Mari Elise Ewing

Ph.D. Student

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MS, University of Colorado at Boulder

BA, Austin College


A Colorado native, I grew up working on my father’s wheat farm on the high plains. I graduated summa cum laude from Austin College with a bachelor of arts in Environmental Studies, minors in Biology and English, and induction into Phi Beta Kappa. A semester studying rainforests in the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland, Australia initially kindled my interest in restoration ecology. I then furthered my knowledge with an internship learning prairie restoration in the Hill Country of Texas followed by a January course practicing tallgrass restoration and a job teaching children at the Sneed Environmental Research Area. My research interests now encompass the many factors – biogeochemical, economic, political, and social – influencing opportunities for shortgrass prairie conservation and restoration on the western Great Plains.

Mari Elise Ewing accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Austin College. Austin College is a selective liberal-arts college in Sherman, Texas dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education. In addition to continuing research in socio-ecological systems, Mari Elise will co-teach Fundamentals of Environmental Studies as well as design and teach mid- and upper-level courses that complement the existing curriculum.