UW Biofuels and Bioproducts Laboratory

Erik Budsberg

Erik BudsbergCurrent Research:

Major:PhD, Bioresource Science and Engineering
Advisor: Rick Gustafson

After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Geology, Erik decided he wanted to take a different career path, one that would allow him to help and work in the growing field of biofuels.  Since starting at UW with biofuels his work has focused on the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of biofuels, specifically those produced from willow and poplar trees.  The LCA of these processes  allows us to model how a product or process will affect the environment, as it is a way of tracking all inputs and outputs that occur during production.  Also, amongst researching biofuels, Erik is also learning to write in the third person.


B.S. Geology, Western Washington University, 2008

M.S. Bioresource Science and Engineering, University of Washington, 2013


Budsberg, E., M. Rastogi, M. E. Puettmann, J. Caputo, S. Balogh, T. A. Volk, R. Gustafson, and L. Johnson. 2012. Life-cycle assessment for the production of bioethanol from willow biomass crops via biochemical conversion. Forest Products  Journal 62(4):305–313


“Life Cycle Assessment of Poplar Feedstock to Drop-in Fuels” Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest Annual Conference.  September 11, 2012.  Boardman, OR

“Techno-economic analysis and life cycle assessment of hydrocarbon biofuels from poplar biomass” Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest Annual Conference.  September 10, 2013. Corvallis, OR.

“Life Cycle Assessment for Advanced Biofuel Production from Poplar Feedstock” 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops.  October 14, 2013.  Washington DC.


“Life Cycle Assessment of Poplar Feedstock to Drop-in Fuels” Future Energies Conference.  November 13, 2012.  Seattle, WA

“Life Cycle Assessment for the Production of Bioethanol from Willow Biomass Crops via Biochemical Conversion” Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation 2012 Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. May 24, 2012.