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Faculty Profile
Timothy Volk

Timothy  Volk

Professor and Associate Chair

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306 Bray Hall


Sustainable Energy graduate program

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 systems (, biomass and bioenergy, agroforestry, phytoremediation, international forestry

Courses Taught

SRE - 450 Renewable Energy Capstone Planning - Fall

SRE - 441 Biomass Energy - Spring

SRE - 491 Sustainable Energy Management Capstone - Spring


Only select publications from 2020 and 2019 are included. A full list of publications can be found here -

Publications marked with a * indicate where a gradaute student was a lead author. Publications makred with a # indicates that an undergraduate student was the lead author.

1. *Yang, S., T.A. Volk, M-O.P. Fortier. 2020 Willow biomass crops are a carbon negative or low-carbon feedstock depending on prior land use and transportation distance to end users. Energies. DOI 10.3390/en13164251

2. *Quin, R.J., H. Ha, T.A. Volk, T.R. Brown, S. Bick, R.W. Malmsheimer, M-O. Fortier. 2020. Life cycle assessment of forest biomass energy feedstock in the northeast United States. GCB Bioenergy. DOI 10.1111/gcbb.12725

3. Stanton, B., A. Bourque, M. Eisenbies, J. Espinoza, C. Gantz, A. Himes, A. Rodstrom, R. Shuren, R. Stonex, T.A. Volk, J. Zerpa. 2020. The Practice and Economics of Hybrid Poplar Biomass Production for Biofuels and Bioproducts in the Pacific Northwest.  Bioenergy Research. DOI 10.1007/s12155-020-10164-1

4. Wood, C.D., T.E. Amidon, T.A. Volk and R.M. Emerson. 2020. Hot water extraction: Short rotation willow, mixed hardwoods and process considerations. Energies. DOI 10.3390/en13082071.

5. *Frank, J.R., T.R. Brown, R.W. Malmsheimer, T.A. Volk, H. Ha. 2020. The financial trade-off between the production of biochar and biofuel via pyrolysis under uncertainty. Biofpr. DOI 10.1002/bbb.2092.

6. Eisenbies, M.H., T.A. Volk, D.P.L. DeSouza, K.W. Hallen. 2020. Cut and chip harvester material capacity and fuel performance on commercial-scale willow fields for varying ground and crop conditions.  GCB Bioenergy DOI 10.1111/gcbb.12679.

7. Nelson, N., W.E. Burguson, B.G. McMahon, R. Meilan, L.B. Smart, F.E. Gouker, P. Bloese, R. Miller, T.A. Volk, M. Cai, D. Buchman. 2019. Discovery of geographically robust hybrid poplar clones. Silvae Genetica 68:101-110.

8. *Therasme, O., T.A. Volk, M. Eisenbies, H. Sein, N. Usman. 2020. Hot water extracted and non-extracted willow biomass storage performance: Fuel quality changes and dry matter losses. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. DOI 10.3389/fenrg.2019.00165.

9. Wang, Y., J. Wang, J.  Schuler, D. Hartley, T.A. Volk, M. Eisenbies. 2020. Optimization of harvest and logistics for multiple lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks in the Northeastern United States. Energy. DOI 10.1016/

10. Zalesny, R.S., G. Berndes, I. Dimitriou, U. Fritsche, C. Miller, M. Eisenbies, S. Ghezehei, D. Hazel, W.L. Headlee, B. Mola-Yudego, M.C. Negri, E.G. Nichols, J. Quinn, S.D. Shifflett, O. Therasme, T.A. Volk, C. Zumpf. 2019. Positive water linkages of producing short rotation poplars and willows for bioenergy and phytotechnologies. WIREs Energy Environ. DOI 10.1002/wene.345

11. Eisenbies, M., O. Therasme, T.A. Volk. 2019. Three bulk density measurement methods provide different results for commercial scale harvests of willow biomass chips. Biomass and Bioenergy. 124:64-73.

12. *Therasme, O., M. Eisenbies, T.A. Volk. 2019. Overhead protection affects fuel quality and natural drying of leaf-on woody biomass storage piles. Forests DOI 10.3390/f10050390



Current Graduate Advisees

Sahadat HossainSahadat Hossain

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Volk
  • Area of Study: Sustainable Energy

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Personal Statement
I was born and raised in Bangladesh, and have studied environmental science and engineering in Sweden, China, and Bangladesh. My Ph.D. research focuses on the potential of establishing a bioeconomy in New York State that makes the best use of its biomass for achieving net zero emissions and ensuring a sustainable economy.

Graduate Research Topic
Assessment of Optimal Use of Restricted Biomass in NYS to Achieve Climate Goal

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If your presence doesn't make an impact, your absence won't make a difference -T. Smith.

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Jean Michel LacourJean Michel Lacour

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Therasme and Volk
  • Area of Study: Environmental Science