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Carbon Sequestration Role of Savanna Soils Key to Climate Goals

Carbon Sequestration Role of Savanna Soils Key to Climate Goals

by Justin Catanoso Savannas and grasslands cover a vast area, some 20 percent of the earth’s land surface — from sub-Saharan Africa, to the Cerrado in Brazil, to North America’s heartland. They also offer an enormous and underappreciated capacity for carbon sequestration. However, the role of forests in storing carbon has long been emphasized over…

Fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes with Cassie Freund

Fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes with Cassie Freund

As a PhD student and CEES researcher, Cassie Freund is studying how natural disturbances—such as landslides in the Peruvian Andes—shape forest ecology and impact tree species distribution, nutrient and water flows, and carbon storage. From dressing for the occasion to forging new paths with a machete, Freund shares a glimpse into being a researcher in…

CEES Affiliate Examines the Economics of Synthetic Rhino Horns

CEES Affiliate Examines the Economics of Synthetic Rhino Horns

Associated Professor of Economics and CEES affiliate Frederick Chen, published a paper examining the potential impact of synthetic horns to reduce rhino poaching. In the paper, Chen analyzes whether the availability of synthetic horns would decrease the equilibrium supply of wild horns, the competitiveness of the synthetic horn production sector, and the ability for synthetic…

CEES partners with Pilot Mountain State Park officials for prescribed burn

CEES partners with Pilot Mountain State Park officials for prescribed burn

On Wednesday, February 1, the Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES) and the Biology Department aided Pilot Mountain State Park (PMSP) officials in a 130-acre prescribed burn as a part of an ongoing partnership to support protected areas. Prescribed burns use low-intensity fire to achieve forest-management objectives in ecosystems that evolved with…

CEES Awards 2016 Fall Mini Grant

CEES Awards 2016 Fall Mini Grant

The Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability has awarded five mini grants to recipients dedicated to providing new research and scholarly activities at Wake Forest University. The CEES Research Committee, chaired by Robert Erhardt, assistant professor of statistics, selected grant recipients based on the proposed project’s merit, and its dedication to the mission of building…

What We Do

The research and activities associated with CEES involve the synergistic efforts of faculty, researchers, public officials, and private individuals across multiple disciplines and sectors.

Most projects fall into one of our three main research groups:

lightning boltThe Renewable Energy Research (RER) group engages in cutting edge research  and development with the aim of advancing renewable energy technology.

 

green leafThe Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES) group’s efforts include paradigm shifting scientific inquiry into the areas of biodiversity, ecology physiology and related disciplines.

 

green swirlThe Policy, Enterprise, & Markets (PEM) group explores policy frameworks, business practices and regulatory regimes that impact emerging technologies and environment and energy resources.

Upcoming Events

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EEB Lunch: Caren Cooper

November 30 * 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dec 06
Dec 07

EEB Lunch: Katherine Brantley

December 7 * 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Carbon Sequestration Role of Savanna Soils Key to Climate Goals

    by Justin Catanoso Savannas and grasslands cover a vast area, some 20 percent of the earth’s land surface — from sub-Saharan Africa, to the Cerrado in Brazil, to North America’s heartland. They also offer an enormous and underappreciated capacity for carbon sequestration. However, the role of forests in storing carbon…

  • Fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes with Cassie Freund

    As a PhD student and CEES researcher, Cassie Freund is studying how natural disturbances—such as landslides in the Peruvian Andes—shape forest ecology and impact tree species distribution, nutrient and water flows, and carbon storage. From dressing for the occasion to forging new paths with a machete, Freund shares a glimpse…

  • CEES Affiliate Examines the Economics of Synthetic Rhino Horns

    Associated Professor of Economics and CEES affiliate Frederick Chen, published a paper examining the potential impact of synthetic horns to reduce rhino poaching. In the paper, Chen analyzes whether the availability of synthetic horns would decrease the equilibrium supply of wild horns, the competitiveness of the synthetic horn production sector,…