Shannon

Current research

Teaching

Education

Publications

Presentations and posters

Awards

Shannon Ewanick

Postdoctoral research associate and instructor

Current Research:

Investigating the influence of moisture content and other factors on the uptake of sulfur dioxide and subsequent steam explosion pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass.

Teaching:

BSE 201, Winter quarter - Introduction to Pulp, Paper, and Bioproducts (2013-present)
BSE 202, Winter quarter - Pulp and Paper Lab and Field Studies (2013-present)
BSE 426, Spring quarter - Bioresource Laboratory (2013-present)

Education: 

BSc  Biochemistry, University of British Columbia, 2003

Msc Wood Science, University of British Columbia, 2006 (Thesis)
"Bioconversion of mountain pine beetle-killed lodgepole pine to ethanol"    

PhD Bioresource Science and Engineering, University of Washington, 2012
"Improving the bioconversion yield of carbohydrates and ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass"

Publications:

Ewanick, S., & Schmitt, E. "Use of Raman spectroscopy for continuous monitoring and control of lignocellulosic biorefinery processes." Pure and Applied Chemistry 2014; vol 86, no 5, pp 867–879.

Ewanick S.M., Thompson W., Marquardt B., & Bura R. "Real-time understanding of lignocellulosic bioethanol fermentation by Raman spectroscopy," Biotechnology for biofuels 2013; vol 6, no 28.

Bura, R., Ewanick, S., & Gustafson, R. "Assessment of Arundo donax (Giant reed) as feedstock for conversion to ethanol," Tappi Journal 2012; vol 11, no 4, pp 59-66.

Ewanick S, Bura R. "The effect of biomass moisture content on bioethanol yields from steam pretreated switchgrass and sugarcane bagasse", Bioresource Technology 2010; vol 102, no 3, pp 2651-2658.

Ewanick S, Bura R. "Hydrothermal pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass." In: Waldron K, editor. Bioalcohol production: biochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass: Woodhead; 2010.

Chandra, R.P., Ewanick, S.M., Chung, P.A., Au-Yeung, K., Rio, L.D., Mabee, W. & Saddler, J.N. 2009, "Comparison of methods to assess the enzyme accessibility and hydrolysis of pretreated lignocellulosic substrates", Biotechnology Letters, vol. 31, no. 8, pp. 1217-1222.

Chandra, R., Ewanick, S., Hsieh, C. & Saddler, J.N. 2008, "The characterization of pretreated lignocellulosic substrates prior to enzymatic hydrolysis, part 1: A modified Simons' staining technique", Biotechnology progress, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 1178-1185.

Ewanick, S.M., Bura, R. & Saddler, J.N. 2007, "Acid-catalyzed steam pretreatment of lodgepole pine and subsequent enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation to ethanol.", Biotechnol Bioeng, vol. 98, no. 4, pp. 737-746.

Jeffs, L.B., Palmer, L.R., Ambegia, E.G., Giesbrecht, C., Ewanick, S. & Maclachlan, I. 2005, "A Scalable, Extrusion-Free Method for Efficient Liposomal Encapsulation of Plasmid DNA", Pharmaceutical research, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 362-372.

Presentations and posters:

