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Research Team


Principal Investigator

Dr. Ann C. Wilkie

E-mail: acwilkie@ufl.edu


Graduate Student

Ryan Graunke

E-mail: reg1214@ufl.edu


Ryan Graunke is a graduate student at the University of Florida. He is in the Interdisciplinary Ecology program in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science. A passion for sustainability brought him to study the anaerobic digestion of food waste. He conducted an undergraduate thesis studying food waste and an on-campus dining hall and its potential for biogas production. His paper won the Student Research for Campus Sustainability Reward in 2008 from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree of science and is studying pretreatment methods for the anaerobic digestion of food waste.

Converting Food Waste to Biogas: Sustainable Gator Dining