Geospatial Energy Resources & Life Cycle Assessment (GERLCA) Research Group

Marie-Odile P. Fortier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Merced

Updates

5/14/2019 - Dr. Fortier participated on a question and answer panel for the Navigating the Academic Job Search workshop at the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) 2019 conference in Tempe, AZ.

5/14/2019-5/16/2019 - Dr. Fortier is attending the AEESP conference in Tempe, AZ.

4/25/2019 - Ryan Quinn, who is co-advised by Dr. Fortier and Dr. Tristan Brown (SUNY ESF), gave a formal presentation of his Master's thesis and passed his defense, making him the fourth Fortier research group graduate! His thesis is titled "Life cycle assessment of forest-residue bioenergy pathways in the Northeast United States." Ryan also recently accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Renewable Energy at SUNY Morrisville, starting Fall 2019! Congratulations, Ryan!

4/24-27/2019 - Dr. Fortier is traveling to SUNY ESF for her co-advised Master's degree student Ryan Quinn's capstone and thesis defense.

4/21/2019 - Amanda Trombly (Fortier research group graduate) and Dr. Fortier submitted a manuscript of Amanda's thesis titled "Carbon footprint of wines from the Finger Lakes region in New York State" for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

4/17/2019 - Dr. Fortier hosted an orientation meeting for summer 2019 undergraduate student researchers on energy life cycle assessment projects.

4/9/2019 - Aleks Siemenn, undergraduate at the University at Albany and Fortier research group collaborator on oscillating water column systems, was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! He will be starting his PhD this Fall 2019 at MIT. Congratulations, Aleks!

4/4/2019 - Dr. Fortier attended a Broader Impacts workshop at UC Merced.

3/29/2019 - Dr. Fortier gave an invited research seminar at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor for the Sustainable Systems seminar series.

3/22/2019 - Dr. Fortier attended the HPC4 Energy Innovation Online Colloquium on Machine Learning.

3/18 & 3/20/2019 - Dr. Fortier attended UndocuAlly training at UC Merced.

3/15/2019 - Dr. Fortier attended the Central Valley Geosummit at UC Merced.

3/14/2019 - Dr. Fortier gave an invited research seminar presentation at Fresno State for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences seminar series.

3/12/2019 - Dr. Fortier became a member of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced.

1-3/2019 - Dr. Fortier participated in the full Spring 2019 UC Merced Junior Faculty Productivity workshop series coordinated and hosted by Dr. Tanya Bolash-Goza.

1/10/2019 - Aleks Siemenn, senior undergraduate at the University of Albany, gave an oral presentation titled Geospatial Energy Potential and Life Cycle Assessment of Nearshore Oscillating Water Column Systems Along the Eastern Coast of New England, United States and coauthored with Marie-Odile Fortier at the 10th Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy, a section of the 2019 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

12/17/2018 - Interested in joining Dr. Fortier's research group? Please see our ad in the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors jobs page and the International Society of Industrial Ecology jobs page.

12/14/2018 - Dr. Fortier judged engineering capstone projects during the UC Merced School of Engineering Innovate to Grow design expo.

12/12/2018 - Aleks Siemenn, senior undergraduate at the University of Albany, presented an interactive presentation titled Geospatial Energy Potential and Life Cycle Assessment of Nearshore Oscillating Water Column Systems Along the Eastern Coast of New England, United States and coauthored with Marie-Odile Fortier at the NASA Hyperwall at the 2018 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in Washington, DC. Aleks was among the Grand Prize winners in the highly competitive AGU Data Visualization and Storytelling Competition. Congrats, Aleks!

[Photo credit: Angel Fernandez Bou]

12/11/2018 - Aleks Siemenn, senior undergraduate at the University of Albany, presented a poster titled Geospatial Energy Potential and Life Cycle Assessment of Nearshore Oscillating Water Column Systems Along the Eastern Coast of New England, United States and coauthored with Marie-Odile Fortier at the 2018 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in Washington, DC.

