I am involved in understanding the role that renewable natural resources can play in offsetting the use of non-renewable resources for meeting sustainability goals in energy and material feedstocks, via thermochemical processing of biomass and wastes.  I teach courses in the broad context of energy, sustainability, and environmental science and technology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Anchorage- in person as well as through distance delivery platforms. I have served as a member of the National Academy of Science committee on the environmental and economic impacts of meeting the RFS2 mandate, and have worked as a consultant for the International Finance Corporation (The World Bank).  Prior to academia, I was involved in large-scale geothermal energy (27 MW), hydropower (39MW) and oil and gas development in Latin America (Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Costa Rica).  



    2005. Ph.D. (Natural Resources) University of Idaho.

    1998. M.S. (Environmental Studies) Baylor University.

    1995. B.S. (Natural Resources and Environmental Management) Ball State University.

    1993. A.S. (Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management) Vincennes University.



    2010-2012. Associate Professor (joint appointment), University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Science and 

                            University of Alaska Anchorage, School of Engineering 

    2010-2012. Assistant Professor (joint appointment), University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Science and 

                            University of Alaska Anchorage, School of Engineering 

    2007-2010. Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Dept of Forest Science, Palmer, AK

    2006-2007. Post-doctoral Research Fellow. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Dept of Forest Science, Palmer, AK

    2006. Post-Doctoral Scientist, Mississippi State University, Department of Forest Products, Starkville, MS  

    2006. Consultant, International Finance Corporation, The World Bank Group, Washington, D.C.

    2002-2005. Researcher and Instructor. University of Idaho, Department of Forest Products, Moscow, ID.

    1999-2002. Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety. GdG-Oxbow Power Services Inc, Geothermal Plant Miravalles 3, Costa Rica.

    1998-1999. Project Scientist. ENSR International-Latin America, Houston TX.

    1996-1998. Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant. Glasscock Energy Research Center, Baylor University.

    1996. Project Scientist. Fugro-Petrokem del Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador.



Dickerson, T.B. and Soria J.A. (2013). Catalytic fast pyrolysis: a review. Accepted, in-press, Energies Journal, ISSN 1996-1073.

M.G. King, C. Catranis, Soria, J.A. and M.B. Leigh, (2012). Phytochemical and Toxicological Analysis of Albizia facataria wood sawdust. Accepted, in-press, International Wood Products Journal, ISBN 2042-6445

Kamler, J and Soria, J.A. (2012). Supercritical water gasification of municipal sludge: A novel approach to waste treatment and energy recovery. In Gasification, ISBN 980-953-307-245-1.

Soria, J.A., and McDonald, A.G. (2012) Liquefaction of softwoods and hardwoods in supercritical methanol: a novel approach to bio-oil production. In Biomass Conversion. C. Baskar, S. Baskar, R. Dhillon Editors. Springer-Verlag GmbH, Germany. pp 421-433.

(2011) Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy. Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences. The National Research Council of the National Academies. ISBN-13: 978-0-309-18748-0. 650p.

Freitas, S and Soria, J.A. (2011) Development of a Gasification System for Utilizing Fish Processing Waste and Coastal Small Diameter Wood in Rural Areas. Energy and Fuels Journal, 25 (5), 2292-2300.

Soria, J.A. (2010). Unlocking hydrocarbons from biomass. Agroborealis, v.41(1), 39-40.

Soria, J.A. and Freitas, S. (2010) Gasification of salmon wastes and small diameter alder. Prep. Pap.-Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Fuel Chem. 55 (2), 949-950

Freitas, S., Soria, J.A., and Bower, C. (2010). Gasification of low-value biomass in Alaska.  Agroborealis v.41(1), 34-38.

Soria, J.A., McDonald, A.G, and Shook, S.R. (2008) Wood solubilization and depolymerization using supercritical methanol. Part 1: Process optimization and analysis of methanol insoluble components (bio-char). Holzforschung, Vol. 62 (4), pp. 402–408.

Soria, J.A., McDonald, A.G., and He, B.B. (2008) Wood solubilization and depolymerization by supercritical methanol. Part 2: Analysis of methanol soluble compounds. Holzforschung, Vol. 62 (4), pp. 409–416.

Soria, J.A. (2008) Biomass for bio fuels: not all trees are created equal.  Agroborealis, Vol 39 (2), pp. 7-9.

Mitchell, B.K., L.L. Ingram, Jr., J. A. Soria, P.H. Steele, and D.A. Strobel. (2008)  Chemical and physical characteristics of bio-oils from pine and oak feedstocks.   In Woody Biomass Utilization: Challenges and Opportunities. Forest Products Society, Madison, WI. 103 p

Soria J.A., McDonald A.G., Shook, S.R., and He, B. (2005) Supercritical methanol for conversion of ponderosa pine into chemicals and fuels.  In the proceedings of the 13th Intl Symp. on Wood, Fibre and Pulping Chemistry, Auckland, New Zealand, May 16-19, Vol 3, pp. 369-374.

In prep/review

Soria, J.A. Harris, N. and Brackley, A. Standing Fire Killed Tree Characterization: species, chemistry, moisture and fire severity relationships. Submitted Dec 3, 2012 to the International Wood Products Journal, ISBN 2042-6445.

Castillo, S., Soria J.A., Ping C.L. and Michaelson G. Biochar Application to Subarctic Soils: Effect of biochar on microbial activity after freeze-thaw cycles and plant response at different application rates. For submittal to Soil Biology and Biochemistry, ISSN: 0038-0717.


2011- present. UAF SNRAS Academic Restructuring Committee      

2011-present, State of Alaska, Alaska Forward Initiative, Clean Energy Cluster Group member       

2009-2011,  National Research Council -National Academy of Science study on the economic and environmental impacts of increasing biofuels production, committee member          

2010-2011, UAF, School of Natural Resources and Ag Science Alternate Faculty Senate         

2008-2009, UAA Matsu College, Energy Certificate Steering Committee member         

2007-2009, Alaska Biomass Energy Working Group Steering Committee member         


American Academy for the Advancement of Science               

FPS, Forest Products Society, Professional member               

ACS, American Chemical Society, Professional member               

ABO, Algal Biomass Organization, Professional member         

NHEC, National Hispanic Environmental Council, Professional/individual member  


2011 Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, Baleen Mentorship Award 

2003-2005. Foster Fellowship recipient, University of Idaho.

2002-2005. Stillinger Endowment recipient, University of Idaho.

2005.  Outstanding Graduate Student.  Department of Forest Products, University of Idaho

2005.  Graduate Student Association Research Excellence Award, University of Idaho.

1997-1998. Glasscock Energy Research Center, Research Scholarship, Baylor University.

1995.  Golden Key National Honor Society, Ball State University.

1995.  Undergraduate Research Grant Recipient, Ball State University.

1992,1993. International Student Merit Award, Vincennes University.

Grants as PI, Co-PI and Collaborating investigator totaling $2,8 million