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

Recent Publications

Only peer reviewed publications from 2017 - 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. 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. https://doi.org/10.1002/wene.345
  2. 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2019.03.015
  3. *Therasme, O., M. Eisenbies, T.A. Volk. 2019. Overhead protection affects fuel quality and natural drying of leaf-on woody biomass storage piles. Forests. https://doi.org/10.3390/f10050390
  4. Eisenbies, M., T.A. Volk, T.E. Amidon, S. Shi. 2019. Influence of blending and hot water extraction on the quality of wood pellets. Fuel 241:1058-1067. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.12.120
  5. Prisley, S.P., C. Gaudreault, P. Lamars, W. Stewart, R. Miner, H.M. Junginger, E. Oneil, R. Malmsheimber, and T.A. Volk. 2018. Comment on ‘Does replacing coal with wood lower CO2 emissions? Dynamic lifecycle analysis of wood bioenergy. Environmental Research Letters 13(2): 128002. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaf203
  6. Townsend, P.A., N. Haider, L. Boby, J. Heavey, T. Miller, and T.A. Volk. 2018. A roadmap for poplar and willow to provide environmental services and to build the bioeconomy. Washington State University Extension (Peer Reviewed) #EM115E, 34pp.
  7. Volk. T.A., J. Heavey, and P. Townsend. 2018. A willow vegetative cover in New York State. Washington State University Extension (Peer Reviewed) #TB56E 7 pp.
  8. Heavey, J. and T.A. Volk. 2018. Shrub willows for living snow fences. Washington State University Extension (Peer Reviewed) #TB57E, 6 pp.  
  9. Langholtz, M., L. Eaton, M. Davis, M. Shedden, T.A. Volk, T. Richards. 2018. Economic comparative advantage of willow biomass in the Northeast USA. Biofpr DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1939
  10. 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11056-018-9650-8
  11. *Thermase, O., T.A. Volk, A.M. Cabrera, M.H. Eisenbies, T. Amidon. 2018. Hot Water Extraction Improves the Characteristics of Willow and Sugar Maple Biomass With Different Amount of Bark. Frontiers in Energy Research. DOI: 10.3389/fenrg.2018.00093
  12. *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
  13. *Tumminello, G., T.A. Volk, S.H. McArt, M.K. Fierke (2018). Maximizing pollinator diversity in willow biomass plantings: A comparison among willow sex and pedigrees. Biomass and Bioenergy. 117 (2018) 124–130. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2018.07.013
  14. 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. DOI: 10.1504/IJGW.2018.091953
  15. 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. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-018-9902-7
  16. 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. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12498
  17. 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. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-018-9897-0

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.

Zainab TariqZainab Tariq

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

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