Publications

Tropical Savanna

Title Author(s) Year Journal Citation
On the Problems and Promises of Savanna Fire Regime Change. Commentary on “Emissions mitigation opportunities for savanna countries from early dry season fire management” Laris, P. 2021 Nature Communications

Laris, P., 2021. On the Problems and Promises of Savanna Fire Regime Change. Commentary on “Emissions mitigation opportunities for savanna countries from early dry season fire management” Lipsett-Moore et al. Nature Communications (In Press).

Fire and Water: The role of grass competition on juvenile tree growth and survival rates in a mesic savanna. Laris, P., Yang, L., Dembele, F., Rodrigue, C.M. 2021 Plant Ecology

Laris, P., Yang, L., Dembele, F. et al. Fire and water: the role of grass competition on juvenile tree growth and survival rates in a mesic savanna. Plant Ecol 222, 861–875 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11258-021-01149-x  

Determinants of fire intensity and severity in a mesic savanna of Africa Laris, P., Jacobs, R., Kone, M., Dembele, F., Rodrigue, C.M., and Camara, F. 2020 Fire Ecology Laris, P., Jacobs, R., Kone, M. et al., 2020.  Determinants of fire intensity and severity in a mesic savanna of Africa.  Fire Ecology.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s42408-020-00085-x
Inventaire, typologie et estimation quantitative des gaz émis par les feux de brousse en savane soudanaise dans le sud Mali Kone, M., Dembele, F., Laris, P. 2019 Revue de Géographie Tropicale et d’Environnement  
On the problem of “natural” savanna fires: Commentary on Veenendaal et al. Laris, P. & Jacobs, R.  2018 New Phytologist Laris, P. & Jacobs, R. 2018. On the problem of “natural” savanna fires: Commentary on
Veenendaal et al, 2018, New Phytologist (forthcoming).
The effects of landscape pattern and vegetation type on the fire regime of a mesic savanna in Mali.  Laris, P., Jo, Audrey., Wechsler, S., and Dadashi, S. 2018 Journal of
Environmental Management

Laris, P., Jo, Audrey., Wechsler, S., and Dadashi, S. 2018. The Effects of Landscape
Pattern and Vegetation Type on the Fire Regime of a Mesic Savanna in Mali. Journal of
Environmental Management. 227:134-145. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030147971830968X

The early/late fire dichotomy: Time for a reassessment of Aubreville’s savanna fire experiments. Laris, P., Kone, M., Dadashi, S., and Dembele, F. 2017 Progress in Physical Geography Laris, P., Kone, M., Dadashi, S., and Dembele, F. 2017. The early/late fire dichotomy: Time for a reassessment of Aubreville’s savanna fire experiments. Progress in Physical Geography 41(1):68-94.  https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0309133316665570
Buffering the savanna: the human ecology and geography of burning in an unstable environment Laris, P., Caillault, S., Dadashi, S. and Jo, A. 2015 Journal of Ethnobiology Laris, P., Caillault, S., Dadashi, S. and Jo, A. 2015. Buffering the savanna: the human ecology and geography of burning in an unstable environment. Journal of Ethnobiology 35(1):111-139.  https://doi.org/10.2993/0278-0771-35.1.111
Taking from cotton to grow maize: The shifting practices of small-holder farmers in the cotton belt of Mali Laris, P., Foltz, J.D. & Voorhees, B. 2014 Agricultural Systems (online) Laris, P., Foltz, J.D. & Voorhees, B. 2014. Taking from cotton to grow maize: The shifting practices of small-holder farmers in the cotton belt of Mali. Agricultural Systems (on-line).
Cotton as Catalyst?: The Shifting role of fertilizer in Mali’s Cotton Belt Laris, P., & Foltz, J.D 2014 Human Ecology, (online) Laris, P., & Foltz, J.D. 2014. Cotton as Catalyst?: The Shifting role of fertilizer in Mali’s Cotton Belt. Human Ecology, (on-line).
Integrating land change science and savanna fire models in West Africa Laris, P., & Wardell, D.

