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Dr. Jonathan Scherch

Jonathan M. Scherch, Ph.D., MSW
Founder & Executive Director (2004 – Present) |

Jonathan leads PBR collaborations building on 25+ years of international bamboo and related social, economic, ecological,…

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Smitha Rao

Smitha Rao, MA, MSc
Research Liaison (2015 – Present)

Smitha brings a multidisciplinary background of urban and rural community development as well as social science research and has spent more…

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Lance Rasmussen

Lance Rasmussen, MBA
Technology (2017 – Present)

Lance has spent his career working in a niche field where software and technology meet the world of sports and currently serves as…

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Sarah Hamann

Sara Hamann
Social Media (2017 – Present)

Sara brings an interdisciplinary background in environmental science, conservation governance, research and education. She has 5 years of experience working in non-for-profit organizations…

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Shamini Thiagarajan

Shamini Thiagarajan
Grant Management (2017 – Present)

Shamini has a unique background in biotechnology and entrepreneurship. She has acquired 5 years of experience working as a business manager for…

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Jasmin Munoz

Jasmin Munoz
Grant Management (2017 – Present)

Jasmin Munoz graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2017.

While interning at a non-for-profit…

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Elizabeth Kruger

Elizabeth Kruger
Research | Writer (2017 – Present)

Elizabeth Kruger is passionate about all things bamboo, and its infinite potential to meet human
needs and address ecological issues through its…

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Lubdha Kamat

Lubdha Kamat
Design & Animation (2017 – Present)

Lubdha is a versatile designer, animator and illustrator with 5 years of experience working for a broad range of clients ranging…

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Fred Yikii

Fred Yikii
Forestry Education / Field Research (2017 – Present)

Fred Yikii is an Assistant Lecturer (since 2011) in the Department of Environmental Management – School of Forestry,…

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Internships 2016-2017

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Internship Information

Since 2004, Pacific Bamboo Resources (PBR) has served communities, governments and industries — regionally and internationally — to research and pursue practical applications for bamboo resources. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, our mission and activities align with efforts to address issues of global climate change, sustainable economic development, and community resilience.

Why bamboo?

  • bamboo is an excellent multi-functional, carbon sequestering stock;
  • bamboo can be responsibly managed and a valuable “non-nuisance” habitat element;
  • bamboo inspires innovation via application of its adaptable, durable qualities;
  • bamboo is an international friend crossing continents, cultures and communities;
  • bamboo offers new means of addressing critical social, economic and ecological concerns.

Innovation is PBR!

In 2009, the Buckminster Fuller Institute announced that PBR was among thirty-three outstanding international finalists for the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge — an award for distinctive and timely design proposals for social, economic and environmental change and sustainability. Finalists are providing workable solutions to some of the world’s most significant challenges including water scarcity, food supply, and energy consumption.

See the BFI Idea Index for more information.

Building on this foundation, PBR research projects and programs explore:

  • agroforestry and international / domestic cultivation best-practices;
  • organic, pesticide-free methods
  • no-hassle planting / growing / harvesting regimes
  • ecological restoration and habitat protection
  • manufacturing and related technology innovations;
  • clean process best-practices
  • CNC and 3D printing applications
  • carbon fiber materials and uses
  • low / high-tech production processes
  • new industry partnerships and applications
  • maritime
  • aerospace
  • transportation
  • utilities and municipal infrastructure
  • residential / commercial building and construction
  • disaster response and security

Contact us to explore collaboration.