Events & Media: Elliott Campbell

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Presents

A COMMUNITY COLLOQUIUM

Elliott Campbell
Assistant Professor
School of Engineering
University of California, Merced

Monday, Oct. 3, 2011
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Bioenergy Sustainability: Want to Get Involved?"

Hosted by Sangwon Suh

Abstract
A recent explosion in funding for bioenergy research promises to uncover a sustainable pathway for energy development. This is a daunting challenge given the far-reaching consequences of bioenergy, which can affect everything from food security and rural poverty to biodiversity and water quality. Thus, the success of these rapidly growing research efforts will be based on the extent to which scientists from unique disciplines can engage in biofuels research at a fundamental level. In this seminar, I will describe recent advances in our understanding of bioenergy based on interdisciplinary work among ecologists, agronomists, political scientists, and engineers, as well as emerging issues in bioenergy sustainability that remain to be addressed.

Biography
Elliott Campbell is an assistant professor at the University of California, Merced, with appointments in the Sierra Nevada Research Institute and the School of Engineering. Dr. Campbell works in the area of ecological engineering, with a focus on agro-ecosystem sustainability for food and biofuel production. He has consulted on state, federal, and international policy and has appeared in media ranging from NPR’s “Morning Edition” to The Economist. He received his BS and MS from Stanford and his PhD from the University of Iowa. He completed postdoctoral work at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.

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