Sustainability Team

The University of Washington (UW) and the University of California (UC), Davis lead the Sustainability Team, which is composed of researchers from universities around the Northwest and the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Institute.

Rick G

Gustafson, Rick
(206) 543-2790
Dr. Gustafson is a professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington.  Rick is the primary investigator for the entire AHB project and co-leads the Sustainability Team.  His research focuses on bioresource science and engineering.  His lab investigates the development of integrated biorefineries that use biomass to produce a range of products, from commodity fuels to high value food additives. These biorefineries are characterized by having good process economics with minimal environmental impact. His lab uses process simulation as the major tool for process development work. Rick works with colleagues doing fundamental research to integrate state-of-the-art conversion technologies to produce globally optimized processes. Results from the process models are then used in economic assessments to determine financial viability and in life cycle assessments to evaluate the broad environmental impact of candidate process configurations. The process modeling work also extends to developing new methods to measure and control critical unit operations in biorefineries. His lab works with chemists to develop robust probes to measure critical performance variables and developing process control strategies to maximize productivity and product quality.  Rick has a B. S. in Wood and Fiber Science and a Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering both from the University of Washington.

Bryan Jenkins

Jenkins, Bryan
(530) 304-1108
Dr. Jenkins teaches and conducts research in the areas of energy and power, with emphasis on biomass and other renewable resources.  Bryan is currently Director of the Energy Institute at the University of California Davis.  He has more than thirty years experience working in the area of biomass thermochemical conversion including combustion, gasification, and pyrolysis. His research also includes analysis and optimization of energy systems. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses on energy systems, heat and mass transfer, solar energy, and power and
energy conversion, including renewable energy and fuels, combined heat and power and cogeneration systems, economic analysis, and environmental impacts.  Bryan is a recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the US Department of Energy for exceptional contributions to the development of bioenergy, and the Linneborn Prize from the European Union for outstanding contributions to
the development of energy from biomass.


Asah, Stanley Tanyi
Dr. Asah is a conservation psychologist with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington.  His work focuses on understanding and promoting pro-environmental behavior, and facilitating the quest for common grounds in environmental problems.  Stanley has a B. S. in Agricultural Mechanization and Operations Management from the University of Dschang.  From the University of Minnesota, he has an M. S. in Water Resource Science and a Ph. D. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management.


Budsberg, Erik
Erik is a PhD student at the University of Washington.  The need for efficient and sustainable use of our world’s resources has been at the center of Erik’s research focus for the last decade.  It started with studying solid earth processes at Western Washington University, where he received a bachelor of science in geology.  This deep understanding of earth’s dynamics and the limited availability of fossil fuel resources narrowed his interests and research to studying the development of new types of sustainable fuels.   Erik also has an MS from UW, which focused on possible environmental impacts that result from the use of new types of biofuels.  His work helps guides his colleagues in academia as well as those in the private sector to develop new types of fuels that reduce our overall impact on the environment.


Hart, Quinn
Dr. Hart combines his interests in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing and computer science with research in methods to provide database access to remote sensing data. He is also interested in the underlying database considerations and access methods. Quinn works to develop infrastructure to support collaborative environments for data discovery, distribution, and exchange.  This work supports cross-disciplinary studies on landscape ecology, environmental change detection, environmental decision making, weather systems, and climate change.


Lenentine, Miku
206-543-3507 x3
Miku Lenentine is a predoctoral research associate working with Professor Stanley Asah in the School of Environmental and Forest Science’s Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management Lab at the University of Washington. Miku is assessing the social impacts of biofuels in the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, her research considers the social discourse surrounding the “biofuels conversation” through a computer assisted content analysis of online news articles, blogs, websites and social media. She is also applying Q-methodology to examine values, attitudes and perceptions of different stakeholders. Miku completed a master’s of Resource Management from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia in 2010.

Roger Li

Li, Yuanzhe (Roger)
Yuanzhe (Roger) Li is a Ph.D student in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Davis, affiliated with the Institute of Transportation Studies.  Roger’s research interests lies in energy infrastructure system modelling and optimization, transportation networks, and supply chain design. His primary focus is to applying numerical optimization methods to address the decision-making problems in energy system design under various uncertainties. Before coming to U.C. Davis, Roger studied at Tsinghua University in Beijing for his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.


Merz, Justin
Justin Merz has worked at the Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing at the University of California, Davis since 2006 developing online GIS applications and tools.  Justin has a strong knowledge of web frontends built using the latest HTML5 standards.  Justin also works on the application backend developing the server and database.  For the AHB project, his primary role is creating online tooling including an application to view the Poplar 3PG growth model as well as customizing the model with user provided input parameters. Justin has a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from UC Davis.

Brian Moser - crop

Moser, Brian
Brian W. Moser founded the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Institute in 2008 after working as a wildlife biologist in the hybrid poplar and forestry industries for 11 years.  Brian earned his Ph.D in Wildlife Biology from the University of Idaho, and has published a number of papers on wildlife use of hybrid poplar plantations, as well as wildlife-forestry relationships. The RMWI exists to help agencies and landowners achieve their environmental, economic, and social stewardship goals.


Rogers, Luke

Luke Rogers is a research scientist and forest engineer at the University of Washington. Since 2001 Luke has been devoted to increasing the understanding of Washington state forests through the assembly of a statewide land parcel database, researching forestland conversion trends, identifying conservation opportunities, and developing mitigation strategies and incentives. For the AHB project, Luke is utilizing GIS technology to identify the best areas to grow poplar for biofuels in the Pacific Northwest. Luke earned a master’s of Science in Forest Engineering in 2005 from the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources.