Tait Bowers is a PhD candidate in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) at the University of Washington. Working at the Center for International Trade in Forest Products, he is supporting the life cycle analysis (LCA) aspect of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) bio-jet fuel project. The assessment of the environmental impacts in the production of bio-jet fuel from forest residuals is essential to meet requirements as a viable renewable fuel source.

Mr. Bowers’ research areas include the development of green building programs domestically and internationally, the role of forest certification and certified wood in the marketplace, the integration ofLCA of wood products, and the future role of environmental product declarations (EPDs) on the forest products industry. He has diverse work experience in wood products markets and trade.

Supervisor: Ivan Eastin

B.S. Forestry (Wood Science and Technology), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

M.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (Forest Products option with a concentration in Industrial Management, Marketing and Economics), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

M.S. Thesis: Physical and Mechanical Properties of Illinois Juvenile Hardwoods.