Beth Ahner (PhD, Civil & Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 1994) is Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University (1996-). Ahner specializes in algal trace element physiology and is currently working on targeted proteomic techniques to develop a quantitative tool to measure regulation of various metabolic pathways in algae. Ahner has worked on technology transfer and development with small New York companies (e.g., CEA Systems, Lakemaster Inc.). Ahner has been the primary mentor to 17 graduate students and post-docs, has received teaching awards for her classroom teaching and has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles spanning a diverse set of disciplines including biological and chemical oceanography, environmental chemistry, and plant molecular biology. Ahner is an active member in several professional societies.
Ian Archibald (D Phil, Biophysics, Oxford, 1980) leads Integrated Renewables, a non-profit research institute (2013-); a member of the Cellana Leadership Team (2007-2011), and with Shell in many roles (1982-2010), Archibald has worked in most areas of the oil industry: oil product development, marketing, supply trading, exploration and production, environmental affairs, and technology strategy. He was a Founding member of the Shell Gamechanger team, which brought radical innovation to implementation within Shell. He was Manager, Algal Biofuels Technology within the Shell biofuels organization until 2011. Archibald specializes in innovation and overall system integration, the interface to scale up and fuel and co-product commercialization.
Colin Beal (PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2011) is an engineering consultant with B&D Engineering and Consulting. Colin's dissertation focused on the barriers to sustainable algal biofuel production. Since graduation, he has worked with OpenAlgae, the NASA OMEGA project, and the Cornell Marine Algae Biofuel Consortium, mainly focused on conducting techno-economic engineering assessments of algae production and conversion methods.
Robert Bidigare (PhD, Biological Oceanography, Texas A&M, 1981) is Professor and Director of the Center for Marine Microbial Ecology & Diversity (CMMED), University of Hawaii (1990-), formerly Research Scientist (1983-90) and Research Associate, Texas A&M (1981-83). He is a founding member of HR BioPetroleum, associate editor for Limnology & Oceanography (2002-), federal advisor for NOAA’s Ocean & Human Health program (2006-), and formally served on the National Research Council’s Reference Materials for Ocean Science study panel (2001-2002) and was an associate editor for Reviews of Geophysics (1997-2001). Bidigare specializes in bio-optical oceanography, phytoplankton pigment biochemistry, intermediary metabolism in marine plankton and pelagic trophodynamics. He has more than 165 peer-reviewed scholarly publications. He has received numerous awards, including a Certificate of Merit (American Chemical Society, 1990), Best Paper awards (The Geochemical Society, 1995 and Japanese Phycological Society, 2003), ARCS Foundation (Honolulu Chapter) Scientist of the Year award (2003), Klaus Wyrtki award for Excellence in Graduate Education (Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, 2004), University of Hawaii Excellence in Research award (2007), and the American Geophysical Union Fellow award (2008).
Susan Brown (PhD, Biological Oceanography, U Hawaii, 2001) is Research Affiliate, University of Hawaii (2005-), and has held previous research positions at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and in the private sector (2002-04). For the past 3 years she has worked on R&D, partnered with Cellana, to-wards the goal of commercially produced biofuels from marine microalgae. Brown isolated over 500 strains of marine microalgae, 2 of which will be tested in large-scale production this year. She has successfully targeted microalgal isolations for other applied purposes, including pharmaceutical research and biohydrogen production. Brown specializes in marine plankton ecology and has authored over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts and participated in 17 oceanographic field expeditions.
William Cochlan (PhD, Oceanography, U British Columbia, 1990) is Research Professor and Senior Research Scientist, San Francisco State University (1998), with previous faculty and research appointments at U So California (1992-98) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1990-92). Cochlan has been Head of Cultivation at KPF (2008-09), and has extensive laboratory and field experience culturing algae and evaluating their growth characteristics and physiological health. Cochlan specializes in phytoplankton ecophysiology, nutrient dynamics, and the utilization of macro- and micro-nutrients by marine phytoplankton and bacteria, in particular toxigenic algae. Cochlan has been PI in 3 US research efforts to assess the utility of iron enrichment as a means to increase productivity and enhance carbon sequestration in HNLC oceanic regions. Author of 50 peer-reviewed publications.
Virginia Corless (PhD, University of Cambridge 2009) is Science and Development Manager of The Sahara Forest Project AS and research manager for the company’s pilot facility in Qatar. She received her BSc in Physics (MIT, 2005), a Marshall scholarship and NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to complete her PhD at Cambridge. After a postdoctoral research position at the Excellence Cluster for Fundamental Physics in Garching, Germany, she received an American Physical Society / American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy fellowship to serve as an advisor to the US Senate Committee for Energy and Natural Resources, where she worked on international clean energy and domestic industrial efficiency issues. Corless specializes in working at the boundary of scientific research, technology development, and public policy in the clean energy sector.
Léda Gerber (PhD, Energy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne - EPFL, 2012) is Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University (2013-), where she develops models and methods for a sustainable engineering of algal biofuels production processes. Her PhD dissertation focused on integrating Life Cycle Assessment in the conceptual design procedure of emerging renewable energy technologies, with applications to the fields of biomass, geothermal energy and urban systems. She has received several awards recognizing the quality of her research at EPFL and is the author of a book about the sustainable design of renewable energy systems.
