in Environmental Science, Policy & Management from the University of California at Berkeley.

Her School of Integrative Biology page >>>

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The Lead Scientists

Carl Bernacchi

Plant Physiologist, U.S. Dept. of Ag. Agricultural Research Service Global Change and Photosynthesis Research, Urbana, IL

His School of Integrative Biology page >>>

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The Research Team

Elizabeth Boughton

Research Director and Biologist, Archbold Biological Station

Her Archbold page >>>

The Research Team

Edward Brzostek

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

His Biology page >>>

Ximing Cai

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

His Civil & Environmental Engineering page >>>

Evan H. DeLucia

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

His School of Integrative Biology page >>>

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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

His Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences page >>>

Jeremy Guest

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

His Civil & Environmental Engineering page >>>

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Emily Heaton

Associate Professor of Agronomy, Iowa State University

Her Agronomy page >>>

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Adina Howe

Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University

Her Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering page >>>

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Tara Hudiburg

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

Her Natural Resources page >>>

Feature article on her lab >>>

Angela Kent

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

Her Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences page >>>

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D.K. Lee

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

His Crop Sciences page >>>

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William Parton

Senior Research Scientist, Colorado State University

His Natural Resources page >>>

Jian Peng

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

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William Rooney

Professor of Soil and Crop Sciences and Borlaug-Monsanto Chair for Plant Breeding and International Crop Improvement, Texas A&M University

His Soil and Crop Sciences page >>>

Thomas Voigt

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

His Crop Sciences page >>>

The Research Team

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

A-F

CORBEN ANDREWS

Field Research Specialist

PIs: DeLucia/Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

GULER ASLAN-SUNGUR

Postdoc

PI: VanLoocke

Iowa State University

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JOSH BENDORF

Agronomy M.S. Candidate

PI: VanLoocke

Iowa State University

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DANIELLE BERARDI

Ecology Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Hudiburg

University of Idaho

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SARANG BHAGWAT

Civil & Environmental Engineering Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Guest

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BETHANY BLAKELY

Postdoc

PI: Bernacchi

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ELENA BLANC-BETES

Postdoc

PI: DeLucia

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

NIC BOERSMA

Agronomy Research Scientist

PI: Heaton

Iowa State University

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EMMA BRACE

Postdoc

PI: Guest

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MARK BURNHAM

Postdoc

PIs: Yang/DeLucia

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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LUOYE CHEN

Agricultural and Applied Economics Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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ALLISON COOK

Field Research Scientist

PI: Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

YOEL CORTES-PEÑA

Civil and Environmental Engineering M.S. Candidate

PI: Guest

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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JENNIFER DeBELLIS

Academic Hourly

PI: Guest

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

DANYANG DUAN

Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences M.S. Candidate

PI: Kent

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

WILLIAM EDDY

Visiting Scholar

PI: Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PATRICK EDMONDS

Associate Scientist

PIs: Heaton/VanLoocke

Iowa State University

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KELSIE FERIN

Agricultural Meteorology Ph.D. Candidate

PI: VanLoocke

Iowa State University

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MARC-ANDRE GIASSON

Biogeochemistry Lab Technician

PI: Finzi

Boston University

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CHRISTY GIBSON

Postdoc

PI: Bernacchi

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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KATE GLANVILLE

Postdoc

PIs: VanLoocke/Heaton

Iowa State University

JACK GOLDMAN

Field Research Specialist

PIs: DeLucia/Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

NURIA GOMEZ-CASANOVAS

Visiting Research Scientist

PI: DeLucia

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MELANNIE HARTMAN

Ecology Programmer/Analyst

PI: Parton

Colorado State University

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INGRID HOLSTROM

Field Research Specialist

PI: Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

XINCHEN HU

Graduate Student

PI: Cai

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

YIZHI HUANG

Computer Science M.S. Candidate

PIs: Guan/Peng

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

CHUCK HYDE

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

CHUNHWA JANG

Postdoc

PI: Lee

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

NIUNIU JI

Postdoc

PI: Kent

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

CHONGYA JIANG

Postdoc

PI: Guan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

STEPHANIE JUICE

Postdoc

PI: Brzostek

West Virginia University

JEFF KENT

Postdoc

PI: Hudiburg

University of Idaho

Feature article on the Idaho lab >>>

MITCHELL KENT

Soil and Crop Sciences M.S. Candidate

PI: Rooney

Texas A&M University

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ISAAC KLIMASMITH

Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Kent

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

GEORGE KONTOS

Civil & Environmental Engineering Graduate Student

PI: Guest

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

JAEJIN LEE

Research Scientist

PI: Howe

Iowa State University

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YUAN YAO LEE

Postdoc

PI: Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

KAIYUAN LI

Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Guan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

YALIN LI

Postdoc

PI: Guest

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

DI LIANG

Postdoc

PIs: Yang/Kent

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SUSAN LUTZ

Technical/Research Support

PI: Parton

Colorado State University

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FAHD MAJEED

Agricultural and Applied Economics Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

HIROSHI MATSUSHIMA

Agricultural and Applied Economics Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