12/10-12/11/2018 - Dr. Fortier attended the Energy & Mines World Congress in Toronto, Canada.

12/9/2018 - Dr. Fortier attended the Energy & Mines Pre-Summit Workshop for Energy Professionals in Toronto, Canada.

12/7/2018 - Ryan Quinn, who is co-advised by Dr. Tristan Brown (SUNY ESF) and Dr. Marie-Odile Fortier, was awarded a Graduate Student Travel Grant by the Graduate Student Association at SUNY ESF to contribute towards his oral presentation of his research at the 2018 AIChE Fall Meeting. Congrats, Ryan!

12/6-12/7/2018 - Dr. Fortier met with collaborators on the USDA BRDI grant, coordinated for future collaborative proposals, and met graduate students on whose committees she serves during a visit to SUNY ESF.

11/29/2018 - Introduction to evaluating energy justice across the life cycle: a social life cycle assessment approach is now published in the Energy Justice special issue of Applied Energy.

11/8/2018 - Introduction to evaluating energy justice across the life cycle: a social life cycle assessment approach was accepted for publication in the Energy Justice special issue of Applied Energy. The authors are: Dr. Marie-Odile Fortier, Dr. Lemir Teron (SUNY ESF), Dr. Tony Reames (University of Michigan), Dynta Munardy (Fortier Research Group graduate), and Breck Sullivan (Fortier Research Group graduate).

11/6/2018 - Dr. Fortier became affiliate faculty in the UC Merced Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program. Students interested in joining her research group can apply to either the Mechanical Engineering or the Environmental Systems PhD program, depending on their best fit. Note that applications for Fall 2019 (or Spring 2020 if deferred) are due by January 15, 2019. The Environmental Systems Graduate Program has an earlier deadline of December 15, 2018 for priority of consideration for admission and funding. Please email Dr. Fortier if you are considering applying. More general information can be found here.

11/1-11/2/2018 - Dr. Fortier attended a Software Carpentry workshop held at UC Merced.

11/1/2018 - Jenny Frank, a SUNY ESF graduate student, gave an oral presentation titled "Replicating Indian Point’s energy generation using renewable energy pathways: a technical and economic stochastic analysis" based on research performed under a Syracuse Center of Excellence Faculty Fellow grant (PI: Tristan Brown, co-PIs: Tim Volk, Robert Malmsheimer, and Marie-Odile Fortier) at the 2018 AIChE Fall Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

10/30/2018 - Dr. Fortier is now on the Environmental Systems Admissions Committee at UC Merced.

10/30/2018 - Ryan Quinn, who is co-advised by Dr. Tristan Brown (SUNY ESF) and Dr. Marie-Odile Fortier, gave an oral presentation titled "Life cycle assessment of forest biomass energy pathways in the Northeast US" at the 2018 AIChE Fall Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

10/28/2018 - HakSoo Ha and Obste Therasme, two SUNY ESF graduate students, presented research on forest residues and willow biomass as bioenergy feedstocks, supported by a USDA BRDI grant (PI: Tristan Brown, co-PIs: Tim Volk and Marie-Odile Fortier), at the 2018 AIChE Fall Meeting.

10/16/2018 - Dr. Fortier participated in the Fiat Lux Scholar Program Faculty Reception at UC Merced.

10/5/2018 - Ryan Quinn, who is co-advised by Dr. Tristan Brown (SUNY ESF) and Dr. Marie-Odile Fortier, was awarded a Graduate Student Travel Grant by the Office of Instruction & Graduate Studies at SUNY ESF which will contribute towards his upcoming oral presentation of his research at the 2018 AIChE Fall Meeting!

9/25/2018 - Dr. Fortier gave one oral presentation and three poster presentations on recent research at the SETAC Europe 24th LCA Symposium in Vienna, Austria.

July 2018 - Dr. Marie-Odile Fortier joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Merced as tenure-track faculty.

7/10/2018 - Amanda Trombly, who is advised by Dr. Fortier, gave a formal presentation of her thesis and passed her defense, making her the third Fortier research group graduate! Her thesis is titled "Life cycle assessment of wines produced in the Finger Lakes region of New York State."

