Hill Briefing

Scientists share insights about ecosystems important to bioenergy policy development

What:       Congressional briefing, "Ecosystem Science: Informing a Sound Bioenergy Policy"
                    by ecosystem scientists invited by AERC
When:      Thursday, September 27, 2007, 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Where:     Room 2325, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

Washington, DC - On Thursday, September 27, six leading ecosystem researchers invited by the Association of Ecosystem Research Centers (AERC) presented decision makers on Capitol Hill with key findings from ecosystem science that have strong implications for the development of a sustainable national bioenergy policy.

Concerns about energy security and climate change have motivated the public and private sectors to make significant investments in bioenergy research. Much of this work has focused on the development of biofuels, yet little emphasis has been placed on the sustainability and environmental consequences of biofuel production.

During the briefing, the scientists discussed the impacts of bioenergy crop cultivation on basic ecosystem services, including wildlife habitat, soil conservation, and water quality, as well as the environmental and economic challenges associated with energy crops.

The following speakers gave brief presentations, with Dr. Thomas Jordan, President of AERC and a scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, moderating. Click on the title for the full slide presentation. (Information from these presentations should only be used with proper citation to the authors and images from the presentations should only be used with permission of the authors.)