Living Carbon’s mission is to responsibly rebalance the planet’s carbon cycle using the power of plants.

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Our Mission

We believe the challenge of climate instability is the biggest opportunity for global mobilization we have ever seen. It is an opportunity to learn how to use technology to rebalance our ecosystems rather than further alienate us from them. We work with the inherent power of plants, informed by generations of scientific research, to restore ecosystems, improve biodiversity, and enhance the ability of photosynthetic organisms to draw down and store carbon from the atmosphere.

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Our Values

Make the Launch Window

We are motivated by the urgency of the climate crisis. We move with precision, thoughtfulness, and a sense of responsibility for the limited resource of time. Now is the launch window for large-scale carbon removal solutions. We are already seeing the effects of our climate crisis - water scarcity, catastrophic fires, once-in-a-century storms every year. We operate every day from a purpose-driven mindset which is necessary to reverse the current warming trajectory.

Coevolve

As we learn from nature, ecology is a driving force of change on Earth. We are as strong as our team. We celebrate the success of others as our own - because it is. Our approach to technology is the same. We are working on ways in which our technology and ecological systems can work together to support a balance of give and take.

Communicate Like a Forest

Despite a plethora of unique species, forests communicate as one macrocosm - sharing nutrients and feedback from the environment through a network of subterranean fungi called mycorrhizae. Likewise, to move as one towards our mission, we communicate with openness, trust, and the celebration of feedback as an opportunity to adapt. We actively create open pathways of communication within our ecosystem, bringing together land stewards, businesses, scientists, and investors so that we can create value for all involved. We look for a shared motivation and diverse backgrounds in our stakeholders and community.

Steward the Ecosystem

We share the view that we as humans are not separate, but intimately woven into the systems that sustain life. As such, we have a responsibility to steward these ecosystems and create a balanced, life-sustaining climate for future generations. We take an ecosystem-wide approach to everything we do, whether that is supporting our own organizational system or understanding how to tailor our carbon projects to best restore local ecosystems.

Our Team

We're a team of biologists, ecologists, foresters, botanists and researchers who are dedicated to improving the additionality, profitability, scalability and efficiency of carbon removal projects using frontier plant science.

Reason for joining the team:

To work for a company and team that's goal is to make the world a better place.

Sara Bierschbach
Finance and Accounting Manager
Reason for joining the team:

I am a firm devotee of climate change planning and action. I joined Living Carbon because I believe in the company's potential for doing good, and out of a sense of responsibility for helping those who will be most affected by climate change.

Bjorn Brooks
Forest Carbon Data Scientist
Reason for joining the team:

Living Carbon is a unique opportunity to combine my deep interest in the use of advanced genetics in plants as a means to contribute to solving our climate crisis.

Jake Cacciapaglia
Head of Commercialization
Reason for joining the team:

To work on the traits and the technologies that I believe will benefit people in the long term.

Li-Wei Chiu
Lead Research Scientist
Reason for joining the team:

To play an active role in developing technologies that can stabilize the planet’s climate.

Athena Creer
Senior Research Associate
Reason for joining the team:

To contribute to the solution to the historic challenge of climate change.

Alex Crites
Research Associate
Reason for joining the team:

So I could contribute in a meaningful way to combating climate change.

Rebecca Dewhirst
Research Scientist
Reason for joining the team:

To be a part of a purpose driven team that values the urgency and technology needed to sustain human and environmental coexistence within our current climate situation.

Natalie Dick
Research Associate
Reason for joining the team:

To apply my plant biotechnology skills to enable plants to sequester carbon from the atmosphere.

Ken Donsky
Research Associate
Reason for joining the team:

Because we are contributing to innovative and ambitious climate change solutions now.

Jessica Du
Senior Research Associate
Reason for joining the team:

To plant a world full of trees!

Maxx Echt
Operations Lead
Reason for joining the team:

I want to be part of a company that is helping solve the climate crisis so my son and future generations can live and thrive on Earth.

Jennifer Everett
Director of Lab Operations
Reason for joining the team:

I believe in Living Carbon's ability to enhance CO₂ capture. I love our planet and the people that reside in it!

