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Keith Kline, M.Ed.

For over 22 years Keith lived in Latin America and Africa while working on sustainable development projects that involved renewable energy systems, protected area planning, and community engagement with forest management and biodiversity conservation.

Position:

  • Senior Researcher, Climate Change Science Institute and Center for Bioenergy Sustainability

Organization:

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory

https://www.ornl.gov/

Bio:

Keith was raised on a family farm in Michigan and earned a BSc from University of Michigan School of Natural Resources in Ann Arbor, and a Masters from Framingham State University, International Education. For over 22 years Keith lived in Latin America and Africa while working on sustainable development projects that involved renewable energy systems, protected area planning, and community engagement with forest management and biodiversity conservation. Research interests include: causal analysis to improve understanding of drivers of change in land cover and linkages to ecological services and human welfare; identification of effective mechanisms to promote beneficial “land-use change” (improved management of natural resources); integrated, agro- silvo- pastoral- urban- production systems; and practical approaches to support adaptive management and continual improvement. Keith has contributed to voluntary international sustainability standards initiatives and projects addressing global barriers to growth of green economies: food security, indirect effects, leakage, monitoring and evaluation. Current projects involve woody biomass for energy; stakeholder roles in selecting indicators; uncertainties and potential bias inherent in choice of a reference or “counterfactual” scenario; land-cover change modeling; representation of land management and disturbance regimes; and governance to promote more sustainable practices.

Relevant Publications:

Koponen, K., Soimakallio, S., Kline, K. L., Cowie, A., & Brandão, M. (2018). Quantifying the climate effects of bioenergy – Choice of reference system. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 81, 2271–2280. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2017.05.292

Kline, K. L., Msangi, S., Dale, V. H., Woods, J., Souza, G. M., Osseweijer, P., … Mugera, H. K. (2016). Reconciling food security and bioenergy: priorities for action. GCB Bioenergy, 9(3), 557–576. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.12366 

Eichler Inwood, S. E., López-Ridaura, S., Kline, K. L., Gérard, B., Monsalue, A. G., Govaerts, B., & Dale, V. H. (2018). Assessing sustainability in agricultural landscapes: a review of approaches1,2. Environmental Reviews, 26(3), 299–315. https://doi.org/10.1139/er-2017-0058 

Kanter, D. R., Musumba, M., Wood, S. L. R., Palm, C., Antle, J., Balvanera, P., … Andelman, S. (2018). Evaluating agricultural trade-offs in the age of sustainable development. Agricultural Systems, 163, 73–88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2016.09.010 

Dale, V. H., Kline, K. L., Richard, T. L., Karlen, D. L., & Belden, W. W. (2018). Bridging biofuel sustainability indicators and ecosystem services through stakeholder engagement. Biomass and Bioenergy, 114, 143–156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.09.016 

Contact Info:

klinekl@ornl.gov

8655744230

https://www.ornl.gov/staff-profile/keith-l-kline

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