Jason Evans

Jason Evans

Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies

Jason Evans is an interdisciplinary systems and landscape ecologist who works in the fields of climate adaptation, land cover change, and water quality improvement within the built environment.

  • PhD, interdisciplinary ecology, concentration: environmental engineering sciences, University of Florida
  • MS, interdisciplinary ecology, University of Florida
  • BA, philosophy, New College of Florida

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Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Environmental Science and Studies
  • Geographic Information Systems and Science
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Planning
  • Enduring Questions (Honors First Year Seminar)

Areas of Expertise

  • Spatial modeling
  • Life cycle assessments
  • Conservation planning
  • Environmental policy
  • Green infrastructure

Biography

Jason Evans is an interdisciplinary systems and landscape ecologist who works in the interfaces between human and natural systems. Most of his current research projects involve collaborations with local governments along the southeastern U.S. coast to develop vulnerability assessments and policy recommendations for floodplain management and sea-level rise adaptation. Another body of Evans's research has focused on land cover change, wildlife habitat and life cycle assessments for bioenergy systems (including ethanol, biogas, and wood pellets) across the U.S. Evans also has extensive experience and interest in the ecology, management and restoration of Florida springs ecosystems. In addition to his teaching and research appointment at Stetson, Evans serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Environmental Management, one of the world's most highly ranked publications within the fields of environmental engineering, planning, and assessment.

Research

  • Sea level rise
  • Aquatic plant phytoremediation
  • Habitat restoration in urban environments

Publications

  • Tanner, B. R., Work, K. A., and Evans, J. M. 2020. The Potential of Organic Sediments in Florida Spring Runs as Records of Environmental Change. Southeastern Geographer 60:200-214.
  • Jones, S., Ruppert, T., Deady, E. L., Payne, H., Pippin, J. S., Huang, L. Y. and Evans, J. M. 2019. Roads to nowhere: State and local governments in the Atlantic southeast facing sea-level rise. Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 44:67-136.
  • Hauer, M. E., Evans, J. M. and Mishra, D. R. 2016. Millions projected to be at risk from sea level rise in the continental United States. Nature Climate Change 6:691-695.
  • Evans, J. M., Calabria, J., Borisova, T., Boellstorf, D. E., Sochacka, N., Smolen, M. D., Mahler, R. L., and Risse, L. M. 2015. Effects of local drought condition on public opinions about water supply and future climate change. Climatic Change 132:193-207.
  • Hauer, M. E., Evans, J. M. and Alexander, C. R. 2015. Sea-level rise and sub-county population projections in coastal Georgia. Population and Environment 37:44-62.
  • Evans, J. M. 2013. Pistia stratiotes L. (water lettuce) in the Florida Peninsula: Biogeographic Evidence and Conservation Implications of Native Tenure for an 'Invasive' Aquatic Plant. Conservation and Society 11:233-246.
  • Fletcher, R. J., Robertson, B. A., Evans, J. M., Doran, P., Alavalapati, J. and Schemske, D. 2011. Biodiversity Conservation in the Era of Biofuels: Risks and Opportunities. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9:161-168.
  • Evans, J. M. and Wilkie, A. C. 2010. Life Cycle Assessment of Nutrient Remediation and Bioenergy Production Potential from the Harvest of Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata). Journal of Environmental Management 91:2626-2631.
  • Evans, J. M., Fletcher, R. J. and Alavalapati, J. 2010. Using Species Distribution Models to Identify Suitable Areas for Biofuel Feedstock Production. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 2:63-78.
  • Heffernan, J. B., Liebowitz, D. M., Frazer, T. K., Evans, J. M. and Cohen, M. J. 2010. Algal Blooms and the Nitrogen-Enrichment Hypothesis in Florida Springs: Evidence, Alternatives, and Adaptive Management. Ecological Applications 20:816-829.