Raised on the outdoors, Paul Herendeen earned a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Virgina before working for six years in ecological research for the US Geological Survey and Forest Service in California and Alaska. Eager to add an engineering perspective to his environmental background, he then earned a MS in Biological & Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, focusing on hydrology and biogeochemistry. Paul is currently a PhD student with the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University working with Dr. Keith Paustian and the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies on a project to assess the conversion of beetle-killed tress to liquid biofuels. His research interest is the implementation of practical solutions to ecological sustainability problems, particularly through collaboration with the private sector. He is especially interested in issues relating to carbon, energy, and water.