Ecological and social dynamics of North American forests: conversations in critical physical geography

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Diplomat Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Justine Law, Christine Biermann
Chairs: Christine Biermann


North American forests are ecologically and socially diverse, encompassing a variety of ecological zones, vegetation communities, disturbance regimes, ownership types, management strategies, cultural values, and industrial uses. Looking beneath the forest canopy, this session will focus on forest change across North America, including the overlapping social and ecological drivers of change, the distinct relationships between people and trees that constitute forests, and the challenges and conflicts that occur as forests are managed, exploited, and fostered for particular purposes. In the spirit of critical physical geography, we aim to bring together presenters from the natural and social sciences to facilitate productive, interdisciplinary conversations about North American forest change.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jeffrey Jenkins*, University of California - Merced, Management misalignments: environmental change, regulatory mandates, and divergent expectations in forest landscapes 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Anne Short Gianotti*, Boston University, John P Casellas Connors, Texas A&M, Constituting Suburban Nature: The Ecologies and Politics of Forests, Deer, and People 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Justine Law*, Sonoma State University, Ginseng decline in Appalachia? Bridging the science, history, and politics 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Tony Marks-Block*, Stanford University, Indigenous burning in Northwest California: Transforming forests and livelihoods 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Jonathan Hallemeier*, , Collaboration and shaping forest systems in the southern Appalachians 20 9:20 AM

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