Professor of History, Department Chair
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
Fields of Interest:
Environmental History and Ecology
Global Climate Change and Climate History
History of the U.S. West Water History Nineteenth and Twentieth Century U.S. History
|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 Present|
|HIST 4590||The Role of Nature in U.S. History|
|HIST 4595||World Environmental History|
|HIST 4650||History of the American West|
|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 current research focuses on the human and ecological history of California and the U.S. West, including the responses of U.S. public lands management agencies to climate change, and the contested history and ecological significance of terminal lakes (i.e., those without a natural outlet) in the Great Basin. This work builds upon my earlier research that explored the history and ecology of California’s Great 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. My book on this subject, The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of California’s Great Central Valley (2011), 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.
Garone, Philip. 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:
Duffy, Walter, Philip Garone, et al. "Wetlands." in Ecosystems of California--A Source Book, Harold Mooney and Erika Zavaleta, eds., 669-692. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2016.
Garone, Philip. “Drought in California: Entering a New Water Future.” In Solutions 6, no. 5 (2015): 71–76.
Garone, Philip. “Managing the Garden: Agriculture, Reclamation, and Restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.” In Delta Protection Commission, “Delta Narratives: Saving the Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,” 1–79. Prepared by the Center for California Studies, California State University, Sacramento (West Sacramento: Delta Protection Commission, 2015).
Garone, Philip. “Mission Convergence?: Climate Change and the Management of U.S. Public Lands.” Environmental History 19, no. 2 (2014): 346-353.
Carey, Mark, and Philip Garone. “Forum Introduction.” In Mark Carey and Philip Garone, “Forum: Climate Change and Environmental History. Environmental History, 19, no. 2 (2014): 282–293.
Garone, Philip. “Kesterson Reservoir.” In Water Politics and the Environment in the United States, edited by Steven L. Danver and John R. Burch. 452-453. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2011.
Garone, Philip. “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.
Garone, Philip. “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.
Conference Paper Presentations:
"Teaching Water History." American Society for Environmental History. Columbus, Ohio. April 2019.
“Lessons from the Holocene: Adaptation, Resilience, and Vulnerability in the Great Basin of the American West.” American Society for Environmental History. Riverside, California. March 2018.
"Managing the Garden: Reclamation, Restoration, and Challenges in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta." CSU Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) Conference. Long Beach, California. April 2016.
“The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Retrieving History and Building Public Support for a Threatened Region.” American Society for Environmental History. Seattle, Washington. April 2016.
“More than H2O: Saving the History and Culture of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.” Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Policy Conference. Sacramento, California. June 2015.
Roundtable: “Challenges of Teaching Environmental History across Cultural, Disciplinary, and Ideological Divides.” American Society for Environmental History. San Francisco, California. March 2014.
“Mission Convergence: Climate Change and the Management of U.S. Public Lands.” Western History Association. Tucson, Arizona. October 2013.
“California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Formation and Obscuration of a Regional Identity.” American Historical Association. New Orleans, Louisiana. January 2013.
"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.
Grants and Awards:
Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Grant, CSU Stanislaus (2020-2021)
California Delta Protection Commission Grant, “Delta Narratives” Project (2014–2015)
Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Grant, CSU Stanislaus (2012–2013)
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 for the History of Technology