Ben Ballard, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Renewable Energy at SUNY Morrisville. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Forest Resources Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), an M.S. in Statistics from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecosystem Science and Applications from SUNY ESF. As a researcher at SUNY ESF, he worked for many years with shrub willow bioenergy crops and vegetation management on powerline corridors with a special emphasis on shrub communities. Dr. Ballard has published two books on shrub identification. Dr. Ballard joined SUNY Morrisville in 2007, and his current teaching and research include various topics in biomass, bioenergy, biofuels, and thermal energy systems (including solar). He is particularly interested in the use of agricultural and forest residues and other waste streams for energy applications, including biodiesel, gasification and pyrolysis, and anaerobic digestion.