2013

Land Laris, Paul. 2013. “Integrating Land Change Science and Savanna Fire Models in West Africa” Land 2(4): 609-636.  https://doi.org/10.3390/land2040609
Humanizing savanna models: integrating natural factors and anthropogenic disturbance regimes to determine tree-grass dynamics in savannas Laris, P., & Dembele, F. 2012 Land Change Science (online) Laris, P., & Dembele, F. 2012. Humanizing savanna models: integrating natural factors and anthropogenic disturbance regimes to determine tree-grass dynamics in savannas. Land Change Science (published online July 14, 2011). https://doi.org/10.1080/1747423X.2011.597444
The Sahel’s Silent Maize Revolution: Analyzing Maize Productivity in Mali at the Farm-Level Foltz, J.D., Aldana, U.T., Laris, P 2012 NBER Working Paper Series, Working Paper 17801 Foltz, J.D., Aldana, U.T., Laris, P. 2012. The Sahel’s Silent Maize Revolution: Analyzing Maize Productivity in Mali at the Farm-Level. NBER Working Paper Series, Working Paper 17801. National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.  http://www.nber.org/papers/w17801
Humanizing savanna biogeography: linking human practices with ecological patterns in a frequently burned savanna of southern Mali Laris, P. 2011 Annals of the Association of American Geographers Laris, P. 2011. Humanizing savanna biogeography: linking human practices with ecological patterns in a frequently burned savanna of southern Mali. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 101 (5): 1067-1088.  https://doi.org/10.1080/00045608.2011.560063
Fire ecology and fire politics in Mali and Madagascar Kull, C.A., and Laris, P. 2009 Tropical Fire Ecology Kull C.A., Laris P. 2009. Fire ecology and fire politics in Mali and Madagascar. Tropical Fire Ecology. Springer Praxis Books. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-77381-8_7
An anthropogenic escape route from the “Gulliver syndrome” in the West African Savanna Laris, P. 2008 Human Ecology Laris, P. 2008. An Anthropogenic Escape Route from the “Gulliver Syndrome” in the West African Savanna.  Human Ecology 36:789-805 (2008)
West African Environmental Narratives and Development‐Volunteer Praxis Moseley, W.G., and Laris, P. 2008 Geographical Review Moseley, W.G., and Laris, P., 2008.  West African environmental narratives and development‐volunteer praxis. Geographical Review 98(1): 59-81.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1931-0846.2008.tb00288.x
Managing a burned mosaic: A landscape-scale human ecological model of savanna fires in Mali Laris, P. 2006 in Savannas and Dry Forests: Linking People with Nature Managing a Burned Mosaic: A Landscape-scale Human Ecological Model of Savanna Fires in Mali
Good, bad or ‘necessary evil’? Reinterpreting the colonial burning experiments in the savanna landscapes of West Africa Laris, P., & Wardell, D. 2006 Geographical Journal Laris, P., and Wardell, D.A., 2006. Good, bad or ‘necessary evil’? Reinterpreting the colonial burning experiments in the savanna landscapes of West Africa. The Geographical Journal 172(4): 271-290. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4959.2006.00215.x
Spatiotemporal problems with detecting and mapping mosaic fire regimes with coarse-resolution satellite data in savanna environments Laris, P. 2005 Remote Sensing of Environment Laris, P., 2005. Spatiotemporal problems with detecting and mapping mosaic fire regimes with coarse-resolution satellite data in savanna environments. Remote Sensing of Environment 99(4): 412-424. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2005.09.012.
Burning the seasonal mosaic: preventative burning strategies in the wooded savanna of southern Mali Laris, P. 2002 Human Ecology, (online) Laris, P. Burning the Seasonal Mosaic: Preventative Burning Strategies in the Wooded Savanna of Southern Mali. Human Ecology 30, 155–186 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1015685529180

California Environments

Title Authors Year Journal Citation
Where have the native grasses gone?: what a long term, repeat study can tell us about California’s native prairie landscapes Laris, P., Seymour, C., and Mills, M. 2021 Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History Laris, P., et al. (2021). Where Have the Native Grasses Gone?: What a Long-Term, Repeat
Study Can Tell Us about California’s Native Prairie Landscapes. Rural Landscapes: Society,
Environment, History (at press): DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/rl.61
Coyote brush as facilitator of native plant recovery in the Santa Monica Mountains.  Brennan, S., Laris, P., & Rodrigue, C.M.  2018 Madrono Brennan, S., Laris, P., & Rodrigue, C.M. 2018. Coyote brush as facilitator of native plant
recovery in the Santa Monica Mountains. Madrono. 65(1):47-59.  https://doi.org/10.3120/0024-9637-65.1.47
The Coyote Brush invasion of Southern California grasslands and the legacy of mechanical disturbance Laris, P., Brennana, S., and Engelberg, K. 2016 Geographical Review Laris, P., Brennan, S., and Engelberg, K. 2016. The Coyote Brush invasion of Southern California grasslands and the legacy of mechanical disturbance. Geographical Review.  https://doi.org/10.1111/gere.12223
Comparing the Long-Term Impacts of Different Anthropogenic Disturbance Regimes on California Coastal Sage Scrub Recovery Engelberg, K., Laris, P., Nagy, B., and Eckardt, S. 2013 Professional Geographer Engelberg, K., Laris, P., Nagy, B., and Eckardt, S. 2013. Comparing the Long-Term Impacts of Different Anthropogenic Disturbance Regimes on California Coastal Sage Scrub Recovery Professional Geographer.  https://doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2013.802558
Political Ecology of Emotion and Sacred Space: The Winnemem Wintu struggles with California water policy Ngo, M., Dallman,S., Laris, P., and Thien, D. 2012 Emotion, Space and Society Ngo, M., Dallman,S., Laris, P., and Thien, D. 2012. Political Ecology of Emotion and Sacred Space: The Winnemem Wintu struggles with California water policy. Emotion, Space and Society.