  1. Ewanick and Bura, “Harnessing heterogeneity: maximizing potential sugar yield from hybrid poplar by increasing biomass moisture content prior to pretreatment” 36th Symposium on biotechnology for fuels and chemicals, Clearwater Beach, FL, (2014, April) Poster
  2. Ewanick and Bura, “Maximizing potential ethanol yield by increasing biomass moisture content prior to pretreatment” 35th Symposium on biotechnology for fuels and chemicals, Portland, OR, (2013, April) Poster
  3. Ewanick and Bura, “Bridging the gap: How can we reconcile optimal biomass conditions for comminution and handling with those for bioconversion?” 34th Symposium on biotechnology for fuels and chemicals, New Orleans LA, (2012, April). Poster presentation.
  4. Ewanick and Bura, “Revolutionary sensor to measure the real time progress of fermentation for production of biochemicals from lignocellulosic biomass” 34th Symposium on biotechnology for fuels and chemicals, New Orleans LA, (2012, April). Poster presentation.
  5. Ewanick, Bura, Thompson and Marquardt, “Measuring the progress of lignocellulosic fermentation using Raman spectroscopy” 33rd Symposium for biotechnology on fuels and chemicals, Seattle WA, (2011, May). Poster presentation.
  6. Bura, Gustafson, Marquardt, Ewanick, Lin, Thompson, “Using Raman spectroscopy to measure the progress of fermentation of lignocellulosic sugars to ethanol” 33rd Symposium on biotechnology for fuels and chemicals, Seattle WA, (2011, May). Poster presenation.
  7. Bura, Gustafson, Marquardt, Ewanick, Lin, Thompson, “Using Raman spectroscopy to measure the progress of fermentation of lignocellulosic sugars to ethanol” Center for process analytical chemistry (CPAC) Spring meeting (2011, May). Oral presentation.
  8. Ewanick, Bura, Gustafson, Marquardt, Lin, Thompson, "Raman spectroscopy for measurement of lignocellulosic biomass processes and products"Pacific Rim Summit On Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy, Honolulu, HI. December 11-14, 2010. Oral presentation.
  9. Ewanick and Bura, “Is wetter better? Steam explosion pretreatment of switchgrass and sugarcane bagasse: effect of moisture content on bioethanol yield.”  Pacific Rim Summit On Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy, Honolulu, HI. December 11-14, 2010. Poster presentation.
  10. Bura, Gustafson, Marquardt, Ewanick, Lin, Thompson, “A new frontier: real-time measurement of products from lignocellulosic biomass” Center for process analytical chemistry (CPAC) fall meeting (2010, November)
  11. Ewanick, Bura, Gustafson and Marquardt, “Beyond pretreatment: pre-processing of biomass coupled with on-line measurement techniques” 32nd Symposium on biotechnology for fuels and chemicals, Clearwater Beach, FL, (2010, May). Poster presentation.
  12. Ewanick and Bura, “Is wetter better? Steam explosion pretreatment of switchgrass and sugarcane bagasse: effect of moisture content on bioethanol yield.”  Washington pulp and paper foundation 41st annual conference: Biomass conversion impacting pacific northwest fiber supply. May 27, 2010, Seattle WA. Poster presentation.
  13. Ewanick, Bura, Gustafson and Marquardt, “Compositional analysis for the 21st century: high throughput methods to evaluate lignocellulosic biomass for bioethanol production” 31st Symposium on biotechnology for fuels and chemicals, San Francisco CA, (2009, May). Poster presentation.
  14. Ewanick, Bura, Gustafson and Marquardt, “Compositional analysis for the 21st century: high throughput methods to evaluate lignocellulosic biomass for bioethanol production.” 31st symposium on biotechnology for fuels and chemicals. May 3-6, 2009, San Francisco CA. Poster presentation.
  15. Ewanick, Bura, Gustafson and Marquardt, “Development of a high-throughput screening process for evaluation of lignocellulosic biomass” CPAC spring meeting (2008, May)
  16. Ewanick, Bura, Gustafson and Marquardt, “Development of screening tools for evaluation of lignocellulosic biomass” Center for process analytical chemistry (CPAC) fall meeting (2008, November).
  17. Ewanick and Saddler, “Fungally treated lodgepole pine as a feedstock for biomass to ethanol bioconversion.” 28th symposium on biotechnology for fuels and chemicals. June 30-May 3, 2006, Nashville TN. Poster presentation.
  18. Ewanick and Saddler, “Can mountain pine beetle-killed lodgepole pine be converted to ethanol?” UBC Faculty of forestry research evening. March 6 2006, Vancouver BC. Poster presentation.
  19. Ewanick and Saddler,“Can mountain pine beetle-killed lodgepole pine be converted to ethanol?” The mountain pine beetle epidemic and the future of communities and ecosystems: Research synthesis and strategy workshop series. Nov. 7-10 2005, Vancouver and Prince George, BC. Poster presentation.

Awards and honors:

2008:  First prize: Poster competition, UW Center for Process Analytical Chemistry Spring meeting
2006:  Outstanding student poster, science category, 28th symposium on biotechnology for fuels and chemicals
2006:  First prize: Student research poster competition, UBC faculty of forestry, $200
2005: Mountain pine beetle graduate student research award, FIA-FSP,6 months, $5000
2002: Undergraduate student research award in industry, NSERC, 8 months, $4500
2001: Undergraduate student research award in industry, NSERC, 8 months, $4500