Dr. Sally Benson, Professor, Stanford University

Sally M. Benson is the Director of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University. The Global Climate and Energy Project develops innovative low carbon energy supplies to meet global energy needs. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in Geology and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California in the Material Science and Mineral Engineering Department. Prior to joining Stanford, Benson worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), serving in a number of capacities, including Division Director for Earth Sciences, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences, and Deputy Director for Operations. Also a Professor (Research) in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Benson works on carbon dioxide capture and sequestration in deep underground geological formations. A ground water hydrologist and reservoir engineer, Benson has conducted research to address a range of issues related to energy and the environment. For the past ten years she has studied how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from power plants and pumping it into deep underground formations for permanent sequestration. Benson was a coordinating lead author on the 2005 IPCC Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Renewal Energy Laboratory and Climate Central.