EBI Personnel Directory Endres, Jody
Ms. Endres is an assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Champagne and a senior regulatory associate in the Law and Regulation Program at the Energy Biosciences Institute in Illinois. A cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois School of Law, she developed her interest in agriculture and biofuels as a result of her years growing up in a small farming community in rural South Dakota. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Dakota.
After graduation, she spent three years in Germany, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Administrative Management from the University of Maryland and became fluent in German. Upon returning to the U.S., she was selected as a Graduate Scholar for the N.Y. State Assembly’s Committee on Environmental Conservation.
Upon graduation from law school in 2000, Ms. Endres worked in a large Washington, D.C. litigation firm and clerked in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria. She subsequently accepted a three-year clerkship in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. She is a published author in the nation’s top environmental law journals.
This project applies systems thinking in its quest for new policy approaches to more timely and effective commercialization of biofuels and bioenergy. Law as a discipline has been slow to conceive conceptual frameworks for policymaking that incorporate the complex interaction between social, environmental, political and economic institutions. The project thus pursues such development within the institution of Law from both ex-post and ex-ante perspectives. Simultaneously, it focuses on the myriad individual components of systems-level challenges and solutions both in the U.S. and abroad, such as policies that address the food-fuel resource scarcity debate, and biofuels sustainability standard development and incorporation of sustainability principles into the supply chain (started in 2012).
Brazil is the world's largest producer and exporter of sugar, putting the country at the frontier of global biofuel production. The project aims to: (i) develop spatial management plans that maximize economic efficiencies in sugarcane production and processing while meeting the Forest Code, ZAE-Cana, and voluntary certification standards; and, (ii) compare and contrast different management plans to elucidate the tradeoffs between sugarcane production, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem services production at the landscape level.