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.

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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 Research Team

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

Edward Brzostek

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

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The Research Team

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

Assistant 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 >>>

Angela Kent

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

Her Agricultural and Biological Engineering page >>>

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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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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 Operating Team

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

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SARAH ACQUAH

Agricultural and Consumer Economics Postdoc

PI: Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

KARA ALLEN

Biology Postdoc

PI: Brzostek

West Virginia University

DANIELLE BERARDI

Ecology Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Hudiburg

University of Idaho

NIC BOERSMA

Agronomy Research Scientist

PI: Heaton

Iowa State University

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TAYLOR BOZMAN

Plant Biology Field/Lab Technician

PI: Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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MARK BURNHAM

Plant Biology/iSEE Postdoc

PI: Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

LUOYE CHEN

Agricultural and Applied Economics Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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JINLYUNG CHOI

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Postdoc

PI: Howe

Iowa State University

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YOEL CORTES-PEÑA

Civil and Environmental Engineering M.S. Candidate

PI: Guest

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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KELSIE FERIN

Agricultural Meteorology Ph.D. Candidate

PI: VanLoocke

Iowa State University

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G-L

MARC-ANDRE GIASSON

Biogeochemistry Lab Technician

PI: Finzi

Boston University

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MELANNIE HARTMAN

Ecology Programmer/Analyst

PI: Parton

Colorado State University

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I-FANG HSIEH

Biology Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Finzi

Boston University

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YIZHI HUANG

Computer Science M.S. Candidate

PIs: Guan/Peng

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

AVARNA JAIN

Plant Biology Field Research Specialist

PIs: DeLucia/Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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CHONGYA JIANG

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Postdoc

PI: Guan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

JEFF KENT

Forestry Postdoc

PI: Hudiburg

University of Idaho

DONGWON KI

iSEE Integration Postdoc

PIs: Guest (Sustainability)/Rao/Jin (Conversion)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

JORDAN KOOS

Graduate Hourly Researcher

PI: Kent

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

JAEJIN LEE

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Postdoc

PI: Howe

Iowa State University

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CARRIE LEIBENSPERGER

Civil and Environmental Engineering M.S. Candidate

PI: Cai

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

YIJIA LI

Agricultural and Applied Economics Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ELEANOR LUCADAMO

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences M.S. Candidate

PI: Kent

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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SUSAN LUTZ

Technical/Research Support

PI: Parton

Colorado State University

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M-R

LANYING MA

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Postdoc

PI: Howe

Iowa State University

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

CAITLIN MOORE

Plant Biology Postdoc

PI: Bernacchi

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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EBERHARD MORGENROTH

iSEE Visiting Scholar

PI: Guest

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

JESSICA MULCRONE

Plant Biology Field/Lab Technician

PI: Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

TAYLOR PEDERSON

Plant Biology Lab and Field Research Technician

PI: Bernacchi

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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RYAN QUINN

Biology Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Finzi

Boston University

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

S-Z

MUSTAFA SAIFFUDIN

Biology Ph.D. Candidate

PI: Finzi

Boston University

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AUGUST SCHETTER

Crop Sciences M.S. Candidate

PI: Lee

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

RUI SHI

Engineering Postdoc

PI: Guest

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

JACOB STUDT

Soil Science M.S. Candidate

PI: Heaton

Iowa State University

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KONRAD TAUBE

iSEE Academic Hourly

PI: DeLucia

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MAURICIO TEJERA

Agronomy Ph.D. 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

Plant Biology Postdoc

PIs: DeLucia/Yang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

WEIWEI WANG

Agricultural and Consumer Economics Researcher

PI: Khanna

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SHURAN WEI

Civil and Environmental Engineering Academic Hourly

PI: Cai

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

KAREN GUPTA WEICHOLD

Civil and Environmental Engineering M.S. Candidate

PI: Cai

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

KE XU

Computer Science M.S. Candidate

PIs: Guan/Peng

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PAN YANG

Civil Engineering Postdoc

PI: Cai

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

XINYI ZHANG

Civil and Environmental Engineering M.S. Candidate

PI: Guest

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

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

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

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

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

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