Heather Youngs, Ph.D.

Dr. Heather Youngs is a senior fellow at the Energy Biosciences Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Oregon Graduate Institute (now part of OHSU) and went on to serve as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Carnegie Institution Department of Plant Biology at Stanford University, where she received an NIH fellowship and the Vera Rubin Award. 

Dr. Youngs has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Portland and an Assistant Professor at Michigan Technological University. She has authored 30 papers and 3 book chapters on topics related to biomass and bioenergy and, she adds, “at least a hundred frivolous poems.” 

As leader of the EBI Bioenergy Analysis Team, her current role is to deeply understand the development of bioenergy technologies in the context of energy access and security, climate change, and long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

In addition to a strategic role in the institute, Dr. Youngs has provided expert analysis to members of Congress, NGOs, and governmental agencies and participated in activities sponsored by the UN Environment Program (UNEP), the Scientific Committee on Problems in the Environment (SCOPE), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She has also has joined the advisory board of the Carbon Mitigation Institute (CMI) at Princeton University and serves as the Executive Editor of the publication Bioenergy Connection.

A little-known fact about Youngs is that she is not afraid of spiders, unless they sneak up on her. You can follow her escapades on twitter @phytophile.