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Erik Venteris

Erik Venteris

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Erik Venteris is currently developing GIS and geostatistical-based solutions to national scale land, water, and nutrient resource issues pertaining to algal biofuel production. Erik has been involved in energy and global change research for over 15 years and has a wide range of publications in the earth, soil, and energy sciences.

Research Interests

  • Spatial Modeling
  • Geostatistics
  • GIS
  • Biofuels
  • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Soil Science

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. The Ohio State University 2002 - Soil Science (Quantitative Pedology)
  • M.S.The Ohio State University 1997 - Geology (Glaciology)
  • B.S. Western Illinois University 1994 - Geology

PNNL Publications


  • Venteris ER, and C May. 2014. "Cost-Effective Mapping of Benthic Habitats in Inland Reservoirs through Split-Beam Sonar, Indicator Kriging, and Historical Geologic Data." PLoS One 9(4):Article No. e95940.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0095940
  • Venteris ER, NT Basta, JM Bigham, and R Rea. 2014. "Modeling spatial patterns in soil arsenic to estimate natural baseline concentrations." Journal of Environmental Quality 43(3):936-946.  doi:10.2134/jeq2013.11.0459
  • Venteris ER, R McBride, AM Coleman, R Skaggs, and MS Wigmosta. 2014. "Siting algae cultivation facilities for biofuel production in the United States: trade-offs between growth rate, site constructability, water availability, and infrastructure ." Environmental Science & Technology 48(6):3559-3566.  doi:10.1021/es4045488
  • Venteris ER, R Skaggs, MS Wigmosta, and AM Coleman. 2014. "A National-Scale Comparison of Resource and Nutrient Demands for Algae-Based Biofuel Production by Lipid Extraction and Hydrothermal Liquefaction." Biomass & Bioenergy 64:276-290.  doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.02.001
  • Coleman AM, J Abodeely, R Skaggs, WAM Moeglein, DT Newby, ER Venteris, and MS Wigmosta. 2014. "An Integrated Assessment of Location-Dependent Scaling for Microalgae Biofuel Production Facilities." Algal Research 5:79-94.  doi:10.1016/j.algal.2014.05.008
  • Davis R, D Fishman, ED Frank, MC Johnson, SB Jones, C Kinchin, R Skaggs, ER Venteris, and MS Wigmosta. 2014. "Integrated Evaluation of Cost, Emissions, and Resource Potential for Algal Biofuels at the National Scale." Environmental Science & Technology 48(10):6035-6042.  doi:10.1021/es4055719


  • Venteris ER, R Skaggs, AM Coleman, and MS Wigmosta. 2013. "A GIS COST MODEL TO ASSESS THE AVAILABILITY OF FRESHWATER, SEAWATER, AND SALINE GROUNDWATER FOR ALGAL BIOFUEL PRODUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES." Environmental Science & Technology 47(9):4840-4849.  doi:10.1021/es304135b


  • Venteris ER, R Skaggs, AM Coleman, and MS Wigmosta. 2012. "An Assessment of Land Availability and Price in the Coterminous United States for Conversion to Algal Biofuel Production." Biomass & Bioenergy 47:483-497.  doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.09.060


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