J. Anthony Abbott, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Geography
Director of Environmental Science
Tentative dates, May 12 -31, 2013. A small group of students will be selected for a completely funded trip to Peru under my guidance.
Application (due January 10, 2013)
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
B.S. University of Georgia
421 N Woodland Blvd – Unit 8401
DeLand, FL 32723
Tel: (386) 822-7008
Fax: (386) 822-7328
Email: tabbott [at] stetson.edu
Room 207 - Gillespie Museum
234 Michigan Ave
Greenhouse Gas Auditing
Consensus on global warming has popularized accounting of greenhouse gas emissions. The American University and College Presidents Climate Commitment has sparked widespread participation in the endeavor, yet there are many undefined parameters for accounting GHG emissions. I work with students to quantify the GHG emissions of Stetson University to grasp the intricacies of operational GHG accounting. Beyond this I worked with student Kiryssa Kasprzyk to correlate the rigor of Campus Climate action plans with state policy as a proxy to illuminate the federal role in driving climate change policy among the states.
Eco-representations of Surfing
With student Lauren Hill, I have explored the potential of using political ecological theories to critique surf culture as environmental performance. Seemingly benign, surfing entails modes of consumption and natural domination in contradiction to environmental principles, and these characteristics are shared by other outdoor sports.
Public Opinion and Policy on Wind Power Facility Development in the Kittitas Valley, WA
The development of wind power facilities creates tensions and alliances among, home and landowners, state and county administrators, and environmentalists in myriad and surprising ways. Through an analysis of the permitting process for three separate wind power facilities in Central Washington, I illustrate the shifting and conditional conceptualizations of conservation to show how wildlife management areas are inordinately impacted by these facilities.
In Situ Conservation of Crop Biodiversity in Latin America
Through fieldwork conducted in Southern Ecuador in 1997-2000, I found that land tenure institutions, cultural preferences, and the influence of agricultural extension agencies can both positively and negatively influence farmers' decisions to plant landrace-bean varieties (Phaseolus vulgaris), as well as farm diversity at many other levels.
Living Shade and Passive Cooling of Suburban Homes in the South
Through fieldwork conducted in residential neighborhoods of Metro-Atlanta in 1992-1993, I quantified the energy conservation potential of shade trees for typical suburban homes in the South. Surprising results indicate that living shade plays a relatively small role in energy conservation for air-conditioning in modern, well-insulated homes. The implications for energy conservation programs based on the planting of living shade are significant with regards to cost-benefit analyses.
Transhumance in the Yakima Valley of Washington
I have done minor research on sheep herding in Central Washington State. This profession has historically been dominated by European migrants, but contemporary immigration and guest worker policy in the United States have encouraged a situation favoring South American workers from the Andes. I have examined the links between transnational migration and transhumance through ethnographic studies with the shepherds, presenting this work nationally at the annual meeting for the Association of American Geographers.
GES 141P Earth Affecting People, w/ Lab
GES 204S Latin American Spaces and Places
GES 301 Geographic Information Systems and Science
GES 302 Field Methods
GES 303 Environmental Science Seminar
GES 310R-JS Cultural and Political Ecology
GES 312 Biogeography
GES 315 Sustainability Studies
GES 498/499 Senior Research Proposal/Project
Honors 101 Enduring Questions: What does it mean to live sustainably?
Stetson University Affiliations
Opportunities for Students to Consider