Jason Barton

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Wow.In just a decade and a half I’ve benefited from a host of amazing experiences. While the path may appear random, I’ve been blessed to be working the entire time with some amazing people on some of our most basic needs: water, food, education, and energy. The list below is an attempt to give a concise version of my professional story.


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Instructor,  Bioenergy Systems (FSHN 595)

Center for Advanced Bioenergy Research (CABER)

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

– Teaching Bioenergy Systems (FSHN 595), graduate level course

– Conducting classes on biochemistry of biofuel conversion processes, energetic and land use        efficiencies, soil science, crop production, policy, economics

Faculty of Land and Food Systems

PhD Candidate, 2006-present

University of British Columbia (formerly the Faculty of Agricultural Science)

Vancouver, Canada

Completing dissertation investigating the economics and ecology of Brazilian sugarcane ethanol production.

Teaching Assistant, 2006-’08

– Lectured, conducted labs, composed quizzes on university statistics course

– Administered course’s grades and web components

Energy Biosciences Institute

Research Assistant, 2008-’09

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

– Performed life cycle analysis comparing U.S. corn and Brazilian cane ethanol

– Edited proceedings, assisted in organizing two conferences

Vancouver Fruit Tree Project

Director of Operations, 2007-2009

Registered charity, Vancouver, Canada

– Coordinated efforts to reorganize this program after two-year hiatus

– 11,000 lbs of fruit harvested from local trees and distributed to local charities

Graded School

High School English Teacher, 2002-’06

Independent school offering U.S., Brazilian, and International Baccalaureate diplomas, São Paulo, Brazil

– Students honed communications, critical thinking, and analysis skills

– Coordinated several programs, including 20-day trip in Amazon Rainforest to host conference for local teachers there

Glacier Wilderness Guides

Guide, 1998-’02

Backcountry rafting and backpacking outfitters, Glacier National Park, MT

– Guided river and trail trips of 1-6 days

– Increased self-reliance and flexible problem solving

Chez Folet, St Alban’s Boathouse

Manager, 1997-’98

Fine dining restaurants, Wayzata and Minnetonka, MN

– Supervised staff of over 30 fine-dining restaurant employees

– Created wine lists, maintained inventories


Written by Jason

November 8th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

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