Dr. Mark D. Staples


  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, 2009
  • M.S., Technology and Policy Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013
  • Ph.D. in Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017

Fields: Alternative Fuels, Energy & Environmental Policy

Lab Role: Postdoctoral Associate

Email: mstaples@mit.edu

I come from Edmonton, Canada, and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Engineering Systems. My research is focused on the economic and environmental performance of alternative fuels for aviation. Going forward, my work will aim to compare alternative fuels to other technological, operational, and policy options for reducing the climate impact of aviation on the basis of cost-effectiveness.



“The impact of advanced biofuels on aviation emissions and operations in the U.S.,” Winchester, N., Malina, R., Staples, M.D., Barrett, S.R.H., Energy Economics 49, pp. 482-491, 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2015.03.024

“Energy return on investment for alternative jet fuels,” Trivedi, P., Olcay, H., Staples, M.D., Withers M.R., Malina, R., Barrett S.R.H., Applied Energy 141, 167-174, 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.12.016

“Lifecycle greenhouse gas footprint and minimum selling price of renewable diesel and jet fuel from advanced fermentation production technologies,” Staples, M.D., Malina, R., Olcay, H., Pearlson, M.N., Hileman, J.I., Boies, A., Barrett, S.R.H., Energy and Environmental Science 7, pp. 1545-1554, 2014. DOI: 10.1039/C3EE43655A

“Quantifying the climate impacts of albedo changes due to biofuel production: a comparison with biogeochemical effects,’’ Caiazzo, F., Malina, R., Staples, M., Wolfe, P., Yim, S., Barrett, S., Environmental Research Letters 9 (2), 2014. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/2/024015

“Water consumption footprint and land requirements of large-scale alternative diesel and jet fuel production,’’ Staples, M., Olcay, H., Malina, R., Trivedi, P., Pearlson, M., Strzepek, K., Paltsev, S., Wollersheim, C., Barrett, S., Environmental Science and Technology 47 (21), pp. 12557-12565, 2013. DOI: 10.1021/es4030782


Posters and Presentations

“Aviation’s environmental impact and mitigation strategies,” Staples, M.D., Presentation given at the MIT Ailine Industry Consortium – Executive Education Course. June 17-18, 2014, Cambridge, MA.

“The cost effectiveness of climate impact abatement options for aviation,” Staples, M.D., Presentation given at the International Transport Economics Association, June 4, 2014, Toulouse, France.

“LCA and MSP of advanced fermentation middle distillate fuel production technologies,” Presentation given at the PARTNER Advisory Board Meeting, March 12, 2014, Alexandria, VA.

“A comparison of lifecycle greenhouse gas accounting for alternative fuels in the US and EU,’’ Malina, R., Staples, M., Wang, M., Elgowain, A., Han, J., Presentation given at the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative General Meeting, January 28, 2014, Washington, DC.

“Lifecycle GHG and MSP of middle distillate fuel from advanced fermentation production technologies,’’ Staples, M., Presentation given at the MIT LAE/ICAT Symposium, November 14, 2013, Cambridge, MA.

“Water and land resource requirements of large-scale middle distillate biofuel production in the US,’’ Staples, M., Presentation given at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Aerospace Alternative Fuels and Associated Environmental Impacts Symposium, June 13-14, 2013, Brussels, Belgium.

“Lifecycle analysis, water use and land use,’’ Staples, M., Guest lecture given in MIT course 16-715 (Prof. Steven Barrett), May 1, 2013, Cambridge, MA.

“Environmental and economic viability of alternative jet fuel production via advanced fermentation pathways,’’ Staples, M., Poster presented at: UC Davis Aviation Environment Symposium, 2013 March 3-6; Costa Mesa, CA.

“Environmental and economic viability of alternative jet fuel production via advanced fermentation pathways,’’ Staples, M., Poster presented at: PARTNER 10-year Review Symposium; 2013 March 1; Costa Mesa, CA.

“Environmental and economic viability of bio-chemical sugar-to-jet fuel production pathways,’’ Staples, M., Poster presented at: Biomass 2012. 5th annual conference of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Program; 2012 Jul 10-11; Washington, DC.