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

My work aims to quantify the environmental and economic costs, benefits, and trade-offs associated with the use of alternative fuels for aviation, for which purpose I use the methods of lifecycle assessment, stochastic techno-economic modeling, and system dynamics. Generally, my area of research interest is energy technology assessment, with a view to informing policy.

In addition to my academic research, I serve as a technical expert to the International Civil Aviation Organization Committee for Aviation Environmental Protection (ICAO-CAEP) Alternative Fuels Task Force. The objective of this group is to determine how to properly account for alternative aviation fuels under a policy to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the international aviation sector.

Peer reviewed publications

Staples, MD, R Malina, SRH Barrett, 2017. The limits of bioenergy for mitigating global life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Nature Energy, 2, DOI: 10.1038/nenergy.2016.202

Yao, G, MD Staples, R Malina and WE Tyner, 2017. Stochastic techno-economic analysis of alcohol-to-jet fuel production. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 10(18)DOI: 10.1186/s13068-017-0702-7

Bann, SJ, R Malina, MD Staples, P Suresh, M Pearlson, WE Tyner, JI Hileman and SRH Barrett, 2017. The costs of production of alternative jet fuel: A harmonized stochastic assessment. Bioresource Technology, 227, p. 179-187, DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.12.032

Winchester, N, R Malina, MD Staples and SRH Barrett, 2015. The impact of advanced biofuels on aviation emissions and operations in the US. Energy Economics, 49, p. 482-491, DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2015.03.024

Trivedi, P, H Olcay, MD Staples, MR Withers, R Malina and SRH Barrett, 2015. Energy return on investment for alternative jet fuels. Applied Energy, 141(1), p. 167-174, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.12.016.

Staples, MD, R Malina, H Olcay, MN Pearlson, JI Hileman, AM Boies and SRH Barrett, 2014. Life cycle greenhouse gas footprint and minimum selling price of renewable diesel and jet fuel from fermentation and advanced fermentation technologies. Energy and Environmental Science, 7, p. 1545-1554, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE43655A.

Caiazzo, F, R Malina, MD Staples, PJ Wolfe, SHL Yim and SRH Barrett, 2014. Quantifying the climate impacts of albedo changes due to biofuel production: a comparison with biogeochemical effects. Environmental Research Letters, 9(2), p. 1748-1758, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/2/024015.

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