Justin Heavey, State University of New York

Justin Heavey is a senior research support specialist for the Willow Project at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York. Since 2008, he has been managing energy and sustainability projects in higher education.
 
In his present work, Justin helps landowners and other stakeholders who grow, use, or are simply interested in bioenergy crops. The expanding willow bioenergy industry in New York State and the Northeast benefits from his technical and …

F. John Hay, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

F. John Hay is an Extension Educator in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who is focused on energy and biofuels. Throughout his more than 10 years in Extension, his work has been tuned to the educational needs of Nebraskans.

John’s most recent interest has been fuel literacy, an issue that will become increasingly important as more diverse fuel blends become available. He enjoys talking with farmers and non-farmers about the fuel they use, what’s …

Zane Helsel, Rutgers University Extension

Dr. Zane Helsel, eXtension specialist in agriculture energy at Rutgers University, has fused agronomy and agricultural engineering during a career that has spanned nearly 40 years. Dr. Helsel is also a Courtesy Professor of Agronomy at the University of Florida, where he’s been involved in the biomass energy program since 2008.

Dr. Helsel has been an eXtension educator, teacher, and researcher. His most recent focus has been on the potential for biomass energy feedstock production in New Jersey. He has …

Daniel Ciolkosz, Penn State

Dr. Ciolkosz is a research and extension associate in Penn State’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. He works to develop engineering knowhow that will help Pennsylvania’s farms produce bioenergy and improve energy efficiency. This includes a variety of extension efforts with farmers, business developers, landowners, and biomass end users. The specific work can take on many forms, such as providing technical advice to individuals, hosting advanced bioenergy short courses, editing new books on wood energy, helping schools and other …

Timothy Volk, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Dr. Timothy Volk has more than 25 years of experience working in the fields of forestry, agroforestry, short-rotation woody crops, bioenergy, and phytoremediation in the Northeastern United States and Africa. He is responsible for a series of research projects focused on the development of shrub willow biomass cropping systems as a feedstock for bioproducts and bioenergy and the use of willow as an alternative cover for industrial waste sites. He is also actively involved in research and development of sustainability …

Larry Smart, Cornell University

Larry Smart, a professor in Cornell University’s Department of Horticulture since July 2009, is a plant geneticist and physiologist who has been a leader of efforts in genetic improvement of fast-growing shrub willow as a bioenergy crop since 1998. He has assembled a large and diverse collection of willows, which serves as a basis for traditional breeding.

Using optimized techniques for pollen extraction and controlled pollination, his group has produced more than 450 new families of willow varieties, including a …

Vernon Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension

Vern Grubinger is the vegetable and berry specialist and Extension Professor with the University of Vermont. He helps farmers with a wide variety of technical issues in production, especially soil stewardship and pest management. He has developed an information network that connects growers through his Vegetable and Berry Grower website, a list serve, newsletter, and a variety of educational workshops and conferences. He also serves as coordinator of USDA’s Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), …

Ben Jackson – University of Georgia

Ben Jackson is a professor and Timber Harvesting Extension Specialist in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. He received a PhD in forestry from Texas A&M University.  Currently, he is the leader of the Wood Energy Community of Practice.

Ben specializes in woody biomass and conventional forest products harvesting and transportations issues, forest road construction, and alternative forest products.   Over the years, he has developed many forestry-related educational products and programs for forest landowners, …

Cary Weiner, Colorado State University Extension

 

Cary Weiner is Clean Energy Specialist for Colorado State University Extension.  He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.  His previous experience includes being Renewable Energy Planner for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico and both a budget analyst and environmental educator for the State of New Mexico.  In his current position with CSU Extension, Cary develops and delivers statewide energy programming to consumers, volunteers, teachers, and agricultural producers.  He has published and peer