Student Focus - Mason Earles
Mason Earles has a B.A. in Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, with an emphasis on green building. He is currently pursuing his M.S. in Forest Resources, while working as a graduate research assistant for the Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative (FBRI). Before joining UMaine, his previous work experience includes sustainable design consulting, building material research/selection, and construction management for a model green home project. He is a member of UMaine’s newly formed Research Group on Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, and Systems Sustainability (IELCASS) led by Dr. Anthony Halog. His current research aims to forecast the environmental impacts associated with wide-spread adoption of forest product biorefineries using novel methods for life cycle assessment (LCA). More specifically, he is developing an integrated framework that combines an existing dynamic partial equilibrium model of domestic and global forest markets with environmental LCA techniques.