Paul Zorner, Ph.D Paul

Paul has served as a Finistere Venture Partner since the funds inception. He is also a Director or Senior Advisor for several private companies operating to increase agricultural diversity and productivity, improve the nutritional content of food – and through more productive agricultural systems to increase the economic stability of rural agricultural communities. He has done substantial work in human and animal health, synthetic biology and the production of high value chemistry from sustainable resources.
Paul received his undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College (Ecology and Secondary Education) and his Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Colorado State University where he worked on development of cropping systems for dry-land agriculture. He has held scientific, development, operations and senior administrative positions with start-up and Fortune 500 companies. He has extensive international experience and has been a founder of several agricultural and renewable energy based companies who have also had a specific focus on using these platforms to provide local food and economic security.
Paul has been an adjunct Professor of Horticulture and member of the Graduate Faculty at North Carolina State University for over 25 years, is a Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America and a member of the Environmental Entrepreneurs/NRDC ( where he works to help advise and advocate for clean technology/business policy development. He is an inventor on over 35 issued US patents. He was named in 2006 as a Queensland Champion by the Queensland, Australia Government (the first American citizen to be so honored). Paul has a career interest in K-12 education and community service initiatives. He serves on the Board of Directors and as President of The KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (Norman OK – a national program oriented on attracting students to science through robotics).