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

Timothy Volk

346 Illick 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

Recent Publications

Only peer reviewed publications from 2016 - 2018 are presented below. I am an author or coauthor on over 100 peer reviewed publications. A more complete listing of publications can be found at https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=YK2_hKYAAAAJ&hl=en. Papers marked with * were written with an ESF graduate student as lead author.

  1. Amichev, B.Y., T.A. Volk, R.D. Hangs, N. Bélanger, V. Vujanovic, and K.C.J. Van Rees. 2018. Growth, survival and yields of 30 short rotation willow cultivars on the Canadian prairies: 2nd rotation implications. New Forests. DOI: 10.1007/s11056-018-9650-8
  2. Frank*, J., Brown, T.A. Volk, T.A. Heavey, P., Malmsheimer, R. 2018. A stochastic techno-economic analysis of shrub willow production using EcoWillow 3.0S. Biofpr.  DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1897
  3. Aydin, M. R.S. Pacaldo, T.A. Volk. 2018. Soil respiration in shrub willow (Salix x dasyclados) biomass crops increased on the third year after removal. International Journal of Global Warming. 15(1):54-66.
  4. Ebadin, M. Shedden, M.E., Webb, E., Sokhansanj, S., M. Eisenbies, and T.A. Volk, Heavey, J. and Hallen, K. 2018. Impact of parcel size, field shape, crop yield, storage location and collection equipment on the performance of single-pass cut-and-chip harvest system in commercial shrub willow fields. Bioenergy Research 11(2):364-381.
  5. Volk, T.A., B. Berguson, C. Daly, M. Halbleib, R. Miller, T. Rials, L. Abrahamson, D. Buchman, M. Buford, M. Cunningham, M. Eisenbies, E. Fabio, K. Hallen, J. Heavey, G. Johnson, Y. Kuzovkina, B. Liu, B. Mcmahon, R. Rousseau, S. Shi, R. Shuren, L. Smart, G. Stanosz, B. Stanton, B. Stokes, and J. Wright. 2018. Poplar and shrub willow energy crops in the United States: Field trial results from the multiyear regional feedstock partnership and yield potential maps based on the PRISM-ELM model. Global Change Biology Bioenergy. 10.1111/gcbb.12498
  6. Johnson, G, T.A. Volk, K. Hallen, S. Shi, M. Bickell and J. Heavey. 2018. Shrub willow biomass production ranking across three harvests in New York and Minnesota. Bioenergy Research 11(2):305-315.
  7. Eisenbies, M., T.A. Volk, J. Posselius, J. Espinoza, C. Gantz, A. Himes, R. Shuren, B. Stanton, B. Summers. 2017. Biomass, spacing and planting density influence cut-and-chip harvesting in hybrid poplar. Biomass and Bioenergy 106:182-190.
  8. Tarves, P.C., M.J. Serapiglia, C.A. Mullen, A.A. Boateng, and T.A. Volk, 2017. Effects of hot water extraction pretreatment on pyrolysis of shrub willow. Biomass and Bioenergy 107:299 – 304.
  9. Fabio, E.S., T.A. Volk, R.O. Miller, M.J. Serapiglia, A.R. Kemanian, F. Montes, Y.A. Kuzovkina, G.J. Kling, and L. B. Smart. 2017. Contributions of environment and genotype to variation in shrub willow biomass composition. Industrial Crops and Products 108:149-161.
  10. Bressler*, A., P. Vidon, P. Hirsch, T.A. Volk. 2017. Valuation of ecosystem services of commercial shrub willow (Salix spp.) woody biomass crops. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. DOI 10.1007/s10661-017-5841-6.
  11. Bressler*, A., P. Vidon, T.A. Volk. 2017. Impact of shrub willow (Salix spp) as a potential bioenergy feedstock on water quality and greenhouse gas emissions. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 228:170-188, DOI: 10.1007/s11270-017-3350-4
  12. Liu, W., J. Wang, T.L. Richard, D.S. Hartley, S. Spatari, T.A. Volk. 2017. Economic and life cycle assessment of biomass utilization for bioenergy products. Biofpr. DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1770
  13. Volk, T.A., J.P. Heavey and M.H. Eisenbies. 2016. Advances in shrub-willow crops for bioenergy, renewable products, and environmental benefits. Food, Energy and Security DOI - 10.1002/fes3.82.
  14. Sleight*, N. and T.A. Volk. 2016. Recently bred willow (Salix spp.) biomass crops show stable trends over three rotations at two sites. Bioenergy Research  DOI 10.1007/s12155-016-9726-2
  15. Ssegane, H., C. Zimpf, M.C. Negri, P. Campbell, J.P. Heavey, T.A. Volk. 2016. The economics of growing shrub willow as a bioenergy buffer on agricultural fields: A case study in the Midwest corn belt. Biofpr DOI 10.1002/bbb.1679.
  16. Dale, V.H., K.L. Kline, M.A. Buford, T.A. Volk, C.T. Smith, I. Stupak. 2016. Incorporating bioenergy into sustainable landscape designs. Ren. & Sus. Energy Reviews 56:1158-1171.
  17. Hendricks, A., J.E. Wagner, T.A. Volk, D.H. Newman. 2016. Regional economic impacts of biomass district heating in rural New York. Biomass Bioenergy 88:1-9.
  18. Ebers, A., R.W. Malmsheimer, T.A. Volk, and D.H. Newman. 2016. Inventory and classification of U.S. federal and state forest biomass electricity and heat policies. Biomass Bioenergy 84:67-75.
  19. Hendricks, A., J.E. Wagner, T.A. Volk, D.H. Newman, T.R. Brown. 2016. A cost-effective evaluation of biomass district heating in rural communities. Applied Energy 162:561-569.
  20. Sleight*, N., T.A. Volk, G.A. Johnson, M.H. Eisenbies, S. Shi, E.S. Fabio, P.S. Pooler. 2016. Change in yield between first and second rotations in willow (Salix spp.) biomass crops is strongly related to the level of first rotation yield. Bioenergy Research 9(1):270-287.
  21. Eisenbies, M., T.A. Volk, A. Patel. 2016. Changes in feedstock quality in willow chip piles created in winter from a commercial scale harvest. Biomass and Bioenergy 86:180-190.
  22. Fabio, E.S., T.A. Volk, R.O. Miller, M.J. Serapiglia, H.G. Gauch, K.C.J. Van Rees, R.D. Hangs, B.Y. Amichev, J.A. Kuzovkina, M. Labrecque, G.A. Johnson, R.G. Ewy, G.J. Kling, L.B. Smart. 2016. Genotype by environment interactions analysis of North America shrub willow yield trials confirms superior performance of triploid hybrids. Global Change Biology Bioenergy doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12344

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Daniel Pegoretti Leite de SouzaDaniel Pegoretti Leite de Souza

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

Zainab TariqZainab Tariq

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

Obste TherasmeObste Therasme

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

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