Dr. Philip Garone
Associate Professor of History, Faculty Advisor to Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
Ph.D., U.S. History, University of California, Davis, 2006
M.S., Ecology, University of California, Davis, 2000
M.A., Medieval Studies, The Catholic University of America, 1989
B.A., History, Georgetown University, 1985
Environmental History and Ecology
U.S. Since the Civil War
History of the U.S. West
|Course||Course Title/Link to Syllabus|
|HIST 2600||Problems in U.S. History|
|HIST 3630||U.S. from Reconstruction to World War II|
|HIST 3640||Contemporary U.S., 1945 to the Present|
|HIST 4590||U.S. Environmental History|
|HIST 4670||California History|
|HIST 4760||Environmental History of the Central Valley|
|HIST 4960||Senior Seminar|
|HIST 5910||Graduate Seminar: U.S. Environmental History|
My present work explores the history and ecology of the Central Valley from its geologic origins to the present, with an emphasis on the profound changes that have taken place in its landscape since California statehood in 1850. This project focuses on the social, economic, political, and cultural reasons that account for the transformation of the Central Valley from a region defined by millions of acres of wetlands, riparian habitat, and grasslands to one defined primarily by agriculture and urban growth. It also analyzes more recent trends, over the past several generations, toward protecting and restoring natural habitat in the Valley, particularly in response to the importance of the Valley’s wetlands for migratory waterfowl of the Pacific Flyway and for threatened and endangered species.
The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of California’s Great Central Valley. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2011.
Articles and Book Chapters:
“Kesterson Reservoir.” In Water Politics and the Environment in the United States, edited by Steven L. Danver and John R. Burch. 452-453. Washington, DC.: CQ Press, 2011.
“Rethinking Reclamation: How an Alliance of Duck Hunters and Cattle Ranchers Brought Wetland Conservation to California’s Central Valley Project.” In Natural Protest: Essays on the History of American Environmentalism, edited by Michael Egan and Jeff Crane, 137-162. New York and London: Routledge, 2009.
“The Tragedy at Kesterson Reservoir: A Case Study in Environmental History and a Lesson in Ecological Complexity.” Environs: Environmental Law and Policy Journal 22, no. 2 (1999): 107-144.
"Global Climate Change and the Future of Wetland Protection in California's Great Central Valley." American Society for Environmental History. Phoenix, Arizona. April 2011.
“Global Climate Change and the Past, Present, and Future of Wetland Protection in California’s Great Central Valley.” First World Congress of Environmental History. Copenhagen, Denmark. August 2009.
Roundtable: “The Role of Environmental Historians in the Campus Sustainability Movement.” American Society for Environmental History. Tallahassee, Florida. February 2009.
“Ducks, Rice Growers, and Hunters: An Environmental History of Wetland Protection and Restoration in California’s Sacramento Valley.” Society of Wetland Scientists International Conference. Sacramento, California. June 2007.
“Subsidence and Rising Sea Levels: Dual Flood Risks to California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the State’s Hydraulic Regime.” American Society for Environmental History. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. February 2007.
Roundtable: “Translational History: How Historians Can Engage the Practice of Science and Science Policy.” American Society for Environmental History. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. February 2007.
“Protecting and Restoring Wetlands in California’s Sacramento Valley: From Economics to Ecology.” American Society for Environmental History. St. Paul, Minnesota. March 2006.
“An Environmental History of the Wetlands of California’s Great Central Valley.” Invited presentation at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Fellows Conference. Washington, D.C. October 2004.
“Twentieth-Century Water Wars for the Protection of Wetlands in California’s Great Central Valley: The Struggle for the Grassland Wetlands.” American Society for Environmental History. Providence, Rhode Island. March 2003.
"The Tragedy at Kesterson Reservoir: A Lesson in Ecological Complexity.” American Society for Environmental History. Tacoma, Washington. March 2000.
Faculty Research Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, CSU Stanislaus (2010-2011)
Junior Faculty with Exceptional Promise Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, CSU Stanislaus (2009-2010)
Faculty Development Grant, CSU Stanislaus (2007-2008)
Outstanding Student-Organization Advisor of the Year Award, for the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, CSU Stanislaus (2007-2008)
Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2003-2006)
Graduate Student Travel Grant, American Society for Environmental History (2003)
Challenges to California’s Natural Resources Grant, University of California at Davis (2002-2003)
Wilbur R. Jacobs Research Fellowship, Huntington Library (2002)
Graduate Student Research Grant, Society of Wetland Scientists (2002)
Reed-Smith Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California at Davis (2001-2002)
Agricultural History Center Dissertation Research Grant, University of California at Davis (2001)
President’s Predoctoral Fellowship, University of California at Davis (1996-2000)
Fellowship for Outstanding Secondary School Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities (1991)
American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Western History Association
American Society for Environmental History
Ecological Society of America
Society of Wetland Scientists
Society for the History of Technology
History of Science Society
Society for Conservation Biology
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences