Dr. Christian Frankenberg
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Christian Frankenberg is a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California focusing on the remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases (with particular focus on greenhouse gases), bio-geochemical cycles (through observations of greenhouse gases and chlorophyll fluorescence), hydrological cycle and distribution of water isotopes, inverse methods, and applied spectroscopy. Dr. Frankenerg received his Ph.D. in environmental physics from Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidellberg, Germany in 2005 where he was also a postdoctoral researcher. Dr. Frankenerg was also a VENI Postdoctoral Researcher (in conjunction with a personal fellowship from the Dutch Science Foundation) until December of 2009. Most recently he was awarded the NASA Early Career Achievement Medal and the Lew Allen Award for Excellence in 2012.
Mr. Fiji George
Mr. Fiji George has more than 21 years of experience related to energy-environmental and sustainability issues spanning natural gas production, processing, transmission and LNG. His current focus is on characterizing methane emissions from the natural gas value chain through collaborative research, and developing sound policies to meet the challenge of reducing methane emissions from the natural gas sector. He also focuses on identifying solutions for prudent natural gas development in a low carbon economy, including assessing the impact of carbon budgets on oil and gas development. His experience includes leading the development of comprehensive methane emissions inventories and protocols; development of methane measurement programs; and participation in scientific studies with academia, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other industry partners. He has been involved in several multi-stakeholder studies, including the 2010-2011 National Petroleum Council (NPC), the University of Texas studies on methane emissions from the production sector, the Stanford University led Energy Modeling Forum (EMF), and methane studies in collaboration with Colorado School of Mines, NREL, and NOAA. He is a co-author on peer-reviewed scientific papers related to methane emissions, and has been a peer-reviewer for several reports including reports from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Department of Energy (DoE), Resources for the Future (RFF), Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). He holds a master’s in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s in Mining Engineering from Anna University, India.
Dr. Alexander Hristov
Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Alexander Hristov is a Professor of Dairy Nutrition in the Department of Animal Science at The Pennsylvania State University. Hristov is a member of several professional organizations and the Feed Composition Committee of the National Animal Nutrition Program. His main field of research is mitigation of nutrient losses and gaseous emissions from livestock, specifically dairy, operations. Hristov is Chair of the Feed and Nutrition Network (FNN) within the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases. His published works include more than 140 refereed-journal articles, as well as several books and book chapters.
Dr. Ermias Kebreab
University of California, Davis
Dr. Ermias Kebreab is a Professor and the Deputy Director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institue in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Kebreab is also serving as the current Sesnon Chair of the Animal Nutrition and Environment Modeling Applications Laboratory, which supports a distinguished animal scientist who provides intellectual leadership in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research for the Department of Animal Science, the College and the campus. The chair holder is expected to have made distinguished research contributions in the field of animal science relevant to the biology and production of livestock or aquaculture species. His current research interests include: whole system approach to quantifying greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture; mathematical modeling and mitigation of emissions from animals, manure and soil; development of energy and nutrient utilization/requirement models in cattle, swine and poultry; and sustainable agriculture, in particular animal production in relation to environmental sustainability. Dr. Kebreab received his Ph.D. in Ecological Modeling and his Masters in Integrative Biology at the University of Reading, United Kingdom in 1998 and 1991, respectively. He is currently a member of American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Science.
Dr. April Leytem
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dr. April Leytem is a research scientist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service with the Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research Laboratory in Kimberly, Idaho. For the past eleven years she has been working in the area of on-farm emissions of ammonia and greenhouse gasses from the livestock sector including animal housing, manure storage and land application of manures. Studies have focused on development of techniques for measuring/monitoring on-farm emissions and development of baseline emissions factors. In particular her focus has been on emissions from western dairy production systems. She was a contributing author for the USDA document “Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory” in particular she co-authored the chapter on “Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks in Animal Production Systems”. In addition she has been involved in helping to improve whole farm modeling efforts to estimate emissions from dairy production systems and efforts to quantify emissions for carbon credit applications.
Dr. Maria Mastalerz
Dr. Maria Mastalerz is a Senior Scientist with the Indiana Geological Survey and Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Geological Sciences, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Dr. Mastalerz received her Ph.D. degree in Mining Geology from Silesian Technical University in Gliwice and her M.Sc. degree in Geology from Wroclaw University, both in Poland. She did post-doctoral research at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Mastalerz’s area of expertise is coal geology and organic petrology and geochemistry of hydrocarbon source rocks. She has conducted research on coal and kerogen in sedimentary basins of Poland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and USA. She has also wide laboratory-oriented experience; she has developed and applied electron microprobe and reflectance micro-FTIR to study light element composition and functional group distributions in organic matter. Her current projects include characterization of Indiana Basin coals, investigation of coalbed methane potential and CO2 sorption intoorganic-matter rich formations, and oil and gas shale characterization. She has about 200 papers related to fossil fuels published in peer-reviewed journals and is a recipient of national and international awards for her contributions to coal geology and organic petrology. Dr. Mastalerz serves as an Associate Editor of International Journal of Coal Geology, and is an active member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Geological Society of America, International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology, and the Society for Organic Petrology.
Dr. James W.C. White - (Chair)
University of Colorado Boulder
James W. C. White is a Fellow and Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and a Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a climate scientist with experience working with ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica. His areas of focus are global change, paleoclimate dynamics, and biogeochemistry and his specific interests include global scale climate and environmental dynamics, carbon dioxide concentrations and climate from stable hydrogen isotope peats and other organics, climate from deuterium excess and hydrogen isotopes in ice cores; isotopes in general circulation models, and modern carbon cycle dynamics via isotopes of carbon dioxide and methane. Dr. White received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has participated in numerous NRC study committees, including Chairing the study on Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change, and recently completed a term as Chair of the PRB.
Dr. Steven C. Wofsy
Dr. Steven Wofsy is the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science at Harvard University. His research emphasizes sources and distributions of greenhouse gases on urban, regional and global scales and the impacts of climate change and land use on ecosystems and atmospheric composition. Dr. Wofsy’s extensive research interests include: Terrestrial carbon, effects of forests on climate, and climate in forests; inference of large-scale carbon budgets from atmospheric and land surface data; CO2 as a tracer of atmospheric transport in the upper troposphere and stratosphere; and new instrumentation for measuring atmospheric carbon cycle species (CO2, CO, CH4). Dr. Wofsy has published over 300 journal articles during a career spanning four decades. His awards include the AGU’s Macelwane prize and NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal. In 2011, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from Harvard University. He has served on the NASA Earth System Science and Applications Advisory and on the NASA Advisory Council as well as on the Carbon Cycle Science Plan Working Group and North American Carbon Program writing group. His recent NRC service includes the Committee on Indicators for Understanding Global Climate Change, the Panel on Atmosphere, the Committee on Methods for Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and the Committee on Ensuring the Utility and Integrity of Research Data in a Digital Age.
Ms. Lisa J. Hanle
Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
Ms. Lisa Hanle holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where she focused on International Economics with a concentration in Energy, Environment, Science and Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She was also a Fulbright Scholar, studying in Konstanz, Germany. Lisa has been active in the reporting and review of GHG inventory information at the project, facility, national and international levels for 16 years. Most recently, Lisa served as a Programme Officer at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, where she supported the international negotiations to develop the latest guidelines for reporting and review of GHG inventories under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, for use by developed countries. On a technical level, while at the U.S. EPA, Lisa supported development of the annual U.S. GHG inventory to the UNFCCC (responsible for generating emissions estimates for industrial processes and fugitive emissions from coal, oil and natural gas). She was also a core member of the team that developed the United States’ first mandatory, facility-level GHG reporting program, and served as a lead author in the development of the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.