Assistant Provost for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and Professor of Biology
B.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., Duke University
Jon Evans is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy for integrating sustainability and environmental stewardship across the curriculum and as a vital part of University operations and decision-making. He oversees the development of educational opportunities that showcase Sewanee’s 13,000 acre campus and he represents the University in promoting sustainability across the Cumberland Plateau region.
His current research interests and recent publications center on the dynamics of forest change in the southeastern United States and the conservation of biodiversity in forested landscapes. As founding Director of the Sewanee Environmental Institute and Landscape Analysis Laboratory (1999-2011), he led a federally funded, multi-disciplinary project that used GIS and remote sensing to examine the environmental consequences of native hardwood conversion to pine plantations on the Cumberland Plateau. This research led to fundamental changes in land-use decision-making within the region and helped to catalyze major conservation initiatives.
He has been a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Sewanee since 1994, where he is currently a tenured Full Professor. He teaches courses in ecology, botany and conservation biology and in the summer runs the undergraduate Field Study in Belize Program. He also manages the Sewanee Herbarium, which maintains an extensive vascular plant collection for the University and surrounding region.