Fernando Resende holds the Weyerhauser Endowed Professorship in Paper Science and Engineering. He studies how to turn plant biomass into renewable biofuels using high temperature processes. One of his research projects focuses on lodgepole pines that have been killed by the mountain pine beetles, which are currently sweeping through the American West. He is part of the Bioresource Science and Engineering program, which recently became the lead on a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop biofuels.