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Crosscutting Research

Sustainability Research Rising Stars

Micheal Forstner (Biology) is conducting research into the impacts of oil exploration in Central America on biodiversity of amphibians, including endangered species.  The Alexander-Stone Chair of Genetics, Dr. Forstner’s research focuses on the genetics of recovery and is designed to pull in undergraduate students.

Gwendolyn Hustvedt (Family & Consumer Sciences) focuses on the economics of sustainability.  Her previous work includes a federally funded study on consumer willingness to pay for local and sustainable fiber production.  Her most recent grant for close to $750,000 from the USDA is working to improve the climate change related education in her field through faculty professional development.

Tongdan Jin (Engineering) works photovoltaics and wind power systems to expand the capacity of alternative energies to meet the growing needs of the region.  His USDA supported work with faculty in Agriculture is focused on increasing the number of graduates with skills badly need by the “green” energy sector.   

Julie Westerlund (Biology) works with faculty from Geography to improve the local access of children to the most up-to-date educational models related to watersheds and aquatic sciences.  Project Flowing Waters is also designed to increase the ability of doctoral students to connect with the next generation.

For information on other faculty performing sustainability research at Texas State click here.