Luis Tupas

Dr. Louie Tupas is the Deputy Director for Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment and the Director for the Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Louie provides leadership for addressing global change and climate issues, bioenergy and bioproducts research and development, and environmental and natural resource systems management through research, education, and extension programs. Louie started his professional career as an oceanographer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1991. He began his federal career in 2002 as a Program Director in Arctic Sciences at the US National Science Foundation. In 2004, he joined the USDA Cooperative State, Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) as the first National Program Leader for Global and Climate Change. With the creation of the NIFA from the 2008 Farm Bill, Dr. Tupas was selected as the first Division Director for Global and Climate Change. In 2012, he became concurrently the Acting Division Director for Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Development. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2014 in his current position. Dr. Tupas received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Tokyo.