Tommie Lovato

Tommie Lovato
Mentor: Dr. Ann C. Wilkie
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"I began research in conjunction with an internship in biofuels last summer. I have always believed that America needs to embrace alternate energy sources, and through the internship I began my research into the possibility of algae as a biofuel."

Major

Biology

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Biofuels
  • Algae
  • Bioremediation

Academic Awards

  • Bright Futures

Organizations

  • Best Buddies International

Volunteer

  • Helping Hands Pet Rescue
  • Best Buddies International

Hobbies and Interests

  • Playing guitar
  • Fostering animals
  • Baseball

Research Description

Algal Bioremediation and Biofuel Viability
I will look into the possibility of using filamentous algae as a natural remediator of harmful landfill leachate, and the practicality of using some genera of filamentous algae as a feedstock for biofuel production. While micro algae has been well studied, filamentous algae is a novel approach to a sustainable alternative and could offer significant advances to biofuels.