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YIBS is committed to the teaching of environmental studies to future generations and provides physical and intellectual centers for research and education that address biospheric issues.
The Yale Climate and Energy Institute
The Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI) seeks to understand Earth's climate system, ecological and social impacts of climate change, the strengths and weaknesses of current political and economic system's ability to respond to climate change, and to provide realistic, implementable solutions to societies and communities around the world.
Berat Z.Haznedaroglu, PhD
Berat has received his Ph.D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Riverside in 2010. He earned his M.Sc. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University in 2005; and B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from Middle East Technical University in 2003. Berat is a member of American Chemical Society (ACS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiChE), American Society for Microbiology (ASM), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Water Environment Federation (WEF), and Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). Berat has been recently awarded a joint postdoctoral fellowship by Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute. Currently, he is working under the supervision of Dr. Jordan Peccia at Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department of Yale University.
His research interests are applied and environmental microbiology, biotechnology, and functional genomics.
The global demand for petroleum as a transportation and heating fuel is predicted to increase 40% by 2025. Liquid biofuels from plants and microalgae feed stocks represent a renewable, sustainable alternative to petroleum energy when greenhouse gases released during the combustion of these biofuels are partially neutralized by the carbon dioxide required for their growth. The greatly minimized acreage estimates, high lipid content and growth rate, and more efficient carbon dioxide sequestration capacity suggests that biofuels derived from lipids produced in microalgae may circumvent many of the limitations ascribed to petroleum fuel and plant-based biofuels. Work in our lab focuses on two fundamental aspects of microalgae biofuel production. These are microalgae functional genomics and population stability.
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