Oklahoma Scholars with interest in LIHD systems
for the sustainable production of biofuels


Ecology of production

Michael Anderson, Plant and Soil Sciences, OSU.  Michael’s research in plant/microbe interactions and weed biology will help in the design of stable LIHDs.

Kristen Baum, Zoology, OSU.  Kristen’s expertise on the landscape ecology of arthropods will help in the design of pest-free and pollinator-rich LIHDs, as well as the role of LIHDs in biological conservation.

Shiping Deng, Plant and Soil Sciences, OSU.  Shiping’s work will help to reveal microbial diversity and function in LIHD, and the role of LIHD in ecosystem conservation.

Mike Palmer, Botany, OSU. Mike’s work on diversity and dynamics of grasslands, in addition to a long-term mowing experiment, will increase understanding of LIHDs.

Phil Gibson, Botany and Microbiology / Zoology, OU. Phil is interested in the reproductive biology and population genetics of plant species in LIHD systems

Yiqi Luo, Botany and Microbiology, OU.  Yiqi’s expertise can evaluate ecosystem-level impacts of LIHD versus HILD in terms of ecosystem carbon and nitrogen cycling.

Tim O’Connell, NREM, OSU.  Tim is interested in how LIHD systems can enhance bird biodiversity and recreational birding

David Stahle, Geography, U. Ark.  Dave is interested in how LIHD- and HILD-dominated landscapes may impact endangered ecosystems such as the ancient cross timbers.

Bradley Stevenson, Botany and Microbiology, OU.  Brad's expertise is in assessing microbial community diversity and dynamics in soils.  His interest is in the relationship between the soil microbes and the overlying plant diversity.

Linda Wallace, Botany and Microbiology, OU.  Linda studies grassland productivity and biodiversity responses to disturbance, and thus can evaluate the advantages of LIHD.

Rodney Will, NREM, OSU. Rodney is interested in how redcedar might be used for biofuels to facilitate restoration to sustainable LIHD systems.

Yanqi Wu, Plant and Soil Sciences, OSU.  Yanqi is a leading expert in switchgrass (a proposed HILD crop) genetics, and is interested in adapting techniques to LIHD systems.

Chev Kellogg, Civil Engineering and Environmental Science (postdoc), OU.  Chev's interests are in the effect of plant species diversity and intraspecific genotypic diversity on production, decomposition and nutrient dynamics in LIHD systems.

Karen McBee, Zoology, OSU. Karen is interested in impact of LIHD systems and harvest practices on biodiversity of small vertebrate communities.

Carlos Cordova, Geography, OSU. Carlos uses paleoecological techniques to study the ecology and evolution of grasslands subject to chronic biomass removal.

Karen Hickman, NREM, OSU.  Many of the proposed HILDs involve invasive exotic grasses, Karen’s expertise.

Stephen Stadler, Geography, OSU.  Steve is an applied climatologist on the Steering Committee of the Oklahoma Mesonetwork and involved with sustainable energy initiatives throughout Oklahoma.


Emerging diseases

Ulrich Melcher, BMB, OSU.  Ulrich’s work on virus diversity and evolution will help determine whether emerging diseases are less problematic in LIHDs

Kay Scheets, Botany, OSU.  Kay is interested in viruses of grasses in LIHD vs. HILD systems and the potential of new viruses spread from HILD systems to cereal crops.



Mostafa Elshahed, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, OSU.  Mostafa explores the use of anaerobic fungi as bioconversion agents of lignin and lignocellulosic plant materials.

Babu Fathepure, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, OSU. Babu examines the conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks to ethanol and methane.

Andrew Mort, BMB, OSU.  Cellulosic conversion from LIHD systems is seen as a major hurdle for biofuels from LIHD.  Andrew has valuable expertise in structure and enzymatic treatment of cell walls.

Marlee Pierce, BMB, OSU.  Marlee's understanding of cell wall degradation in plant disease will be helpful in designing treatments for biomass from LIHDs.



Beth Caniglia, Sociology, OSU.  Beth’s expertise on multi-stakeholder dialogues and sustainable development are ideally suited for discussions of LIHDs.  She is also interested in the influence of science on environmental policy making.

Andrew Doust, Botany, OSU.  Andrew is interested in applying DNA barcoding for identification of grasses in diverse mixtures.


Ulrich Melcher

Andrew Mort

Marlee Pierce


Botany, OSU

Mike Palmer

Kay Scheets

Andrew Doust


Geography, OSU

Carlos Cordova

Stephen Stadler


Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, OSU

Mostafa Elshahed

Babu Fathepure



Tim O’Connell

Rodney Will

Karen Hickman


Plant and Soil Sciences, OSU

Michael Anderson

Shiping Deng

Yanqi Wu


Sociology, OSU

Beth Caniglia


Zoology, OSU

Kristen Baum

Karen McBee



Botany and Microbiology, OU

Phil Gibson

Yiqi Luo

Bradley Stevenson

Linda Wallace


Civil Engineering & Env. Sci., OU

Chev Kellogg


Geosciences, Univ. of Arkansas

David Stahle

David Stahle