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Mr. Geoff Cunfer

Wrong Geoff Cunfer?

Department of History

Email: g***@***.ca
University of Saskatchewan
Room 206 1860 Lorne St.
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 2L7

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  • Ph.D. , history department
    University of Texas
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History - Undergraduates - College of Arts and Science . University of Saskatchewan, 17 Oct 2013 [cached]
Director, Research Committee: Geoff Cunfer
Prairie Environmental Network | NiCHE - Network in Canadian History & Environment, 14 Oct 2013 [cached]
Geoff Cunfer
Geoff Cunfer University of Saskatchewan
Geoff Cunfer's research cited ..., 18 Aug 2011 [cached]
Geoff Cunfer's research cited in New York Times article
posted August 18, 2011
Geoff Cunfer's (History) work on the Dust Bowl was discussed in a New York Times article about historical GIS. Read the full text below or find it at:
Geoff Cunfer, a historian at the University of Saskatchewan, revisited causes of the 1930s Dust Bowl by analyzing data from all 208 counties in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas that were affected, an impossible undertaking without this system. He found that the traditional explanation of farmers' extensively plowing the land without care for environmental limits was only true in some places. Barely plowed Southern counties also suffered from the plague of dust. Using reports of annual precipitation, unplowed grassland, wind direction, droughts, agricultural censuses, historical studies and previous reports on dust storms - "a messy shoebox full of newspaper clippings" - Mr. Cunfer created data sets that could be plotted on maps.
He discovered that dust storms regularly occurred in the 19th century and were a natural part of plains ecology before any plowing occurred, but were "unreported and unpublicized," he said.
People . History . College of Arts and Science . University of Saskatchewan, 4 April 2011 [cached]
Geoff CunferPh.D.Office: Arts 711Phone: (306) 966-7969Email:geoff.cunfer@usask.caPUBLICATIONS Geoff Cunfer, ed., As a Farm Woman Thinks: Life and Land on the Texas High Plains, 1890-1960 (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, forthcoming). Geoff Cunfer, "Scaling the Dust Bowl," in Placing...
Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan: News & Events, 12 Feb 2007 [cached]
On the Great Plains, by Geoff Cunfer, wins award.Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan: News & Events
On the Great Plains, by Geoff Cunfer, wins award.
On the Great Plains, by Geoff Cunfer, wins award.
Geoff Cunfer, author of On the Great Plains: Agriculture and Environment, has received the 2006 Theodore Saloutos Book Award from the Agricultural History Society for most outstanding major new scholarly reinterpretation of American agricultural history.The award was presented at the society's annual meeting at Cambridge, Massachusetts in June 2006.
On the Great Plains poses an intriguing new view of Euro-American farmers' interaction with nature on the Great Plains.The book investigates how America's interior prairies have remained remarkably stable throughout the twentieth century's unpredictable weather and technological innovations.Cunfer surveys the entire Great Plains by using historical agricultural census data, coupled with GIS mapping, to evaluate land use over the past 130 years.This collected information allows Cunfer to expertly reassess the interaction between farmers and nature in this vast landscape.
Geoff Cunfer is associate professor in the history department at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.He is a former associate professor at the Center for Rural and Regional Studies at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota, and a former research asociate at the University of Texas Population Research Center.He earned a Ph.D. in the history department at the University of Texas in 1999.
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