6/27/2018 - Three proposals were submitted for consideration for Department of Energy funding with Dr. Fortier as lead PI on University of California, Merced subawards.

6/26/2018 - Fortier research group graduate Breck Sullivan won first place in the student poster competition of the 2018 International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) in Buffalo, NY for her poster titled "Geographically specific life cycle assessment of electricity from tidal turbines in the United States."

5/24/2018 - Sheng Yang, Tim Volk, and Marie-Odile Fortier submitted a paper on geographically specific life cycle assessment of willow biomass crops for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

5/12/2018 - Congratulations to Breck Sullivan and Dynta Munardy on graduating with their Master's degrees!

[Photo credit: http://www.esf.edu/communications/galleries/2018/05.14.graduation.htm]

5/2/2018 - Dynta Munardy, who is advised by Dr. Fortier and funded by a Fulbright fellowship, gave a formal presentation of her thesis and passed her thesis defense, making her the second Fortier research group graduate! Her thesis is titled "Life cycle assessment and techno economic analysis of electricity from community-based bamboo gasification in a rural and remote island of Indonesia."

4/26/2018 - Dr. Fortier gave an oral presentation on "The Necessity of Geospatial Data in Calculating the Life Cycle Environmental Impacts of Energy Systems" at EnerGIS 2018 in Canonsburg, PA.

4/24/2018 - Breck Sullivan presented a poster on her thesis research at the SUNY ESF Spotlight on Student Research, which won third place among all graduate student posters. On the same day, Breck was also awarded as the 2017-2018 Outstanding Master's Degree Scholar in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science at SUNY ESF!

4/14/2018 - Dr. Fortier judged engineering research posters at the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Statewide Student Conference in Bolton Landing, NY.

4/9/2018 - Breck Sullivan, who is co-advised by Dr. Fortier and Dr. Malmsheimer in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science at SUNY ESF, gave a formal presentation of her thesis and passed her thesis defense, making her the first Fortier research group graduate!

2/15/2018 - Breck Sullivan, who is co-advised by Dr. Fortier and Dr. Malmsheimer in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science at SUNY ESF, gave an oral presentation titled "Geographically specific life cycle assessment of electricity from tidal turbines in the United States" at the 2018 Oceans Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR.

2/12/2018 - Dr. Fortier was PI on a federal-level proposal and co-PI on a state-level proposal submitted to funding agencies for review within the past week.

2/4/2018 - Dr. Fortier was unanimously recommended for continued appointment as an Assistant Professor by the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management faculty, Departmental Review Committee, and Interim Chair based on her third year review dossier.

1/1/2018 - Dr. Fortier's scholarship now has over 200 citations.

12/12/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave an oral presentation titled "Influence of geographic factors on the life cycle climate change impacts of renewable energy systems" at the 2017 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

11/16/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave a guest lecture on biofuels and harnessing energy from waste to students from the Expeditionary Learning Middle School.

11/14/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave a guest lecture on social life cycle assessment and energy justice via Skype for Dr. Tony Reames' NRE 501 Energy Justice course at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

11/12/2017 - Dr. Fortier participated on a panel at the Women's Empowerment Brunch at SUNY ESF, an event organized by the Undergraduate Student Association and the Baobab Society.

10/22/2017 - "Determination of the life cycle climate change impacts of land use and albedo change in algal biofuel production" is in press at Algal Research and now available online. Dr. Fortier is the lead author.

10/9/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave a guest lecture on "Energy Systems and Environmental Impacts" in FOR 132, the departmental orientation seminar for undergraduate students.

10/1/2017 - Dr. Fortier and two graduate students in the group (Dynta Munardy and Breck Sullivan) with Dr. Lemir Teron (SUNY ESF) and Dr. Tony Reames (University of Michigan) submitted a paper invited for publication in a special issue.

8/28/2017 - We are welcoming two new Master's degree students to the Fortier research group this Fall semester: Julio Rosado and Ryan Quinn.

