Guy McPherson
Professor Emeritus, School of Natural Resources and the Environment and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
(575) 535 4001
Ph.D. Range Science, Texas Tech University, 1987

Guy McPherson is an energetic speaker and talented moderator. He has appeared before countless audiences to speak about abrupt climate change and loss of habitat for humans and other organisms in the short term. His presentations reach a wide variety of audiences, including universities, associations, nonprofits, and numerous educational and scientific symposia and conferences.

Along with a co-host, McPherson has a radio program on the Progressive Radio Network. He also facilitates workshops on the human response to abrupt climate change and loss of habitat for humans on Earth.

Guy is professor emeritus of natural resources and the environment at the University of Arizona, where he taught and conducted research for twenty award-winning years. His scholarly work, which has for many years focused on conservation of biological diversity, has produced a dozen book and hundreds of articles. He lives in an off-grid, straw-bale house where he puts into practice his lifelong interest in sustainable living by fully engaging with his rural human community.

Because the topics of his presentations sometimes induce despair, Guy became a certified grief-recovery specialist in January 2014. The certification came from The Grief Recovery Institute.

Selected Citations: 

McPherson, G.R. 1997. Ecology and Management of North American Savannas. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

McPherson, G.R. and S. DeStefano. 2003. Applied Ecology and Natural Resource Management. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England.

Weltzin, J.F. and G.R. McPherson (editors). 2003. Changing Precipitation Regimes and Terrestrial Ecosystems. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

McPherson, G.R. 2004. Killing the Natives: Has the American Dream Become a Nightmare? Whitmore Publishing Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

McPherson, G.R. 2006. Letters to a Young Academic: Seeking Teachable Moments. Rowman & Littlefield Education, Lanham, Maryland.

Jensen, S.E. and G.R. McPherson. 2008. Living with Fire: Fire Ecology and Policy for the Twenty-first Century. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Esparza, A.X. and G.R. McPherson (editors). 2009. The Planner’s Guide to Natural Resource Conservation: The Science of Land Development Beyond the Metropolitan Fringe. Springer, New York.

McPherson, G.R. 2011. Walking Away from Empire: A Personal Journey. Publish America, Baltimore, Maryland.

McPherson, G.R. 2013. Going Dark. Publish America, Baltimore, Maryland.

Baker, C. and G.R. McPherson. 2014. Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind. Tayen Lane Publishing.

Baker, C. and G.R. McPherson. 2015. Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind, Revised Second Edition. Tayen Lane Publishing.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Science Engagement
Arid lands
Atmospheric sciences
Climate assessment
Climate change
Climate variability
Ecosystem management
Extreme events
Fire management
Global warming
Human dimensions
Natural resource management
Range management
Science communication

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