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John Talbott Oral History Interview. June 29, 2015

John Talbott Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

June 29, 2015

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

John Talbott (b. 1955) has been the director of the Sun Grant Western Regional Center at OSU since arriving on campus in 2011. Under his leadership, Sun Grant has facilitated important scientific research on biofuels, life cycle analysis, and bioproduct conversion processes, all projects that seek to improve environmental sustainability while also contributing to a more diversified agricultural and industrial economy. Since 2013, Talbott has also served as Assistant Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, managing the grant processes, work plans, and research emphases for Experiment Station faculty across the state. His interview provides an overview of his career in carbon sequestration and environmental sustainability, and details the mission and activities of Sun Grant at OSU from its inception up to present day.