Lecture: Fossil Fuel Junkies, Climate Change, and Better Living through Algae

Chuck Greene, Professor and Director of Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program, Cornell University

Professor Greene’s talk will describe an ambitious plan to transform modern society from its currently unsustainable fossil-fuel addiction to a new reliance on algal bioenergy. Along with this energy transformation, the plan also integrates a suite of technologies that will reduce carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere while simultaneously enhancing global food security
Professor Greene received his PhD in Oceanography from the University of Washington in 1985 and spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). In 1986, he joined the faculty at Cornell University in the Section of Ecology & Sytematics.

Through the years at Cornell, Professor Greene has served as the Director for the Biological Resources Program and the Ocean Resources & Ecosystems Program. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.

Professor Greene’s research interests range from the ecological dynamics of marine animal populations to the effects of global climate change on ocean ecosystems. More recently, he has led an international consortium of universities and other organizations conducting algal bioenergy research to help develop pathways for transitioning from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy sources.

Professor Greene also combines his research and educational interests in ocean science and technology by promoting innovative training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Since 1993, he has organized 25 courses in marine bioacoustics, which have trained over 300 students from 32 countries. Professor Greene also teaches Introduction to Oceanography at Cornell, the largest course offered at the University with an enrollment of > 900 students, and supervises the Cornell-WHOI Masters of Engineering Program in Ocean Science and Technology.


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