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Timothy Volk

Timothy A. Volk

Senior Research Associate

346 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6774

Email: tavolk@esf.edu

Highest Education

Ph.D., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Short-Rotation Forestry), 2002

Areas of Study

Management and sustainability of short-rotation forestry (www.esf.edu/willow), agroforestry, phytoremediation, international forestry.

Courses Taught

  • Energy Systems (ESC 325/525, Fall)
  • Biomass and Bioenergy (ESC 441/641, Spring)
  • Renewable Energy Capstone Planning (ESC 450, Fall)

Recent Publications

  1. R. D. Hangs, J. J. Schoenau, K. C. J. Van Rees & T.A. Volk. 2014. Leaf litter decomposition and nutrient-release characteristics of several willow varieties within short-rotation coppice plantations in Saskatchewan, Canada. Bioenergy Research. DOI 10.1007/s12155-014-9431-y
  2. Amichev, B.Y., R.D. Hangs, S.M. Konecsni, C.N. Stadnyk, T.A. Volk, N. Bélanger, V.Vujanovic, J.J. Schoenau, J. Moukoumi, and K.C.J. Van Rees. In press. Willow production systems for bioenergy feedstock and C sequestration in Canada and Northern U.S.A.: A Review. SSSAJ.
  3. Pacaldo, R.S., T. A. Volk and R. Briggs. 2014. Carbon sequestration in fine roots and foliage biomass offsets soil CO2 effluxes along a 19-year chronosequence of shrub willow (Salix x dasyclados) biomass crops. Bioenergy Research. DOI 10.1007/s12155-014-9416-x
  4. Caputo, J., S. Balogh, T.A. Volk, L. Johnson, M. Puettman, B.R. Lippke, E. Oneil. 2014. Incorporating uncertainty analysis into life-cycle analysis (LCA) of short-rotation willow biomass (Salix spp.) crops. Bioenergy Research. 7:48-59.
  5. Quaye, A. and T.A. Volk. 2013. Biomass production and soil nutrients in organic and inorganic fertilized willow biomass production systems. Biomass and Bioenergy 57:113-125.
  6. Adiele, J. and T.A. Volk. 2013. Developing live cover crop systems for willow (Salix spp.) bioenergy crop. Sky Journal of Soil Science and Environmental Management 2(9):88-97.
  7. Tumwebaze, S. B., E. Bevilacqua, R. Briggs, and T. Volk. 2013. Allometric biomass equations for tree species used in agroforestry systems in Uganda. Agroforestry Systems 87:781-795.
  8. Quaye, A. and T.A. Volk. 2013. Biomass production and soil nutrients in organic and inorganic fertilized willow biomass production systems. Biomass and Bioenergy 57:113-125.
  9. Pacaldo, R.S., T.A. Volk and R. Briggs. 2013 No significant differences in soil organic carbon contents along a chronosequence of shrub willow biomass crop fields. Biomass and Bioenergy 58: 136-142.
  10. Serapiglia, M.J., K. Cameron, A.J. Stipanovic, L.P. Abrahamson, T.A. Volk and L.B. Smart. 2013. Yield and Woody Biomass Traits of Novel Shrub Willow Hybrids at Two Contrasting Sites. Bioenergy Research 6:533-546.
  11. Pacaldo, R.S., T. A. Volk and R. Briggs. 2013. Greenhouse gas potential of shrub willow biomass 1 crops based on below- and aboveground biomass inventory along a 19-year chronosequence. Bioenergy Research 6:252-262.
  12. Buchholz, T. and T.A. Volk. 2013. Profitability and deployment of willow biomass crops affected by different incentive programs. Bioenergy Research 6:53-64.
  13. Lippke, B., R. Gustafson, R. Venditti, P. Steele, T. Volk, E. Oneil, L. Johnson, M. Puettmann, K. Skog, 2012. Comparing wood product and cellulosic fuel carbon stores and fossil displacement impacts from managed forestland: Sustainable carbon mitigation while contributing to energy independence. Forest Products Journal 62(4): 247-257.
  14. Budsberg, E., M. Rastogi, M. Puettmann, J. Caputo, S. Balogh, T. Volk, R. Gustafson. 2012. Life cycle assessment for the production of bioethanol from willow biomass crops via biochemical conversion. Forest Products Journal 62(4): 305-313.
  15. Lippke, B, M. Puettmann, L. Johnson, R. Gustafson, R. Venditti, P. Steele, J. Katers, A. Taylor T. Volk, E. Oneil, K. Skog, E. Budsberg, J. Daystar, J. Caputo 2012. Carbon emission reduction impacts from biofuels as a percent of fossil fuel emissions and per unit of carbon in the wood used. Forest Products Journal 62(4): 296-304. 
  16. Campbell, S.P., J.L. Frair, J.P. Gibbs, and T.A. Volk. 2012. Use of short-rotation coppice willow plantations by birds and small mammals in central New York. Biomass and Bioenergy 47:342-353.
  17. Tumwebaze, S. B., E. Bevilacqua, R. Briggs, and T. Volk. 2012. Soil organic carbon under linear simultaneous agroforestry systems. Agroforestry Systems 84:11-23.
  18. Mirck, J. and T.A. Volk. 2012. Mass balances and allocation of salt ions from Solvay storm water for shrub willow (Salix spp.). Biomass and Bioenergy 39:427-438.
  19. Buchholz, T. and T.A. Volk. 2012. Considerations of Project Scale and Sustainability of Modern Bioenergy Systems in Uganda. Journal of Sustainable Forestry 31:154-173.
  20. Schifman, L.A., Stella, J.C. Volk, T.A. and Teece, M.A.2012. Carbon isotopic variation in shrub willow (Salix spp.) ring-wood as an indicator of long-term water status, growth and survival. Biomass and Bioenergy 36:316-326.

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Drew GrandmontDrew Grandmont
dtgrandm@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Volk
  • Area of Study: Ecosystem Restoration

Neil PattersonNeil Patterson
nvpatter@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Volk
  • Area of Study: Management

Daniel Pegoretti Leite de SouzaDaniel Pegoretti Leite de Souza
dpegoret@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Volk
  • Area of Study: Natural Resources Mgt

Yang QiuYang Qiu
yqiu100@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Volk
  • Area of Study: Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Zainab TariqZainab Tariq
ztariq@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Volk
  • Area of Study: Ecosystem Restoration

Obste TherasmeObste Therasme
otherasm@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Volk
  • Area of Study: Natural Resources Mgt

Giuseppe TumminelloGiuseppe Tumminello
gtummine@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MSC
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Fierke and Volk
  • Area of Study: EFB Conservation Biology
  • Undergraduate Institute: Cornell University

Graduate Research Topic
Insect pollinators associated with shrub-willow biomass crop.



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