Nathan Sayre

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1999

Assistant Professor Nathan Sayre is a human geographer with interests in the transformation and management of the earth's environment. He studies the management and ecology of rangelands, social theory and the transformations of Western rangelands under the influence of livestock production, urbanization and conservation.

His most recent book, Working Wilderness, is a case study of the Malpai Borderlands Group, a community-based conservation effort led by ranchers in far southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. His current research focuses on the political ecology of rangelands along the border in northwestern Mexico.

Professor Sayre's teaching interests and philosophy reflect a broad training in the social sciences and more specialized expertise in Western environmental history, range ecology and management, environmental regulation and pastoralism. He also co-teaches a course on Global Warming with Professor John Chiang.

His research interests include ranching and pastoralism, rangeland ecology and management, history of range science, endangered species, scale, the state, Western environmental history, and urbanization/land use change.

Recent publications:

2008. “Assessing the Effects of the Grundrisse in Anglophone Geography and Anthropology.”Antipode 40(5): 898-919.

2008. "The Genesis, History, and Limits of Carrying Capacity. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 98(1): 120-134.

In press. Scale. Invited chapter in Noel Castree, David Demeritt, Bruce Rhoads, and Diana Liverman, eds. A Companion to Environmental Geography. Blackwell Publishing.

In press. "General: Scale." Lead author (with Aland Di Vittorio) Chapter in Robert Kitchin and Nigel Thrift, eds. The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier.

The Ranching and Mining Period. Desert Plants (special issue on the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, edited by Conrad Bahre.

2007. A History of Working Landscapes: The Altar Valley, Arizona, USA. Rangelands (June): 41-45.

2007. The Western Range: A Leaking Lifeboat for Conservation in the New West. In Laura Pritchett, Richard L. Knight, and Jeff Lee, eds. Home Land: Ranching and a West That Works. Denver: Johnson Books.

Working Wilderness: the Malpai Borderlands Group and the Future of the Western Range. Tucscon: Rio Nuevo Press.

2005. “Ecological and geographical scale: parallels and potential for integration.” Progress in Human Geography. 29(3): 276-290.

2005. “Interacting effects of landownership, land use, and endangered species on conservation of Southwestern rangelands.” Conservation Biology. 19(3): 783-792.

2005. Rangeland degradation and restoration in the “desert seas”: social and economic drivers of ecological change between the sky islands. Pp. 349-352 in Gerald J. Gotfried, Brooke S. Gebow, Lane G. Eskew and Carleton B. Edminster, compilers. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. 2004 May 11-15; Tucson, AZ. Proceedings RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 631 p.

2004. “Viewpoint: The need for qualitative research to understand ranch management.” Journal of Range Management. 57: 668-674.

2003. “Recognizing History in Range Ecology: 100 Years of Science and Management on the Santa Rita Experimental Range.” Pp. 1-15 in Mitchel P. McClaran, Peter F. Ffolliott and Carleton B. Edminster, tech. coords. Santa Rita Experimental Range: 100 Years (1903-2003) of Accomplishments and Contributions; conference proceedings; 2003 October 30-November 1; Tucson, AZ. Proc. RMRS-P-30. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.

2003. “The Genesis of Range Science, with Implications for Pastoral Development Policy” (lead author, with Maria Fernandez-Gimenez). Pp. 1976-1985 in N. Allsopp, A.R. Palmer, S.J. Milton, K.P. Kirkman, G.I.H. Kerley, C.R. Hurt, and C.J. Brown, eds. Proceedings of the VIIth International Rangeland Congress. 26 July-1 August 2003, Durban, South Africa.

2002. Ranching, Endangered Species, and Urbanization in the Southwest: Species of Capital. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

2002. “Transformations of the Chihuahua Borderlands: Grazing, Fragmentation, and Biodiversity Conservation in Desert Grasslands.” With Charles Curtin (lead author) and Benjamin Lane. Environmental Science and Policy 5: 55-68.

2001. The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands. Santa Fe: The Quivira Coalition.

1999. “The Cattle Boom in Southern Arizona: Towards a Critical Political Ecology.” Journal of the Southwest 41(2): 239-271.

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