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NIMBioS Seminar Series

In conjunction with the interdisciplinary activities of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), a seminar series on topics in mathematical biology will be hosted at NIMBioS every other Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) in the Hallam Auditorium, Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd. Seminar speakers will focus on their research initiatives at the interface of mathematics and many areas of the life sciences. Light refreshments will be served in Room 206 beginning 30 minutes before each talk. Faculty and students from across the UT community are welcome to join us.

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Time/Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 3:30 p.m.*
Location: Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Speaker: Dr. Virginia Dale, Director, Center for BioEnergy Sustainability, ORNL; Adjunct Faculty, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UTK
Topic: Incorporating Bioenergy Into Sustainable Landscape Designs
Abstract: A spatially explicit collaborative plan for resource allocation and management, landscape design involves multiple scales, fits into existing systems, and maintains or enhances services. We describe an approach for landscape design that focuses on bioenergy production systems, which integrates into other components of the land, environment and socioeconomic system. The design for a particular area is developed with the involvement of key stakeholders. Appropriately applied, landscape design can guide choices toward more sustainable provision of bioenergy and other services. This approach encapsulates monitoring and assessment of a suite of indicators for soil quality, water quality and quantity, greenhouse gases, biodiversity, air quality, and productivity as well as socioeconomic considerations. The landscape design approach requires attention to site selection and environmental effects when making choices about locations, type(s) of feedstock, transport of feedstock to the refinery, refinery processing, and distribution of bioenergy products and services. The approach includes monitoring and reporting of measures of sustainability along the bioenergy supply chain and within specific contexts. Landscape designs must be implemented in a way that is doable from the perspective of producers along the supply chain. Hence, clear communication of environmental and socioeconomic opportunities and concerns is required to participants in production and users of the energy.

*Join us for refreshments at 3 p.m. in Room 206.

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