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Environmental Studies

Program Notables

Spring 2017

  • Professor of Economics Emily Northrop’s article “A Stable Climate or Economic Growth?” was accepted for publication in the Review of Social Economy.  This research compares the rate of improvement in global CO2/GDP needed to meet the Paris Agreement commitments to the rate of progress we’ve achieved over the last 30 years.

  • Rebecca Edwards attended the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Jan. 22–26 in Seattle, Wash. At the meeting, physics student Oliver Sale, Class of 2017, presented a poster titled “Investigation of Central Texas Surface Ozone Concentrations 1980–2015,” which resulted from work he did with Edwards and Dr. Gary Morris of St. Edward’s University as part of the SCOPE program (Summer 2016) and as part of his capstone research with Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton.


Fall 2016

  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long participated in a panel titled “Where are the Lines? Coexistence of Environmental Causes in a Conservative Texas” on July 14, 2016. The panel was sponsored by Earth Day ATX. Long was also featured in a Q&A interview with journalist Cody McCrary in the August edition of Community Impact (Georgetown).

Spring 2016

  • Professor of Biology Romi Burks attended the Society for Freshwater Science meeting in Sacramento, Calif. from May 21–25 where she gave an invited talk entitled “Worldly Science: Developing Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Activities to Train Diverse Global Scientists: An NSF-IRES Case Study.” The talk featured her international research program involving Southwestern students and host scientists from Uruguay. It took place in a special session focused on broadening participation of undergraduates in freshwater science.

  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Josh Long published “Hipster Hate and the Sabotage of Real Social Commentary” on


  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long served as an invited panelist at Earth Day Texas in Dallas titled “Georgetown Goes Green.” Long took nine students to this event where they presented their capstone research on sustainability at Southwestern University.


  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long had a chapter published in a newly released book by Springer titled Learner-Centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. The chapter was titled “Helping Students Envision Justice in the Sustainable City.”

Spring 2015

  • Instructor of Environmental Studies M. Anwar Sounny-Slitine presented at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in San Francisco about current research on remote sensing and GIS database development in defining Alluvial Megafan, or large fan-shaped bodies of sediment that form from lateral migrations of a river as it exits a topographic front. He has also co-authored an article published in the Journal of Geography titled “The Use of Web-Based Video for Instruction of GIS and Other Digital Geographic Methods,” in which he highlights the benefits and limitations of Web-based video in GIS labs, and how these teaching tools can be used to “flip” classrooms.

  • Joshua Long, assistant professor of environmental studies, authored an article titled “Constructing the narrative of the sustainability fix: Sustainability, social justice and representation in Austin, TX,” that appeared in the journal Urban Studies. He was also was interviewed Computerworld for a story about the changing landscape of Information Technology employment in Austin and the Southwest, and by the European News magazine Der Spiegel for an article that explores Austin’s commitment to green energy and electric cars.

  • M. Anwar Sounny-Slitine, instructor of environmental studies and GIS lab manager, along with environmental studies students Brandee Knight and Caitlin Schneider, published a paper in “The Southwestern Geographer” titled “On Making and Becoming a Graduate,” a reflection piece about approaches in learning and teaching for better undergraduate education.

  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Josh Long has been interviewed for or mentioned in three recent publications: The New York TimesInc. Magazine, and Exame (a large Brazilian magazine).

  • Instructor of Environmental Studies M. Anwar Sounny-Slitine, along with students Brandee Knight and Dakota McDurham, presented the results of their faculty-student research project titled “The Effects of Virtual Environments on Spatial Awareness in Adolescents” at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Chicago. 

Spring 2014

  • Senior Sarah Puffer presented a paper titled “A Rosy Thorn: The Import and Export of Meaning in the Ecuadorian Floriculture” at the Latin American Studies Symposium held April 11-13 in Birmingham, Ala.

  • Josh Long, assistant professor of environmental studies, presented a paper at the Association of American Geographers conference that was held in Tampa, Fla., April 8-12. His paper was titled “Smart Growth and the Neoliberal Sustainability Narrative: The Case of Austin.”

  • Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, participated in a HuffPost Live discussion on zoo animal ethics Feb. 17. Watch the webcast here.

  • Rebecca Edwards, part-time assistant professor of physics, presented a poster titled “Modification of local roughness length by advancing storm surge in landfalling tropical cyclones” at the 2014 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 2-6. The poster resulted from work done with students Ross Warkentin and Steven Resnik as part of the SCOPE undergraduate research program during the summer of 2013.

  • Hobgood-Oster and Josh Long, assistant professor of environmental studies, are part of a team that received $10,000 to develop a digital library of materials related to food and the environment. Their collaborators on the project include faculty members from Centre, Furman, Sewanee, Washington and Lee University, and Trinity.

Fall 2013

  • Anwar Sounny-Slitine, instructor of environmental studies and GIS lab manager, co-authored an article titled “A new longitudinal approach to assess hydrologic connectivity: Embanked floodplain inundation along the lower Mississippi River” that was published in a recent issue of the journal Hydrological Processes. The article looked at hydrologic connectivity in the lower Mississippi floodplain. Read more here

  • Max Taub, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, authored the chapter “Effects of carbon dioxide enrichment on plants” in the book Climate Variability, edited by Roger A. Pielke.

  • Josh Long, M. Anwar Sounny-Slitine, and the 2012 Capstone students authored the article titled “Toward an applied methodology for price comparison studies of farmers’ markets and competing retailers at the local scale”  published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. The article was based on research conducted by students in the 2012 Senior Environmental Studies Capstone course.

  • Romi Burks, Professor of Biology and Co-Chair of Environmental Studies and Animal Behavior, is serving as a senior mentor at the Women Evolving the Biological Sciences Symposium being held in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Oct. 16-19.

  • Josh Long, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, co-authored the article Toward Sustainable Educational Travel” that appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. He also co-authored the article “A Broad Spectrum: Sustainability in Educational Travel” that appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

  • Kira McEntire, ’13, Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Studies with a minor in Studio Art, is attending graduate school at the University of Georgia.

Spring 2013

  • Josh Long, assistant professor of environmental studies, presented a paper titled “Teaching Sustainable Food & Agriculture at the Undergraduate Level” at the 2013 Association of American Geographers Conference in Los Angeles April 12.

  • Senior Kira McEntire will have a ceramic piece titled “Diatom Vase” on display at the Art of the Republic of Science exhibition, which is being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Science at Schreiner University Feb. 28-March 2. McEntire is a biology and environmental studies major and is minoring in art.

Fall 2012

  • Senior biology and environmental studies major Kira McEntire gave several presentations over the summer. She gave an oral presentation at the EuryceAlliance meeting held May 25 at Texas State University, a poster presentation at the Ecological Society of America meeting Aug. 5-10 in Portland, Ore., and a poster presentation at the World Congress of Herpetology meeting Aug. 9-13 in Vancouver, Canada. Ben Pierce, professor of biology, presented the poster with her at the meeting in Vancouver.

Spring 2012