Professor publishes book on oil and natural gas


Tommiea King

 (JACKSON, Miss.) Jackson State University Associate Professor Edmund C. Merem recently published his second book, Environmental Accounting for Oil and Natural Gas.

In his book, Merem analyzes the oil and gas depletion and environmental damage costs of Southeastern United States and Canada from 1961 to 2000.

Merem, who teaches in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in JSU’s College of Public Service, School of Policy and Planning, hopes that average readers will become more aware of the environmental effects of issues like carbon emission, oil spills and global warming. With that knowledge, they can better encourage governmental leaders to implement policy to curb negative effects, he said. Merem also hopes researchers will advance their study of the Earth’s resources and how they can be conserved.

“If we keep consuming at the pace we are now, we could see the depletion of resources,” Merem said.

College of Public Service interim dean Mario Azvedo said academic research offers the public an unbiased view of the environment.

“To hear it from an academician doing an objective study is what we need,” he said. “The truth can come from the university setting.”

Having integrated his research into his curriculum, Merem’s students also benefit from his work.

“Our students often use textbooks from other people,” Merem said. “I can see their exuberance when they realize their teacher is the author. They began to ask, ‘How can I do that?’ I tell them that it is possible.”

Several of Merem’s books have been donated to the university.

“We are very, very proud of Dr. Merem, not just for this book, but his clear history of research and scholarship at JSU,” said Otha Burton, associate dean and department chair. “Faculty, not just here, but across the country expected to teach and conduct quality research. We are a research intensive university.”

Merem is working on his third book, An Environmental History of African Americans, which will cover farming and landscaping among other issues.

Merem holds a doctorate degree in urban and regional planning from JSU, a doctorate degree in geography from the University of Ottawa, a master’s in environmental studies from York University, bachelor’s degree in social sciences and a master’s in family and marriage studies from Pontifical Lateran University.

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