Timothy A. Volk | Forest and Natural Resources Management | SUNY-ESF
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Timothy A. VolkSenior Research Associate and Associate Chair

Timothy Volk

306 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210


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 (www.esf.edu/willow), biomass and bioenergy, agroforestry, phytoremediation, international forestry

Courses Taught

ENS - 496 Renewable Energy Capstone - Fall

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 - https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=YK2_hKYAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra.

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/j.energy.2020.117260.

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

Current Graduate Advisees

Theodore KochTheodore Koch

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Volk
  • Area of Study: Sustainable Energy
  • Undergraduate Institution: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Personal Statement
I am passionate about finding ways to reduce our dependance on fossil fuels and integrate sustainable resources into our energy systems. I am currently studying the feasibility of utilizing post consumer waste paper as a feedstock for energy and biofuels.

Jin XuJin Xu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Quackenbush and Volk
  • Area of Study: Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
  • Undergraduate Institution: Nanjing Forestry University
  • Previous Graduate Study: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences