Tony Stallins

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  • Professor
  • ENS Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Geography
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  • Social Theory
  • Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies
869 POT
(859) 257-2138
Research Interests:

PhD Geography, University of Georgia (2000)
MS Biology, Georgia State University (1995)
BS Geology, Florida State University (1985)



As a geographer, I am interested in making linkages across disciplines. In biology and earth systems science, I draw from complexity, resilience theory, and disturbance ecology.  These fields come together in my physical geography scholarship, which spans traditional field and GIS-driven research in biogeomorphology to more conceptual-theoretical explorations of the organism-environment interaction. In the atmospheric sciences, my focus is on how humans modify weather and climate at the scale of cities, regions, and the units of observation drawn by forecasters.  My research of late is increasingly oriented around animal and plant geographies that link ideas from human and physical geography. I encourage graduate student to question their disciplinary boundaries and to critically examine how academics is constructed and maintained by certain practices, expectations, and social norms. I reject the epistemologies of identity that mold geography and welcome those who enjoy the intellectual trespass.


Selected Publications: 


(Since 2012, student co-authors in bold)

Stallins, J.A. (Forthcoming). The Anthropocene: The One, The Many, and the Topological. Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Stallins, J.A., Hsu, L.C. , Zinnert, J. C., and Brown, J. 2020. How Bottom-up and Top-down Controls Shape Dune Topographic Variability along the U.S. Virginia Barrier Island Coast and the Inference of Dune Dynamical Properties. Journal of Coastal Conservation 24: 30.

Hsu, L.C. and Stallins, J.A. 2020. Multiple Representations Of Topographic Pattern And Geographic Context Determine Barrier Dune Resistance, Resilience, And The Overlap Of Coastal Biogeomorphic Models. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 110 (3): 640-660.

Stallins, J.A. and Strosberg, S. (2019). Ontology, Difference, and Anticipating the Antimicrobial Resistance Timeline. Futures 115.

Stallins, J.A. and Corenblit, D. 2018 Interdependence of geomorphic and ecological resilience properties in a geographic context. Geomorphology 305: 76-93

White, M and Stallins, J.A. 2017. Non-meteorological influences on severe thunderstorm warning issuance. Weather, Climate, and Society 9(3), 421-439

Stallins, J.A., Law, D., Strosberg, S., Rossi, J. 2016. Geography and postgenomics: How space and place are the new DNA   GeoJournal  83(1): 153-168

Zinnert, J. Stallins, J.A., Brantley, S.T., and Young, D.R. 2016. Crossing Scales: Complexity of barrier island processes for predicting future change. BioScience 67(1), p.39-52

Monge, J. and Stallins, J.A. 2016. Properties of dune topographic state space for six barrier Islands of the U.S. southeastern Atlantic coast. Physical Geography 37(6): 452-475.

Watson, K. and Stallins, J.A. 2016. Honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder: a pluralistic reframing. Geography Compass 10(5) 222–236

Stallins, J.A. 2015. The eco-social and the evolutionary. Progress in Physical Geography 39(5): 669-674.

Stallins, J.A., Mast, J., and Parker, A. 2015. Resilience theory and Thomas Vale's Plants and People: A partial consilience of ecological and geographic concepts of succession.  Professional Geographer 67(1): 28–40.

Smith, M., Stallins, J.A., Maxwell, J., and Van Dyke, C. 2013. The complex nature of hydrological shifts and tree growth responses to river modification along the Apalachicola River, Florida.  Physical Geography 34(6): 491-511

Stallins, J.A. and Kelley, L. 2013. The embeddedness of a native North American snake in the wildlife pet trade and the production of assemblage geographies. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 103 (3) 417-436.   

Stallins, J.A., J. Carpenter, M. Bentley, W. Ashley, and J. Mulholland, 2012: Weekend-weekday aerosols and geographic variability in cloud-to-ground lightning for the urban region of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Regional Environmental Change 13(1): 137–151.

Stallins, J.A. 2012. Scale, causality, and the new organism-environment interaction. Geoforum 43 427–441.


Graduate Students

Karen Kinslow (PhD Candidate). Representation and affect in stream restoration
Aleks Craine (PhD). Ontology, indeterminancy, and the thoroughbred horse industry
Carly Baker (MA). Postcolonialism, anthropocentrism and veterinary voluntourism in Latin America
Chelsea Parise (MA). Race, gentrification and vegetation succession in an urban forest

Li-Chih Hsu (PhD, Spring 2019). Visualizing barrier island dune topographic state space. (Visiting Assistant Professor, SUNY Binghamton)

Jackie Monge (MA thesis, Spring 2014) Convergence of dune topography among multiple barrier island morphologies. Presently employed with Quantum Spatial in Lexington, KY.

Sophie Strosberg (MA Thesis, Spring 2014).  The human-hookworm assemblage: contingency and the practice of helminthic therapy. Freelance science journalist.

Megan White (MA Thesis, 2014). Associating Severe Thunderstorm Warnings with Demographic and Landscape Variables: A Geographically Weighted Regression Based Mapping of Forecast Bias.

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