Last updated on: 2/27/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

David Pimentel, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University
Position:
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“We want to be very clear: solar cells, wind turbines, and biomass-for-energy plantations can never replace even a small fraction of the highly reliable, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric power stations. Claims to the contrary are popular, but irresponsible…

We live in a hydrocarbon-limited world, generate too much CO2, and major hydropower opportunities have been exhausted worldwide…”

Cowritten with T. Patzek, “Thermodynamics of Energy Production from Biomass,” Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, Mar. 14, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
  • Professor of Insect Ecology & Agricultural Sciences, Dept. of Entomology and Section of Ecology and Systematics, Cornell University, 1969-present
  • Member, National Board of Advisers, Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America, an immigration reduction and anti-illegal immigration organization
  • Member, National Board of Directors, Carrying Capacity Network, an immigration reduction and anti-illegal immigration organization
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2008
  • Member, Secretary of Energy’s Energy Research Advisory Board, US Department of Energy, 1979-1983
  • Professor, Core Faculty, Center for Environmental Quality Management, Cornell University, 1973-1974
  • Professor and Head of Dept. of Entomology and Limnology, Cornell University, 1963-1969
  • Associate Professor of Insect Ecology, Cornell University, 1960-1963
  • NSF Computer Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1961
  • Fellow, Oxford University, 1961
  • Assistant Professor of Insect Ecology, Dept. of Entomology and Limnology, Cornell University, 1955-1960
  • Project Leader, Technical Development Laboratory, US Public Health Service, 1954-1955
  • Chief, Tropical Research Laboratory, US Public Health Service, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1951-1954
  • Member, Ecological Society of America, Entomological Society of America, Society for the Study of Evolution, Entomological Society of Canada, American Society of Naturalists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Biological Sciences
Education:
  • PhD, Cornell University, 1951
  • BS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1948
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Ethanol Generate More Energy Than the Amount Needed to Produce It?
  2. Is Biofuel Production a Major Cause of the World Food Crisis?