JESSICA MULCRONE

Plant Biology Field/Lab Technician

PI: Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MATT NOWATZKE

Crop Production & Physiology, Environmental Science Ph.D. Candidate

PIs: VanLoocke/Heaton

Iowa State University

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TOM PARKINSON

Civil & Environmental Engineering M.S. Candidate

PI: Guest

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

TAYLOR PEDERSON

Plant Biology Lab/Field Research Technician

PI: Bernacchi

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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BRYAN PETERSEN

Agronomy Graduate Student

PI: VanLoocke

Iowa State University

XIMIN PIAO

Civil & Environmental Engineering M.S. Candidate

PI: Cai

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

RYAN QUINN

Biology Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Finzi

Boston University

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SIERRA RAGLIN

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences M.S. Candidate

PI: Kent

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

JOANNA RIDGEWAY

Biology Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Brzostek

West Virginia University

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BIJAY SHARMA

Postdoc

PI: Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

RUI SHI

Postdoc

PI: Guest

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SANDRA SIMON

Field Research Technician

PI: Kent

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

THANWALEE SOOKSA-NGUAN

Postdoc

PI: Howe

Iowa State University

ALEX STEINER

Plant Biology Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Heaton

Iowa State University

DALTON STEWART

Civil & Environmental Engineering M.S. Candidate

PI: Guest

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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JACOB STUDT

Soil Science M.S. Candidate

PI: Heaton

Iowa State University

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RACHEL EMILY VAN ALLEN

Plant Biology Field Research Specialist

PI: Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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ADAM VON HADEN

Postdoc

PIs: DeLucia/Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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RACHEL WALTERMIRE

Field Research Technician

PI: Kent

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SHENG WANG

Postdoc

PI: Guan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

WEIWEI WANG

Agricultural and Consumer Economics Researcher

PI: Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

STEPHEN WILLIAMS

Technician

PI: Parton

Colorado State University

GENGHONG WU

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Guan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

JIHOON YANG

Postdoc

PI: Howe

Iowa State University

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PAN YANG

Postdoc

PI: Cai

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

NA ZHANG

Agricultural & Applied Economics Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

KEJIE ZHAO

Graduate Student

PIs: Peng/Guan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

QIANKUN ZHAO

Civil Engineering M.S. Candidate

PI: Cai

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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JIA ZHONG

Agricultural and Applied Economics Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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FORMER TEAM MEMBERS

Sarah Acquah, Postdoc (Khanna), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research profile >>>

Kara Allen, Postdoc (Brzostek), West Virginia University

Taylor Bozman, Plant Biology Field/Lab Technician (Yang), University of Illinois at Urbana-C.

Jinlyung Choi, Postdoc (Howe), Iowa State University

Deepayan Debnath, Senior Research Scientist (Khanna), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Erhu Du, Consultant (Cai), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Desarae Echevarria, Civil and Envtl. Eng. M.S. Candidate (Guest), University of Illinois at Urbana-C.

I-Fang Hsieh, Biology Ph.D. Candidate (Finzi), Boston University

Avarna Jain, Plant Biology Field Research Specialist (DeLucia/Yang), University of Ill. at Urbana-C.

Dongwon Ki, Integration Postdoc (Guest/Rao/Jin), University of Illinois at Urbana-C.

Jordan Koos, Graduate Hourly Researcher (Kent), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Carrie Leibensperger, Civil & Envtl. Eng. M.S. Candidate (Cai), U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yijia Li, Agricultural and Applied Economics Ph.D. Candidate (Khanna), U. of Illinois at Urbana-C.

Yu-Jeh Liu, Electrical & Computer Eng. M.S. Candidate (Peng), U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eleanor Lucadamo, Field Research Specialist (Kent), U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

Lanying Ma, Postdoc (Howe), Iowa State University

Caitlin Moore, Postdoc (Bernacchi), University of Ill. at Urbana-Champaign Research profile >>>

Eberhard Morgenroth, Visiting Scholar (Guest), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sean Ooi, Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology Ph.D. Candidate (Yang), U. of Ill. at U.-C.

Mustafa Saiffudin, Biology Ph.D. Candidate (Finzi), Boston University

August Schetter, Crop Sciences M.S. Candidate (Lee), Univ. of Ill. at Urbana-C. Research profile >>>

Majid Shafiee Jood, Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. Candidate (Cai), U. of Ill. at Urbana-C.

Matthew Siebers, Postdoc (Bernacchi), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tianyu Sun, Computer Science M.S. Candidate (Peng), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Konrad Taube, Academic Hourly (DeLucia), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mauricio Tejera, Agronomy Ph.D. Candidate (Heaton), Iowa State University

Xiao Wang, Agricultural and Applied Economics Ph.D. Candidate (Khanna), U. of Ill. at U.-C.

Shuran Wei, Civil & Envtl. Eng. Academic Hourly (Cai), U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Karen Gupta Weichold, Civil & Envtl. Eng. M.S. Candidate (Guest), U. of Illinois at Urbana-C.

Ke Xu, Computer Science M.S. Candidate (Guan/Peng), University of Illinois at Urbana-C.

Xinyi Zhang, Civil and Envtl. Eng. M.S. Candidate (Guest), University of Illinois at Urbana-C.