Catheryn Staveley

Salk Institute

Senior Director Harnessing Plants Initiative

Catheryn Staveley is a Senior Director in the Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI) at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She oversees the scaling of the administrative functions of HPI as it focuses on science delivery, growth and development of this unique solution for sequestering carbon into a large-scale commercial entity with multiple plants, multiple partners and multiple geographies. HPI has developed an innovative approach that builds on Earth’s existing carbon storage mechanisms to help solve climate change through a new generation of row and cover crops, wetland and other plants that keep more carbon in the ground through deeper, more massive and longer-lasting roots. Prior to joining HPI, Catheryn was in the energy services industry, where she began her career in highly technical roles in field operations, labs, and design with both hardware and software, later progressing into roles of increasing responsibility and scope in business development, strategy, consulting, marketing, and communications. Catheryn holds a Bachelor of Applied and Environmental Geology from the University of Calgary and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Sessions With Catheryn Staveley

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 03:00pm - 03:30pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 09:00 pm - 08/mar/2022 09:30 pm

    Natural Carbon Sinks: Plants, Oceans, Soil

    Agribusiness & Biofuels Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    New breakthroughs in understanding and harnessing the carbon sink potential in agricultural products, plant biology and in the protection and cultivation of ocean resources could be the “next frontier” opportunity for addressing climate change. This session will compare and contrast the potential impact of emerging developments in these areas. What innovative approaches could rebalance the carbon footprint of the Agriculture industry and what has to happen at the farm level to make this happen? What are the latest scientific developments to harness the carbon absorbing qualities of plants ? What is the potential for this science to impact climate change? What are the key areas of research which offer carbon-reducing potential from oceans? What are the potential commercial openings which could develop from breakthroughs in these areas?