Renewable Energy Ecology

Steven M. Grodsky, PhD

Forest Bioenergy

JUSTIFICATION: Increased market viability of harvest residues gleaned for forest bioenergy feedstocks may intensify downed wood removal. Downed wood provides food and cover for many wildlife species, yet few studies have examined wildlife response to experimentally manipulated, operational-scale woody biomass harvests. Further, little research has investigated wildlife use of downed wood following timber harvests. 

KEY WORDS: biomass harvesting guidelines, clearcut, downed wood, forest bioenergy, harvest residues, Southeastern United States, wildlife

What we've learned about downed wood, forest bioenergy, and...

Coming soon: Ants, ground and dung beetles, rodents

Wind Energy

JUSTIFICATION: Wind energy is rapidly developing as a prominent, global renewable energy technology. Wind facilities generally do not release toxic emissions, incur limited air or water pollution, and have environmental impacts that tend to be local in comparison to other forms of energy (e.g., fossil fuels). However, wind facilities can kill or displace wildlife, namely bats and birds. Understanding how and why wildlife are affected by wind energy facilities is an important step towards directing sustainable wind energy development. 

KEY WORDS: bats, birds, displacement, fatalities, Midwestern United States, wind energy

What we've learned about wind energy and...