Geoffrey Habron

Geoffrey Habron

Professor of Sustainability Sciences

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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.​


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


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.



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Habron, G. (2015). Integrating ePortfolios into sustainability education. International Journal of ePortfolio. Volume 5, Number 2, 121-134.
  • 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.
  • 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.