Written Works

McPherson’s university website includes a more complete list of academic publications


    McPherson, G.R., D.D. Wade, and C.B. Phillips (compilers). 1990. Glossary of Fire Management Terms Used in the United States. Society of American Foresters, Bethesda, Maryland.

    McPherson, G.R. 1997. Ecology and Management of North American Savannas. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

    McPherson, G.R. and S. DeStefano. 2003. Applied Ecology and Natural Resource Management. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England.

    Weltzin, J.F. and G.R. McPherson (editors). 2003. Changing Precipitation Regimes and Terrestrial Ecosystems. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

    McPherson, G.R. 2004. Killing the Natives: Has the American Dream Become a Nightmare? Whitmore Publishing Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    McPherson, G.R. 2006. Letters to a Young Academic: Seeking Teachable Moments. Rowman & Littlefield Education, Lanham, Maryland.

    Brothers, Mac. 2006. Academic Pursuits. PublishAmerica, Baltimore, Maryland.

    Jensen, S.E. and G.R. McPherson. 2008. Living with Fire: Fire Ecology and Policy for the Twenty-first Century. University of California Press, Berkeley. I read from this book here.

    Esparza, A.X. and G.R. McPherson (editors). 2009. The Planner’s Guide to Natural Resource Conservation: The Science of Land Development Beyond the Metropolitan Fringe. Springer, New York.

    McPherson, G.R. 2011. Walking Away from Empire: A Personal Journey. Publish America, Baltimore, Maryland. Also available at Amazon (also for kindle) and Barnes & Noble. Reviewed by Michel Weber for Cosmos and History, Sandy Krolick, John Rember, Cameron Conaway, and dozen readers at Amazon. Trailer is embedded below.

    McPherson, G.R. 2013. Going Dark. Publish America, Baltimore, Maryland. Reviewed by Carolyn Baker at Speaking Truth to Power and Anne Pyterek at Blue Bus Books.

    Going Dark cover. Kindle version available here.

    Baker, C. and G.R. McPherson. 2014. Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind. Tayen Lane Publishing. Electronic copy available here from Amazon.

    Baker, C. and G.R. McPherson. 2015. Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind, Revised Second Edition. Tayen Lane Publishing. Electronic copy available here from Amazon.

    Pauline Panagiotou Schneider and Guy R. McPherson. 2015. Ms. Ladybug and Mr. Honeybee: A Love Story at the End of Time. America Star Books, Baltimore, Maryland.

    Guest commentaries

    1 March 2007 Tucson Weekly, Expect the beginning of the end of Tucson as we know it to arrive next year

    28 March 2007 Arizona Daily Star, Peak oil scenario paints frightening future for all (for the university’s ludicrous response to the latter, click here; for the subsequent pseudo-apology, click here)

    16 August 2007 Tucson Weekly, It’s time to close the borders–to people coming and going, to imports and exports

    6 April 2008 Arizona Republic, End of the world as we know it: You might feel fine, but high oil cost, scarcity mean American Empire is about to come crashing down

    The piece in the Republic led to a Live Talk Wednesday follow-up article

    14 May 2009 Tucson Weekly, It’s time for me to leave my current life and start living in a post-peak-oil world

    23 February 2010 Sedona Times, How will climate change & peak oil impact Sedona?

    1 October 2010 Transition Voice, A climate wake-up call

    1 November 2010 Transition Voice , Hope springs eternal

    1 December 2010 Transition Voice, The road to nowhere

    1 January 2011 Transition Voice, Doom or Boom? Let’s do both!

    3 February 2011 Transition Voice, Two roads diverged

    10 March 2011 Transition Voice, Extinction event?

    14 March 2011 Transition Voice, Nuclear nightmares

    14 April 2011 Transition Voice, If the Earth could talk

    17 May 2011 Transition Voice, Blessings of a dying paradigm

    13 June 2011 Transition Voice, Transitioning

    12 July 2011 Transition Voice, Viral collapse

    12 August 2011 Transition Voice, We are the birds of prey; a marriage of contradictions

    6 September 2011 Transition Voice, To fight climate change, we need to understand humanity

    October 2011 Conservation Biology, Going back to the land in the Age of Entitlement (pdf). This essay elicited a comment, to which I responded: Choosing an alternative path (follows the comment to which it responds) (pdf)

    7 October 2011 Transition Voice, Philosophy and conservation

    9 November 2011 Transition Voice, Three paths to near-term human extinction

    9 December 2011 Transition Voice, Is terminating the industrial economy a moral act? (permalinked at Counter Currents)

    2 January 2012 Transition Voice, One hundred and thirty-eight in the shade (permalinked at Counter Currents)

    6 February 2012 Transition Voice, Resources and anthropocentrism

    12 March 2012 Transition Voice, Humanity needs to write a whole New Story (with Sherry Ackerman)

    13 March 2012 Transition Voice, My story of dropping out and acting up (permalinked at Seismologik)

    26 March 2012 Transition Voice, Ackerman and McPherson dialog: Practical paths to a post-carbon lifestyle (with Sherry Ackerman)

    25 April 2012 Transition Voice, The gates of Hell (permalinked at Ukiah Blog)

    14 May 2012 Transition Voice, Human health: return of the four horsemen? (permalinked at Living Green Magazine)

    June 2012 Conservation Biology, Choosing an alternative path (follows the comment to which it responds) (pdf). Editorial that sparked this online dialog is here (pdf).

