Visiting Research Scholar 2007-2008; Associate Research Scholar 2010-2011
Tim Searchinger is a research scholar whose work mingles ecology and economics to address the challenge of feeding a growing world population while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels. Searchinger's articles in Science about the land use implications of biofuels and the proper accounting of greenhouse gas emissions from bioenergy generally have been credited with reshaping the world debate on bioenergy. Ongoing research focuses on a simplified system for comparing the greenhouse gas consequences of different land uses, and a strategy for addressing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Searchinger is also organizing an international study to set forth practical, technical guidance for ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Prior to coming to Princeton in 2007, Searchinger spent seventeen years as an attorney at the national advocacy group, the Environmental Defense Fund, where he authored a prize-working book on wetlands, directed the group's work on agricultural policies, and led work to protect and restore the Everglades and the Mississippi River. Searchinger is a graduate, summa cum laude, of Amherst College and holds a J.D. from Yale Law School where he was Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He has also served as a law clerk to Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals, as Deputy General Counsel to Governor Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and as a fellow at the Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute at Georgetown Law School. Searchinger is also a Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S.