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University of Maine

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Our Research

Our research typically occurs at the nexus between established scientific disciplines, i.e. chemistry, economics, natural resources, environmental sciences, engineering, business and economics, social science, wood science and technology, computing, operations research and management science. Because of this we adopt a multi-scale, multi-disciplinary, integrative approaches that enable us to bring a wide range of skills to bear on pressing environmental and sustainable development problems. We work with experts from the School of Forest Resources, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and across the University of Maine, as well as with institutions in Asia, Europe, Africa and the USA.

Core Research Areas include:

 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Integrated Environmental Assessment of Bioproducts and Biofuels

 Green Supply Chain Management

 Sustainability and Industrial Networks

 Systems Modeling and Agent based Modeling in Industrial Ecology

 Carbon Footprinting and Climate Change Policy

 Resources Productivity

 

Our research emphasizes the development and application of quantitative methods that utilize variety of analytical and system modeling platforms such as Powersim, STELLA, Matlab, ArcGIS, Expert Choice, REPAST to study the sustainability impacts of product life cycles, including development of LCI data.