Charles Greene (PhD, Biological Oceanography, U Washington 1985) is a Professor in Cornell's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Director of the University's Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program. In recent years, he has coordinated the University's Sustainable Earth, Energy, and Environmental Systems Program and its Masters of Ocean Science and Technology (MOST) Program offfered jointly with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. External to Cornell, Dr. Greene coordinates the international Marine Eco-system Responses to Climate in the North Atlantic (MERCINA) working group and works with the private sector on a number of ocean technology initiatives ranging from algal bioenergy to fisheries acoustics. Dr. Greene has been awarded many teaching and advising awards at Cornell. In 2008 he was inducted as a Fellow into the Oceanography Society for his contributions to the oceanographic community.
Mark Huntley (PhD, Biological Oceanography, Dalhousie 1980) is Adjunct Professor, Duke University (2013-) and Visiting Scientist, College of Engineering, Cornell University (2011-). He was Chief Technology and Science Officer, Cellana (2007-2011); Researcher, University of Hawaii (1998-2010), and Research Scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1980-98). In 1984 he founded Aquasearch, a commercial algae company that by 1996 grew to $200m market value. In 2005 he co-founded HR BioPetroleum, which in 2008 formed a $100m joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell. Huntley has served in leadership roles in many national and international scientific research programs. In this project, he is the Contact Principal Investigator, and leads Consortium activities in Harvesting & Dewatering and the Design Report.
Johan Johansen (PhD Aquaculture, U Tromsø 2003) is R&D-manager (1999-) at Gildeskål Research station (GIFAS) where his organization provides experimental facilities to aquaculture-related industry and academia. Johan has expertise in general fish farming, with emphasis on nutrition and farming strategies focusing on optimizing performance, quality and welfare of farmed fish. Project portfolio ranges from leading international fish farming industries and aqua-feed producers, to national and international funding institutions such as Research Council of Norway and European Union. Recently, he played a key role in the establishment of a nutritional forum within the framework of the Norwegian Centres of Expertise (NCE Aquaculture).
Zackary Johnson (PhD Botany, Duke University 2000) is Assistant Professor, Duke University (2009-), with a previous faculty appointment at U Hawaii (2005-09). Johnson has worked on phyto-plankton/algae for ~20 years and did his postdoctoral research with one of the pioneers in algae biofuels research. Johnson has led several oceanographic expeditions, is PI on NSF and DOE projects focusing on phytoplankton photosynthesis and growth, and has developed instrumentation to measure photosynthetic parameters. Author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, Johnson led Cellana/DOE Consortium program that screened >500 marine strains.
Donald Redalje (PhD, Biological Oceanography, U Hawaii 1980) is Professor of Marine Science at The University of Southern Mississippi (1985-), formerly Research Professor at Naval Postgraduate School (1982-84) and Lecturer at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State Universities System (1984-1985). Redalje patented, designed, built and successfully commercialized hybrid system algae production technology with Huntley and, recently, created HR BioPetroleum Inc, now a Member in Cellana. Redalje specializes in marine phytoplankton physiological ecology, including determination of lipid and protein synthesis in microalgae grown under combinations of light, temperature and growth rate. In addition, he has focused on the role of phytoplankton in the global carbon cycle as affected by global climate change, dynamics of Harmful Algal Blooms, assessment of environmental quality in coastal waters, and marine policy and science-based resource management.
Deborah Sills (PhD, Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 2011) is Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell Energy Institute (2011-13), and Assistant Professor, Bucknell University (Jul 2013-). Sills has worked on experimental and modeling aspects of biomass conversion projects.
Jeff Tester (PhD Chemical Engineering, MIT 1971) is Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, Cornell University (2009-), and HP Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT and director of MIT’s Energy Laboratory (1989-2001). As chair, Advisory Council, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and chair, Governor’s Advisory Council on Mass. Renewable Energy Trust (>10 yrs), he is familiar with facilitating technology transfer and commercialization relevant to bioenergy. His research is focused on understanding transport, thermo-dynamic, and chemical reaction phenomena in hydrothermal and supercritical water media that are relevant to many applications, including liquefaction, gasification, and chemical reformation of biomass feedstocks. His research group was the first to make measurements in supercritical water, of: (1) precipitation of ionic salts, and (2) chemical kinetics of >10 model compounds. He has recently led studies on life cycle assessment of corn ethanol and algal biofuels.
Kiron Viswanath (DFSc Tokyo University of Fisheries 1993; PhD Marine Science, Cochin University 1989) is Professor of Aquaculture (2004- ) and leader of the Aquatic Animal Health Research Group at University of Nordland. Previously he was Assistant Professor (1994-2004) and Researcher (1989 -’93) at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. Kiron has expertise both in nutrition and health of aquatic animals. In Japan, as part of the world-renowned group in Fish Nutrition, he tested alternate protein ingredients and developed environmentally-friendly feeds that were effectively adopted by the industry. Currently leading 4 major projects - 3 funded by the Research Council of Norway; successfully led Cellana’s multi-species international study on the application of algal biomass in aquatic feeds. Authored over 95 peer-reviewed publications, organized the IX (in Japan) and XI (in Thailand) International Symposia on Fish Nutrition and Feeding and Genomics in Aquaculture Systems 2009 (Norway) and 2011 (Greece).
Walsh, Michael Jay
Michael Jay Walsh, (Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Cornell University 2013) is an Energy & Sustainable Technologies Fellow at the Center for Integration of Science and Industry @ Bentley University where he researches technology development and commercialization. His doctoral dissertation focused on trace metal bioavailability to marine phytoplankton. He has held several leadership positions during the course of his academic training and has been recognized by New York State Water Environment Association and the American Institute of Biological Sciences for his work at the science & policy interface. For the consortia, Dr. Walsh provides financial and commercialization guidance and is also examining the land use change impacts of global algal production.