Haris Gilani Ph.D.

Biomass & Bioenergy Advisor
University of California, Cooperative Extension Riverside County
2980 Washington Street
Riverside, CA 92504
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San Bernardino County


Dr. Gilani is a Biomass & Bioenergy Advisor at the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. His current research is focused on commercializing and deploying low-carbon and carbon negative fuels using non-merchantable forest biomass in the state of California. He has previously served in various academic positions at the University of California Berkeley, State University of New York (SUNY), and the University of British Columbia. At UC Berkeley he conducted techno-economic and policy analysis to produce hydrogen from biomass and also helped organize a statewide Forest Biofuels Working Group. As a Project Director Bioeconomy at SUNY, he developed wood-based bioeconomy roadmap for New York State to meet the greenhouse gas reduction and environmental justice targets under NYS's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). During his time at the University of British Columbia he taught Wood Industry Business Management course to undergraduate students and conducted research in the areas of forest economics and wood products marketing. Haris has a Phd degree in Wood Products Marketing from the University of British Columbia and his research work has been published in business, forestry and interdisciplinary journals. 


Ph.D Wood Products Marketing, University of British Columbia. 2015


Environmental Science and Policy


Biomass & Bioenergy; Natural Resources Economics; Carbon Dioxide Removal

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Peer Reviewed

  • Gilani H, Ibrik K and Sanchez D (2023). Techno-economic and policy analysis of hydrogen and gasoline Production from Forest biomass, agricultural residues and municipal solid waste in California. Biofuels, Bioprod Biorefining. 17, 988–1002.
  • Thengane, SK; Kung, K; Gilani, H; Lim, C; Sokhansanj, S; & Sanchez, D (2021). Market prospects for biochar production and application in California. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. 16:6.
  • Gilani, H & Innes (2020). The state of British Columbia’s forests: A global comparison. Forests. 11:3.
  • Gilani, H & Innes (2020). The state of Canada's forests: A global comparison of the performance on Montréal Process Criteria and Indicators. Forest Policy and Economics. 118.
  • Moshofsky, M.; Gilani, H & Kozak (2019). Adapting forest ecosystems to climate change by identifying the range of acceptable human interventions in Western Canada. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 49:4.
  • Gilani, H; Kozak, R; & Innes, J. (2018). Chain of custody certification involvement in the British Columbia value-added wood products sector. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products. 76, 1061–1069.
  • Gilani, H; Innes, J & Kent (2018). Developing human well-being domains, metrics and indicators in an ecosystem-based management context in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. Society & Natural Resources. 31:12.
  • Gilani, H; De Grave, A; & Innes, J (2018). The effects of seasonal business diversification of British Columbia ski resorts on forest management. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. 23, 51-58.
  • Gilani, H; Kozak, R; & Innes, J (2017). A change management model for the adoption of chain of custody certification in the BC value-added wood products sector. Journal of Change Management. 240-256.
  • Gilani, H; Yoshida, T; & Innes, J (2017). A collaborative forest management user group's perceptions and expectations on REDD+ in Nepal. Forest Policy and Economics. 80, 27-33.
  • Gilani, H; & Innes, J. (2017). Environmental and social aspects of underwater logging. Geoforum. 86, 188-191.
  • Gilani, H; Kozak, R; & Innes, J (2016). The state of innovation in the British Columbia's value-added wood products sector: the example of chain of custody certification. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 46, 1067-1075.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Sanchez, D & Gilani (2022). Advancing Collaborative Action on Forest Biofuels in California. Joint Institute for Wood Products Innovation. California Board of Forestry. Sacramento, CA. California Board of Forestry.
  • Gilani, H & Sanchez (2021). Low-carbon forest biofuels in California: state of knowledge, research gaps and near-term priorities. Joint Institute for Wood Products Innovation. California Board of Forestry. Sacramento, CA.
  • Gilani, H & Sanchez (2020). An overview of the hydrogen market in California –Opportunities for forest biomass. Joint Institute for Wood Products Innovation. Sacramento, California.
  • Gilani, H & Sanchez (2020). Policy options for utilizing forest residues as low-carbon or carbon-negative gaseous or liquid fuels in California. Conservation Strategy Group. Sacramento, California.

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