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Executive Team

Tim Rials


Professor and Director, Center for Renewable Carbon

As director of the SE Regional Sun Grant Center, Tim contributes a regional perspective of issues and challenges, and an extensive network of researchers and collaborators at land-grant institutions. He also coordinates the national program developing woody crops as a biofuels feedstock.

Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham

Director, Product Development

Mike is responsible for the development of conventional and biotech tree products for North America including pine, eucalyptus and hardwood species. He has over 25 years of experience in the areas of forest regeneration and forest genetics. Prior to joining ArborGen, Cunningham was a project leader and regeneration group leader for Union Camp Corporation and then International Paper Company based out of Savannah, GA.

Bill Hubbard

Bill Hubbard

Southern Regional Extension Forester

With a long career in extension, Bill furthers the team's capacity for outreach with fundamental understanding of effective methods of information transfer. Along with experience in outcome-based research, he brings an expansive network of collaborators involved in both forest and agricultural biomass production.

Steve Kelley

Steve Kelley

Professor and Head, Department of Forest Biomaterials

Steve has been closely associated with both the biofuels (NREL), and pulp and paper (NCSU) industries. He adds extensive technical expertise to the IBSS team, and experience in project management. He is also closely involved in curricula development and other higher education issues.

Steve Taylor


Professor and Head, Biosystems Engineering Department, Center for Bioenergy & Bioproducts

Steve directs Auburn University's Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts, coordinating their broader biofuels research and development program. From his academic experience, he brings unique educational insights and a strong appreciation of outreach.

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