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Daniel Inman

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Daniel Inman is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Research Scientist
On staff since February 2008
Phone number: 303-384-6845
E-mail: Daniel.Inman@nrel.gov

Areas of expertise

  • Life-cycle modeling of renewable fuels
  • Feedstock production and handling
  • Biofuel sustainability
  • Statistical analysis of temporal and spatial datasets
  • System dynamics

Primary research interests

  • Sustainability analysis
  • Biomass Scenario Model

Education and background training

  • Ph.D. in soil and crop science, Colorado State University, 2006
  • M.S. in soil genesis and classification, University of Tennessee, 2000
  • B.S. in environmental science, University of Tennessee, 1997

Prior work experience

  • Research Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Bioenergy Center, 2008–present
  • Research Associate, Dept. of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University, 2004–2008
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University, 2002–2004
  • Staff Soil Scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2000–2001
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Tennessee, 1998–2000

Selected publications

Ruth, M.; Mai, T.; Newes, E.; Aden, A.; Warner, E.; Uriarte, C.; Inman, D.; Simpkins, T.; Argo, A. (2013). Transportation Energy Futures Series: Projected Biomass Utilization for Fuels and Power in a Mature Market. 174 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-53336; DOE/GO-102013-3707.

Warner, E.; Zhang, Y.; Inman, D.; and Heath, G. (2013). Challenges in the estimation of greenhouse gas emissions from biofuel-induced global land-use change. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1434

Argo, A. M.; Tan, E. C. D.; Inman, D.; Langholtz, M. H.; Eaton, L. M.; Jacobson, J. J.; Wright, C. T.; Muth, D. J.; Wu, M. M.; Chiu, Y. W.; Graham, R. L. (2013). Investigation of Biochemical Biorefinery Sizing and Environmental Sustainability Impacts for Conventional Bale System and Advanced Uniform Biomass Logistics Designs. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. Vol. 7(3), May/June 2013; pp. 282-302; NREL Report No. JA-6A10-55199. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bbb.1391

Warner, E.; Inman, D. 2013. Insight: how will biofuels change land use? Environmental research web. March 20, 2013.

Warner, E.; Inman, D.; Kunstman, B.; Bush, B.; Vimmerstedt, L.; Peterson, S.; Macknick, J.; Zhang, Y. (2013). Modeling Biofuel Expansion Effects on Land Use Change Dynamics. Article No. 015003. Environmental Research Letters. Vol. 8(1), January-March 2013; 10 pp.; NREL Report No. JA-6A20-56291. http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/015003

Miner, G.L, N. C. Hansen, D. Inman, L.A. Sherrod, and G.A. Peterson. 2013. Constraints and Capabilities of No-Till Dryland Agroecosystems as Bioenergy Production Systems. Agron. J. doi: 10.2134/agronj2012.0243.

Newes, E.; Bush, B.; Inman, D.; Lin, Y.; Mai, T.; Martinez, A.; Mulcahy, D.; Short, W.; Simpkins, T.; Uriarte, C.; Peck, C. (2012). Biomass Resource Allocation among Competing End Uses. 66 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-54217.

Adler, P.; Del Grosso, S.J.; Inman, D.; Jenkins, R.E.; Spatari, S.; Zhang, Y. (In Press 2011). "Life Cycle Assessment of Bioenergy Feedstock Production: Uncertainty, Landscape Heterogeneity, and Mitigation Opportunities." Liebig, M.; Franzluebbers, A.J.; Follett, R.F., eds. Managing Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Newes, E.; Inman, D.; Bush, B. (2011). "Understanding the Developing Cellulosic Biofuels Industry through Dynamic Modeling." Chapter 18. Bernardes, M., ed. Economic Effects of Biofuel Production, Rijeka, Croatia: InTech; pp. 373-404.

Inman, D.; Nagle, N.; Jacobson, J.; Searcy, E.; Ray, A. (2010). "Feedstock Handling and Processing Effects on Biochemical Conversion to Biofuels: A Review." Biofpr (4); pp. 562-573.

Hsu, D. D.; Inman, D.; Heath, G. A.; Wolfrum, E. J.; Mann, M. K.; Aden, A. (2010). "Life Cycle Environmental Impacts of Selected U.S. Ethanol Production and Use Pathways in 2022." Environmental Science and Technology (44:13); pp. 5289-5297.

Williams, P. R. D.; Inman, D.; Aden, A.; Heath, G. (2009). "Environmental and Sustainability Factors Associated With Next-Generation Biofuels: What Do We Really Know?" Environmental Science and Technology (43:13); pp. 4763-4775.

Khosla, R.; Inman, D.; Westfall, D. G.; Reich, R. M.; Frasier, M.; Mzuku, M.; Koch, B.; Hornung, A. (2008). "A Synthesis of Multi-Disciplinary Research in Precision Agriculture: Site-Specific Management Zones in the Semi-Arid Western Great Plains of the USA." Journal of Precision Agriculture (9); pp. 85-100.

Inman, D.; Khosla, R.; Reich, R. M.; Westfall, D. G. (2008). "Normalized Difference Vegetation Index and Soil Color-Based Management Zones in Irrigated Maize." Agronomy Journal (100); pp. 60-66.

Inman, D.; Khosla, R.; Reich, R. M.; Westfall, D. G. (2007). "Active Remote Sensing and Grain Yield in Irrigated Maize." Journal of Precision Agriculture (8); pp. 241-252.

Inman, D.; Khosla, R.; Frasier, W. M.; Westfall, D. G; Koch, B. (2007). "Profitability of Site-Specific Nitrogen Management Strategies across Soil Color-Based Management Zones." Stafford, J. V., ed. Precision Agriculture '07. Wageningen, the Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Khosla, R.; Inman, D.; Westfall, D. G. (2007). "Site-Specific Management Zones: Seven Years of Research in the Western Great Plains of the US." Stafford, J. V., ed. Precision Agriculture '07. Wageningen, the Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Khosla, R.; Westfall, D.; Reich, R.; Inman, D. (2006). "Temporal and Spatial Stability of Soil Test Parameters used in Precision Agriculture." Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis (37:15); pp. 2127-2136. Journal of Industrial Ecology. Volume 17, Issue 3, p. 396-406.

Full list of Daniel Inman publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Rock climbing, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, good food, music, travel