Professor of Geology
225 Gearhart Hall
Department of Geosciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
|Degrees||Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Marine Sciences, 1994|
|M.S.Utah State University, Geology 1985|
|B.S. Bemidji State University, Magna Cum Laude, Geology, 1981|
|Research Interests||Dr. Steve Boss has strong moral and research interests in the broad area of natural resource conservation and sustainability. In these areas he is particularly interested in critical discourse on the morality of Life Cycle Analysis methods, application of systems dynamics principles to sustainability and explanation of sustainability as an emergent property of the human-environment system, reorganization of global society toward more sustainable orientations, and development of meaningful sustainability metrics. These ideals led him to a leadership position as Director of the Environmental Dynamics doctoral program (2002-2015) and Director of Sustainability Academic Programs (2010-2015) at the University of Arkansas.|
|Ongoing Research Projects||
GP-IMPACT: Professional Development Pathways to Diversifying the Geosciences Workforce
Broadening Geosciences Disciplines at the National Association of Black Geoscientists Annual Technical Conference: Houston, TX, September 5-8, 2018
A 30-year analysis of the Demotechnic Index of Nations.
The caloric budget of global agriculture.
Determining the mass balance of materials used by global civilization.
Development of the Campus Demotechnic Index (CDI) as a measure of progress toward sustainability.
Development of meaningful sustainability metrics and assessment of sustainability for society.
Improving diversity and broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and the 21st Century workforce.
Research efforts 1 - 6 are research directions related to my interest in development of tangible sustainability metrics.
Research effort 7 is a personal commitment that has received funding support from federal agencies (NASA, NSF) during my tenure at the University of Arkansas.