I joined Furman University as Professor of Sustainability Science in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in August 2017. Prior to that I spent three years at Warren Wilson College as Director of Electronic Portfolios, Director of First Year Seminar, and faculty member in the Department of Environmental Studies. From 1999-2014 I worked at Michigan State University where I served as Associate Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Sociology. I also served as the Director of the undergraduate Sustainability Specialization which utilized electronic portfolios to enable students to provide evidence of a range of sustainability competencies (Ecological Integrity, Social Justice, Economic Vitality, Civic Engagement, Personal Awareness, Critical Thinking, Systems Thinking and Aesthetic Understanding. I held an appointment as a campus specialist with Michigan State University Extension in the Greening Michigan Institute in the areas of Sustaining Community Prosperity and in Natural Resources. I worked on developing online resources to foster Sustainable Decisionmaking in Michigan.​

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Environmental Science

Study of human transformation of Earth as a trade-off for growth of the human enterprise. Topics include changes in population, land cover (agriculture, deforestation, urbanization), climate, nitrogen and phosphorous cycles, biodiversity; limits of water, soil, energy and mineral resources; and links between population and consumption patterns.


Sustainability Science

Introduction to the concepts of sustainability science and the complex problems associated with sustainability. In particular students will examine the challenge of supporting nine billion people without destroying the planetary resource base, social cohesion, and integrity of the individual. Labs will cover introduction to methods in sustainability.


Sustainablty & Social Justice

Focus on the social justice aspects of sustainability; disproportionate impacts of sustainability actions on different social groups; environmental justice in terms of fair treatment and meaningful involvement of both positive and negative environmental actions.


Resilience & Adaptation

How social change shapes the environment and how environmental change shapes society. Adaptation" and "vulnerability" concepts compared and contrasted through social-ecological resilience and political ecology approaches. Case studies from the developed and developing world will illustrate the utility of these concepts for pressing environmental issues such as global climate change."


Sustainablty & Social Justice

Focus on the social justice aspects of sustainability; disproportionate impacts of sustainability actions on different social groups; environmental justice in terms of fair treatment and meaningful involvement of both positive and negative environmental actions.


Sustainability Sci Practicum

Capstone experience in the major emphasizing solution-based research. Students will have the opportunity to conduct rigorous, applied research and further develop critical analysis skills. Research analysis will be conducted at the local level in partnership with local organizations (nonprofit, public, or private), addressing a pre-determined research question. Exploring topics that allow students to grapple with how to reduce environmental impact and increase social welfare, designed to encourage engaged scholarship" to prepare students for interdisciplinary team-based research in their careers. "


Summer Undergraduate Research

  • ​​ Habron, G. Geoffrey Habron Commentary on Preserving opportunity: A précis of Living well now and in the future: Why sustainability matters (ID: 1374014 DOI:10.1080/21550085.2017.1374014) Ethics, Policy & Environment. In Press.
  • Streamer Veneruso, S., Black, E., Chaden, C., Habron, G., Monahan Watson, J., Muller, K., Stephens, B., & Yancey, K. (In press). Promoting student cognitive development: Integrative learning, reflection and metacognition. In T. Batson, K. Coleman, H. Chen, C. E. Watson, T. Rhodes, and A. Harver (Eds.), The Field Guide to Eportfolio. https://www.aacu.org/meetings/annualmeeting/AM17/epforum
  • Pennington, D., Bammer, G., Danielson, A., Gosselin, D., Gouvea, J., Habron, G., Hawthorne, D., Parnell, R., Thompson, K., Vincent, S., & Wei, C. (2016). The EMBeRS project: Employing model-based reasoning in socio-environmental synthesis. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 278–286. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13412-015-0335-8
  • Thompson, K., Svoboda Gouvea, J., and Habron, G. (2016). A design approach to understanding the activity of learners in interdisciplinary settings: Environment and diversity. The 12th International Conference on the Learning Sciences, "Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners." June 20-24, 2016, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. https://www.isls.org/icls/2016
  • Habron, G. (2015). Integrating ePortfolios into sustainability education. International Journal of ePortfolio. Volume 5, Number 2, 121-134. http://www.theijep.com/pdf/IJEP184.pdf
  • Heinrich W., Habron, G., Johnson, H. and Goralnik, L. (2015). Critical thinking assessment across four sustainability-related experiential learning settings. Journal of Experiential Education vol. 38 no. 4 373-393. http://jee.sagepub.com/content/38/4/373.abstract
  • Sanchez, G.M, Nejadashemi, A.P, Zhang, Z., Marquart-Pyatt, S., Habron, G., & Shortridge, A. (2015). Linking watershed-scale stream health and socioeconomic indicators with spatial clustering and structural equation modeling. Environmental Modelling & Software 70, (August), 113–127. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364815215001218

My previous publications and grants address agricultural best management practices, community-based adaptive watershed management, fish consumption advisories, active learning, evaluating faculty teaching, sustainability learning through systems thinking, experiential learning and competency-based learning. I am particularly interested in applied sustainability research with a focus on community engagement and social justice.

Ph.D., Fisheries Science
Oregon State University
M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries
Mississippi State Universit
B.A. Biology
University of Miami

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