    23 May 2012 Transition Voice, Money can’t buy you love (with Sherry Ackerman)

    11 June 2012 Transition Voice, The Age of Consequences (permalinked at As the World Sleeps, Island Breath and Counter Currents)

    17 July 2012 Transition Voice, The gift liberation front

    10 August 2012 Transition Voice, Not even a spoonful of sugar could help (permalinked at Counter Currents, Seemorerocks, Indymedia Climate and Canadians for Emergency Action on Climate Change)

    27 September 2012 Transition Voice, Madness of the mainstream (with Sherry Ackerman)

    5 October 2012 Transition Voice, Only love remains

    9 October 2012 Transition Voice, Collapse now — It’s all the rage (without the rage) (permalinked at Seemorerocks)

    19 November 2012 Transition Voice, A farewell to arms (permalinked at Seemorerocks and Island Breath)

    22 November 2012 The Good Men Project, Walking Away from Empire

    11 December 2012 Transition Voice, A new kind of Christmas story

    30 January 2013 Transition Voice, Roundup of distressing climate news

    20 February 2013 Transition Voice, Ackerman and McPherson Dialogue: The idiot box (with Sherry Ackerman, permalinked at PeakOil and Seemorerocks)

    25 February 2013 Transition Voice, Sadly, extinction is no laughing matter, (permalinked at Transition Network)

    15 March 2013 Blazing Kat Productions, All of the above

    25 March 2013 Transition Voice, For sale, habitable planet, too late (permalinked at Transition Network and Dandelion Salad)

    15 April 2013 Transition Voice, Waiting for the asteroid, eyes open (permalinked at Transition Network)

    30 April 2013 The Good Men Project, Climate is a social justice issue

    10 May 2013 The Good Men Project, If good is common good, we are failing

    1 June 2013 The Good Men Project, On Climate Change & Collective Courage.

    6 June 2013 The Good Men Project, Divided We Fall, And So We Are (permalinked at Island Breath).

    7 June 2013 Transition Voice, And then what? How shall I live my life? (permalinked at Seemorerocks)

    29 July 2013 Transition Voice, Disobedience the true foundation of liberty

    15 August 2013 The Good Men Project, Questioning Culture: A Series

    18 August 2013 The Good Men Project, Questioning Culture: The Long Littleness of Life

    19 August 2013 Transition Voice, 19 ways climate change is now feeding itself (permalinked at the Red Mullet)

    24 August 2013 The Good Men Project, Questioning Culture: Shades of Existential Gray

    28 August 2013 The Good Men Project, Questioning Culture: When Personal Happiness brings Suffering to Others

    31 August 2013 The Good Men Project, Questioning Culture: American Empire

    3 September 2013 The Good Men Project, Questioning Culture: Our Addiction to Growth

    7 September 2013 The Good Men Project, Questioning Culture: The Absurdity of Authenticity

    19 September 2013 Transition Voice, As the empire declines it gets nastier (permalinked at Transition Network)

    12 October 2013 The Good Men Project, Expressing Our Humanity As We Drown In It

    14 October 2013 Transition Voice, How to respond to climate chaos

    28 October 2013 The Good Men Project, Protecting the Common Good

    4 November 2013 Transition Voice, Hopium for the masses, renewable energy edition (permalinked at Peak Oil News and Message Boards)

    15 November 2013 The Good Men Project, Hope is Hopeless: On the Dangers of Hopium

    19 November 2013 Blazing Kat Productions, Why Bother?

    6 December 2013 Transition Voice, Before it goes dark, let’s live

    22 December 2013 The Next Step, Are you ready to take The Next Step?

    28 December 2013 The Next Step, It’s Time for Me to Leave My Current Life and Start Living in a Post-Peak-Oil World

    3 January 2014 The Good Men Project, Trading Hope for Action

    13 January 2014 Transition Voice, Only geo-engineering can reverse climate change — too bad it won’t work (permalinked at Transition Network)

    22 January 2014 Shift, Nuclear Armageddon (permalinked at Island Breath)

    7 March 2014 The Good Men Project, And Thoreau Shakes His Head at America.

    15 March 2014 The Good Men Project, Life is Short, and Urgent

    29 May 2014 Shift, Farewell Michael Ruppert, and Thank You

    19 September 2014 Shift, Feedback Loops: A Death Spiral?

    27 January 2015 Shift, Geoengineering: A Techno-Fix Solution for the Climate?

    18 October 2015, Shift, < href="">The Politics of Addressing Climate Change

    Other articles

    Foreword, The Coming Extinction of Humanity: Six Converging Crises That Threaten Our Survival, by R. J. Connors.

    McPherson, G.R. 2012. Going back to the land in the Age of Entitlement. Pages 53-56 in Mary Anne Redding (editor), Gila: I. Radical Visions, Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe. Part II, The Enduring Silence, is a collection of photographs by Guggenheim Fellow Michael P. Berman.

    McPherson, Guy. 2012. A life out of empire. Pages 481-487 in Keith Farnish’s book, Underminers: A Practical Guide for Radical Change. Published under a Creative Commons License.

    February 2013 Beyond industrial civilization, Earthlines 4:22-24 (pdf of contents here)

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