Nathan Sayre

Associate Professor, Department of Geography
University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies

Nathan Sayre is Professor in the Department of Geography. His interests include political economy and political ecology; environmental history; the history of rangeland science, management and administration; conservation of endangered species and biodiversity; and exurban and suburban development in the western US. He received his initiation into ranching as a student at Deep Springs College, then completed his BA at Yale and his PhD in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He subsequently held a post-doctoral research position with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service-Jornada Experimental Range and worked as a consultant before taking his current position. Professor Sayre has worked with numerous ranchers and rancher-organized non-profit organizations, including the Malpai Borderlands Group, the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance, and the Redington Natural Resource Conservation District. He is the author of The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands (Quivira Coalition, 2001) and Ranching, Endangered Species and Urbanization in the Southwest: Species of Capital (University of Arizona Press, 2002); and Working Wilderness: the Malpai Borderlands Group and the Future of the Western Range (Rio Nuevo Press, 2005). 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.

last updated: October 8th, 2020