Why does Arizona hold prescribed burns of over-dense forest, when most of Mexico has no need to, even in similar ecosystems? Who lives in Arizona forestlands, and Mexican ones, and why does it matter? Why do some large mammals (the Mexican wolf and mule deer, among others) thrive in one country more than the other? This talk will unravel these questions through the lens of environmental history in a bid to learn from each nation’s experience.
This program is part of the Climate Conversations series hosted by Arizona Humanities.
Chris Boyer is Dean of Arts and Letters and Professor of History at Northern Arizona University. A specialist on the social and environmental history of Modern Mexico and Latin America, he has published and taught widely in English, Spanish and Portuguese. His most recent book, Political Landscapes, investigates social history of forest management in Mexico between 1880 and 2000, with special emphasis on the experiences of Chihuahua and Michoacán. He has published a volume of environmental histories of modern Mexico titled A Land Between Waters that represents the first binational reflection on Mexican environmental history. He co-edits a University of Arizona Press book series on Latin American environmental history. He was a visiting scholar at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 2017, where he taught and continued work on his current research project that traces the how green revolution technologies pioneered in Mexico such as the improvement of cultivars and the application of agrochemicals, are linked with the industrialization of foodways in Mexico and beyond.