Sydney Garland
Supply Chain Lead
Reason for joining the team:

Because climate change poses the biggest existential risk to our society.

Maddie Hall
CEO, Co-founder
Reason for joining the team:

I believe that Living Carbon has a tremendous opportunity to have a substantial impact on not only our climate but also the forest industry.

Bryant Hayman
Carbon Project Forester
Reason for joining the team:

I can contribute and enable data collection so we can help solve this problem we all helped create.

Matthew Heckert
Lead Research Scientist
Reason for joining the team:

The chance to make a positive impact on the climate with products that are profitable for American growers.

Jacob Hoyle
Lead Research Scientist
Reason for joining the team:

I do believe that Living Carbon has potential to develop and implement the modern technologies to save our planet for new generations.

Marina Kalyaeva
Research Scientist
Reason for joining the team:

I want to contribute to the greater cause of eradicating carbon in the atmosphere and to work closely with plants.

Ravneet Kaur
Research Associate
Reason for joining the team:

To join a team that applies scientific knowledge to combat climate change.

Eric Kim
Laboratory Technician
Reason for joining the team:

I joined Living Carbon to do my part in leaving this world a better place for my children and all future generations to come.

Julie Kuiper
Research Associate - Controlled Environments
Reason for joining the team:

Exciting opportunity to use science to solve one of the grand challenges humans are facing-the climate crisis.

Yongxian Lu
Research Scientist
Reason for joining the team:

Joining with the other members of the Living Carbon team in advancing this vision and bringing it into reality has been a perpetually renewing stream of living intention and reason for action, and my full commitment to this process is its own reward.

Patrick Mellor
Co-founder
Reason for joining the team:

I was drawn to Living Carbon's clarity of vision and thoughtful approach to enhancing nature as our most powerful ally in the climate crisis.

Laurel Mills
Chief of Staff
Reason for joining the team:

To be on the forefront of the scientific inquisition towards climate-creative solutions.

Gary Orr
Research Scientist
Reason for joining the team:

Living Carbon was the company with the mission I had been dreaming of; and I get to do cool science!

Karli Rasmussen
Research Associate
Reason for joining the team:

To join a collaborative team in ensuring a sustainable future.

Christian Richey
Greenhouse Manager
Reason for joining the team:

Martin Srna
Carbon Project Business Development Lead
Reason for joining the team:

To be a part of a new wave of botanical breakthroughs functioning to save the Earth.

Chellyne Stotts
Plant Care Associate
Reason for joining the team:

Excited for the opportunity of using biotechnology to make a positive impact on climate change.

Yumin Tao
Chief Science Officer
Reason for joining the team:

I am proud to be part of a company whose goal is to make a meaningful impact to improve the world’s climate change crisis.

Michelle Tjahjadi
Associate Research Scientist
Reason for joining the team:

The opportunity to do rad science while simultaneously fighting an existential threat to humanity as a whole? Let's go.

Dominick Tucker
Research Associate - Controlled Environments
Reason for joining the team:

To work toward harnessing plant biotechnology in a unique and valuable solution in the face of climate change.

Jacqueline Tuey
Research Associate - Molecular Biology
Reason for joining the team:

Lina West
Research Associate - Controlled Environments
Reason for joining the team:

I don't think that there is any feeling quite like the feeling you get in middle of the untouched natural landscapes this country and this world still have to offer and I am passionate about preserving that feeling for future generations.

Jake Weyerhaeuser
Head of Finance and Land Strategy

Work with Us

Living Carbon is a public benefit corporation with a mission to rebalance the metabolic system of our planet. We meet this urgency by combining advanced biotechnology with the inherent power of plants to sequester and store carbon.
If you believe that climate change is the defining global emergency of the century and want to join an ambitious project that’s working on a biological solution, we encourage you to apply.

We have no open positions posted at this time, however, we're always looking for great people.

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OUR PARTNERS

We are proud to be supported by a number of remarkable institutions and venture capital investors.

ARPA-E
Oregon State University
UC Riverside | Plant Transformation Research Center
Frontier
Felicis
Lowercarbon Capital
Goat Capital
Floodgate
Y Combinator
Prelude Ventures