Obste Therasme | Forest and Natural Resources Management | SUNY-ESF
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Obste TherasmeAssistant Professor

Obste Therasme

312 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-4934 | 315-470-6536


Ph.D., Sustainable Energy, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2019

M.S., Chemical Engineering, Syracuse University, 2015

B.S., Chemistry, State University of Haiti, 2010

Research Interests

  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Sustainability
  • Net Zero/Negative Greenhouse Gas Emissions Systems
  • Biomass for Biofuels, Energy and Bioproducts

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Atif AliAtif Ali

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Therasme
  • Area of Study: FRM Sustainable Energy


  1. Therasme, O., Volk, T.A., Eisenbies, M.H., Amidon, T.E., Fortier, M-O. Life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of ethanol produced via fermentation of sugars derived from shrub willow (Salix ssp.) hot water extraction in the Northeast United States. Biotechnol Biofuels 14, 52 (2021). doi.org/10.1186/s13068-021-01900-6
  2. Therasme, O., Volk, T. A., Eisenbies, M. H., San, H. & Usman, N. Hot Water Extracted and Non-Extracted Willow Biomass Storage Performance: Fuel Quality Changes and Dry Matter Losses. Front. Energy Res. 7, (2020). doi.org/10.3389/fenrg.2019.00165
  3. Therasme, O., Eisenbies, M. H. & Volk, T. A. Overhead Protection Increases Fuel Quality and Natural Drying of Leaf-On Woody Biomass Storage Piles. Forests 10, 390 (2019). doi.org/10.3390/f10050390
  4. Eisenbies, M. H., Volk, T. A., Therasme, O. & Hallen, K. Three bulk density measurement methods provide different results for commercial scale harvests of willow biomass chips. Biomass Bioenergy 124, 64–73 (2019). doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2019.03.015
  5. Therasme, O., Volk, T. A., Cabrera, A. M., Eisenbies, M. H. & Amidon, T. E. Hot Water Extraction Improves the Characteristics of Willow and Sugar Maple Biomass with Different Amount of Bark. Front. Energy Res. 6, (2018). doi.org/10.3389/fenrg.2018.00093
  6. Zalesny, R. S., …, Therasme, O., Volk, T.A. & Zumpf, C.R. Positive water linkages of producing short rotation poplars and willows for bioenergy and phytotechnologies. Wiley Interdiscip. Rev. Energy Environ. 8, (2019). doi.org/10.1002/wene.345

Selected Presentations

  1. Volk, T.A., Yang, S., Fortier, M., Therasme, O. (July 2018) Greenhouse Gas and Energy Balance of Willow Biomass Crops are Impacted by Prior Land Use and Distance from End Users, Woody Crops International Conference, Rhinelander, WI
  2. Therasme, O., Volk, T.A., Fortier, M., Eisenbies, M.H., Amidon, T.E. (October 2019). Life Cycle Greenhouse Emissions of Biofuels Production from Willow Hot Water Extract, AIChE Bioenergy Sustainability Conference, Nashville, TN
  3. Therasme, O., Volk, T.A., Amidon, T.E., Fortier, M. (October 2018). Willow Biomass as a Feedstock for Biorefinery: Evaluation of Bark Effect on Hot Water Extraction Output and Lifecycle Assessment of Cellulosic Ethanol Production, AIChE Annual Meeting, Pittsburg, PA