Graduate Researcher, Hydrogen Pathways Program, Institute of Transportation Studies.
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Wayne joins ITS-Davis as a lifelong technological optimist and tinkerer. He built his first alternative-fuel vehicle at age 14, a battery-electric Honda CRX. Many science fairs later, Wayne returned to his alternative-fuel roots with conversion of two diesels to waste-cooking-oil fuel. Wayne's diverse experience in environmental science, economics, and public policy provide a valuable context for designing interdisciplinary research that will both enhance scientific understanding and benefit society.
Wayne's research at Brown University was designed to inform the debate over climate change and tradeable carbon emission credits. He combined geographic information system (GIS) data for the Tongass National Forest (Tongass) with forest inventory data in order to estimate and map total carbon stock in the ecosystems of the Tongass. He found the Tongass held 2.8 +/- 0.5 Pg C, or 8% of the total carbon in forests of the conterminous USA, and cumulative net carbon loss from the Tongass due to management of the forest for the period 1900 to 1995 was 6.4 to 17.2 Tg carbon. Wayne also projected future carbon flux under several management regimes and found the economic value of carbon sequestration if all timber harvesting in the Tongass were halted from 1995 to 2095, assuming $20/Mg carbon in a CER market, would be $4 to $7 million/y (1995 US dollars). This value is significant to policy makers and multiple-use managers because it is equivalent to total annual US Forest Service timber sale revenues in the Tongass. The research was the first quantification of carbon stock and flux for the large-magnitude Tongass, which was significant for national and global carbon budgets. In addition, the novel method of combining GIS with forest inventory data produced a spatially explicit model that can be adapted to other forests and enables accurate modeling of diverse management alternatives.
Wayne has also worked as an environmental economics consultant in litigation support, calculating valuation of non-market commodities associated with environmental degradation. Most recently, Wayne worked as legislative aide and Chief of Staff for an Alaska Senator, as staff for the Natural Resources Committee and on topics including the following: oil and gas tax legislation; the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline contract negotiations; policy development and analysis; identity theft; workers' compensation; public employees retirement systems; juvenile justice; and Medicaid.
There's a way to do it better, find it! ~Thomas A. Edison
Hydrogen Pathways Research Interests
As a graduate student at ITS-Davis, Wayne hopes to develop expertise in understanding how to bring beneficial new energy technology into widespread use, and in coordinating public policy with technological innovation to realize social benefit.
Wayne is also interested in building on existing GIS data to enhance our understanding of spatial relationships relevant to energy supply decisions, from resource inventory to transmission infrastructure to locating facilities.
Brown University, 2001, Sc.B. Environmental Science, A.B. Economics
Whitman College, 1999
National Outdoor Leadership School, 1997
Geothe German Language Institute, 1996
Chief of Staff and Legislative Aide, Alaska State Senator Gretchen Guess, 2003 - 2006
Policy development and analysis, Natural Resources and State Affairs committees, the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline, identity theft, workers' compensation, public employees retirement systems, juvenile justice, natural resource permitting, Medicaid, communications including quarterly newsletters and press, and database management.
Operations and Trip Development Coordinator, Alaska Discovery, 2003
Development of wilderness expeditions in Alaska, daily operations.
General Manager, Auk Ta Shaa Discovery, 2002 to 2003
Raft, canoe, and kayak guide company with seasonal staff of 15 serving 9,000 clients.
Research Analyst, Industrial Economics, Inc., 2001 to 2002
Environmental economics consulting. Excel modeling, litigation support, value of information modeling, and revealed preference and stated preference survey methods.
Researcher, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Lab, 2000
Research to estimate the total carbon pool in the Tongass National Forest and project carbon flux under potential management policy. Primary author of "Effects of forest management on carbon sequestration in Southeastern Alaska," Ecosystems.
Teaching Assistant and Course Development, Environmental Issues, Brown University, 1999 - 2000
Teaching Assistant, revised course reader, developed section activities and homework, led weekly sections, wrote paper topics, graded papers and exams.
Lead Guide & Guide, Auk Ta Shaa Discovery & Alaska Discovery, 1996 - 2000, 2004
Whitewater rafting, canoeing, and sea kayaking in Southeast Alaska.
Leighty, W.W., S.P. Hamburg, J. Caouette Effects of forest management on carbon sequestration in Southeastern Alaska, Ecosystems. Ecosystems (2006) 9: 1051-1065.
Awards and Achievements
Graduate Automotive Technology Education Fellowship, University of California, Davis (2006)
Magna Cum Laude, Brown University (2001)
Academic Departmental Honors in Environmental Science, Brown University (2001)
Royce Fellowship and induction into the Society of Royce Fellows, Brown University (2000)
Faculty Scholar, Brown University (2000)
Sigma Xi and Omicron Delta Epsilon, member (2001)
Susan Colver Rosenberger Prize for Environmental Studies, Brown University (2001)