Professor and Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences

864.294.3366
Townes 119D
brannon.andersen@furman.edu

  • Current disciplinary research interests

      Impact of urbanization on stream and rivers systems, including the drivers of the impact (population growth, economic growth, driving habits, etc.), focusing on N and C biogeochemistry.

  • Interest in connecting sustainability to research

      I’m interested in understanding how water quality and water supply constrain population and economic growth in the upstate region. Also, as a whole, I’m interested in thinking about how resilient the Upstate region will be if faced with energy price spikes or energy limitations. Could the Upstate feed itself? Do we have enough water to allow for growth? What would happen in the case of severe oil shortages (thinking of the unavailability of fuel after Hurricane Katrina)? Is a combination of solar and wind power enough to power the upstate? I’m also interested in applying Ecological Footprint analysis to Furman University and maybe the Upstate.

  • Sustainability courses taught
      • Environmental Science
      • Environmental Systems
      • Geochemistry
      • Sedimentary Systems
      • Environment and Society
      • Dynamic Systems Modeling

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