8/25/2017 - Dr. Fortier gave a speech at the SUNY ESF New Student Convocation to welcome students on behalf of the faculty.

8/20/2017 - Dr. Fortier participated on a panel for CONNECTIONS, a pre-orientation program for entering freshmen at SUNY ESF.

Research

I model emerging energy systems and climate change mitigation strategies and study their environmental impacts using life cycle assessment (LCA). I also develop methodology for LCA practice.

What are we missing from the way that we currently assess life cycle environmental impacts and how can we address these issues?

How do the life cycle climate change impacts of novel renewable energy systems compare to our current systems, and how do geographic and temporal variables affect these impacts?

How are the life cycle climate change impacts of the materials we need for the energy transition changing?

Courses

UC Merced:
ES 291: Environmental Systems Seminar (2018-2019, co-taught as ESS 190 with Dr. Rebecca Ryals)
ENVE 160 / ES 260: Sustainable Energy (spring)

SUNY ESF (2015-2018):
SRE 225: Physics of Energy (fall)
SRE 325/525: Energy Systems (fall)
SRE 479/679: Life Cycle Assessment (spring)
FOR 797: Sustainable Energy Graduate Seminar (fall & spring, co-taught)

The Team


Dr. Marie-Odile Payne Fortier

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Merced (2018-present)
Assistant Professor, Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management, SUNY ESF (2015-2018)
PhD Environmental Engineering (University of Kansas, 2015)
BS Environmental Engineering (University of Florida, 2010)


Summer 2019 Undergraduate Researchers

To be updated

Fortier Research Group Graduates


Master's Degree Graduates


Ryan Quinn
Master's degree in Sustainable Energy (coadvised with Dr. Tristan Brown), SUNY ESF - May 2019 Thesis: "Life cycle assessment of forest residue bioenergy pathways in the Northeast United States"Prior education: BA English Literature, SUNY Geneseo, and BT Renewable Energy, SUNY Morrisville.


Amanda Trombly
Master's degree in Forest Resources Management in the Sustainable Energy study area, SUNY ESF - July 2018Thesis: "Life cycle assessment of wines produced in the Finger Lakes region of New York State"Prior education: BS Environmental Science Systems with Pre-Engineering, Le Moyne CollegeStarting in March 2019: Contracted Program Coordinator for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)


Dynta Trishana Munardy
Master's degree in Forest Resources Management in the Sustainable Energy study area, SUNY ESF - May 2018Thesis: "Life cycle assessment and techno economic analysis of electricity from community based bamboo gasification in a rural and remote island of Indonesia"Prior education: BS Environmental Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology, IndonesiaCurrent position: Technical Officer for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Energy

[Credit for third photo: http://www.esf.edu/communications/galleries/2018/05.14.graduation.htm]


Breck Sullivan
Master's degree in Environmental Science in the study area of Environmental Monitoring and Modeling (coadvised with Dr. Robert Malmsheimer), SUNY ESF - May 2018Thesis: "Geographically specific life cycle assessment of electricity from tidal turbines in the United States"Prior education: BA Environmental Studies with a minor in Mathematics, Salisbury UniversityCurrent position: Scientific, Technical Assessment and Reporting Team Staffer for the Chesapeake Bay Program

[Credit for third photo: http://www.esf.edu/communications/galleries/2018/05.14.graduation.htm]

Prospective Students

Please contact Marie-Odile Fortier at mfortier2@ucmerced.edu if you are interested in pursuing a Master's degree or PhD in her Geospatial Energy Resources and Life Cycle Assessment research group at UC Merced.

General information on applying to the UC Merced graduate programs can be found here.

CV

CV last updated in early Fall 2018

Contact Me

mfortier2@ucmerced.edu

Google Scholar page

UC Merced faculty webpage

I almost exclusively tweet while attending conferences: @MarieOdilePF on Twitter

My office is in Science and Engineering Building 2 (SE2), room 386 on the UC Merced main campus.