Tom Evans

About Tom Evans

Tom Evans is a new faculty member at SGD (January 2018). My current work focuses primarily on agricultural decision-making, food security and environmental governance but have had past projects related to deforestation/reforestation, urban ecosystems, community resilience. My work generally involves some aspect of household-level analysis coupled with environmental data and methodologically my projects usually involve use of spatial analysis, GIS, remote sensing and simulation modeling.

I have funding for graduate research assistantships and post-doctoral researcher positions for the 2018-2019 academic year - contact me if interested!


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Understanding Cross-Scale Interactions of Trade and Food Policy to Improve Resilience to Drought Risk (National Science Foundation, BCS-1534544)

Impacts of Agricultural Decision Making and Adaptive Management on Food Security (National Science Foundation, SES-1360463)

Research Interests

Coupled Natural-Human Systems, Envirionmental Governance, Social-Ecological Systems, Agriculture, Food Security, Water Security, Rural-Urban Telecouplings

Selected Publications

For latest publications, see here:

Zhao, Y., Vergopolan, N., Baylis, K., Blekking, J. Caylor, K., Evans, T., Giroux, S., Sheffield, J. and Estes, L. In press. Comparing Empirical and Survey-based Yield Forecasts in a dryland agro-ecosystem. Agriculture and Forest Meteorology.

Baldwin, E., McCord, P, Dell’Angelo, J., Evans, T. In press. Collective action in a polycentric water governance system. Environmental Policy and Governance.

Carley, S., Evans, TP, Graff, M., Konisky, D. 2018. A framework for evaluating geographic disparities in energy transition vulnerability. Nature Energy.

Carley, S., Evans, T. P.,Konisky, D. M. 2018. Adaptation, culture, and the energy transition in American coal country. Energy Research & Social Science, 37:133-139.

Delaney, A., Evans, TP, McGreevy, J., Blekking, J., Schlachter, T., Korhonen-Kurki, K., Tamas, P., Crane, T., Eakin, H., Forch, W., Jones, L., Nelson., D., Oberlack, C., Purdon, M. and Rist, S. 2018. Governance of food systems across scales in time of social-ecological change: A review of indicators. Food Security

Estes, L.D., Chen, P., Debats, S.R., Evans, TP,Ferreira, S., Ragazzo, G., Sheffield, J., Wolf, A., Wood, E.F. & Caylor, K.K. 2018. A large-area, spatially continuous assessment of land cover map error and its impact on downstream analyses. Global Change Biology, 24(1):322-337.

Kuil, L., Evans, TP, McCord, PF., Salinas, JL, and Blöschl, G. 2018. Modeling crop decision making of smallholders: A case study in the Upper Ng’iro basin, Kenya. Water Resources Research, 54:2580-2604

Marcantonio, R., Attari, S. and Evans, TP. 2018. Farmer Perceptions of Conflict Related to Water in Zambia. Sustainability, 10(2), 313.

McCord, P.F., Waldman, K., Baldwin, E., Dell'Angelo, J., and Evans, TP. 2018. Multi-level adaptation to climate variability and water security in smallholder agricultural systems.  World Development, 108:296-308. 



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Tom Evans


PhD, Geography, University of North Carolina, 1998

BA, Geography, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VIrginia Tech), 1989

Courses Taught

G330 Introduction to Remote Sensing