Tony Stallins

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  • Professor
  • ENS Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Geography
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  • Social Theory
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.  I also have interest in aspects of animal geography, political ecology, and science-technology studies. 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. 


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

Guetchine Gaspard (PhD).
Biodiversity trends in urban wildlife rehabilitation data

Karen Kinslow (PhD). Ecological restoration and affect in stormwater management

Derek Law (PhD Candidate, co-advisor Jonathan Phillips). Geographic variability in soil microbial communities associated with treefall disturbance.  

Li-Chih Hsu (PhD, Spring 2019). Visualizing barrier island dune topographic state space.

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. Pursuing PhD at University of Minnesota.

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


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