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Kenneth M. Sylvester's Select Publications


Gutmann, Myron, G.D. Deane, Kenneth M. Sylvester, and E.R. Merchant. 2011. Navigating Time and Space in Population Studies. New York : Springer. Abstract.

Sylvester, Kenneth M. 2001. The Limits of Rural Capitalism: Family, Culture, and Markets in Montcalm, Manitoba, 1870-1940. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Abstract.

Journal Articles

Sylvester, Kenneth M., Daniel G. Brown, G. Deane, and R. Kornak. 2013. "Land transitions in the American plains: Multilevel modeling of drivers of grassland conversion (1956-2006)." Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 168: 7-15. PMCID: PMC3634617. DOI. Abstract.

Sylvester, Kenneth M., and E.S A. Rupley. 2012. "Revising the Dust Bowl: High Above the Kansas Grasslands." Environmental History, 17(3): 603-633. DOI. Abstract.

Maxwell, S., and Kenneth M. Sylvester. 2012. "Identification of "ever-cropped" land (1984-2010) using Landsat annual maximum NDVI image composites: Southwestern Kansas case study." Remote Sensing of Environment, 121: 186-195. PMCID: PMC3298121. DOI. Abstract.

Sylvester, Kenneth M., and Geoff Cunfer. 2009. "An Unremembered Diversity: Mixed Husbandry and the American Grasslands." Agricultural History, 83(3): 352-383. PMCID: PMC2766303. DOI. Abstract.

Sylvester, Kenneth M. 2009. "Review: Farmers ‘Making Good’: The Development of Abernethy District, Saskatchewan, 1880–1930." Canadian Historical Review, 90(2): 351-353.

Sylvester, Kenneth M. 2009. "Ecological Frontiers on the Grasslands of Kansas: Changes in Farm Scale and Crop Diversity." Journal of Economic History, 69(4): 1041-1062. PMCID: PMC2835352. DOI. Abstract.

Sylvester, Kenneth M., Susan Hautaniemi Leonard, and Myron Gutmann. 2006. "Demography and Environment in Grassland Settlement: Using Linked Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Data to Explore Household/Agricultural Systems." History and Computing, 14(1&2): 31-60.

Sylvester, Kenneth M. 2003. "Immigrant Parents, Ethnic Children, and Family Formation in the Early Prairie West." Canadian Historical Review, 84(4): 585-612. Abstract.

Sylvester, Kenneth M. 2001. "All Things Being Equal: Land Ownership and Ethnicity in Rural Canada, 1901." Histoire Sociale-Social History, 34(67): 35-59. Abstract.

Sylvester, Kenneth M. 2001. "Household Composition and Canada's Rural Capitalism: The Extent of Rural Labor Markets in 1901." Journal of Family History, 26(9): 289-309. Abstract.

Sylvester, Kenneth M. 2000. "Rural land in the 1901 census: inequality, gender and property." Historical Methods, 33(4): 243-246. Abstract.


Leonard, Susan Hautaniemi, Myron Gutmann, Glenn D. Deane , and Kenneth M. Sylvester. 2010. "Drought and the Lifecycle/Landuse Trajectory in Agricultural Households." In Demographic Responses to Economic and Environmental Crises, Proceedings of the IUSSP Seminar May 21-23, 2009, Reitaku University edited by Satomi Kuroso, Tommy Bengtsson and Cameron Campbell. Kashiwa, Japan: Reitaku University.

Sylvester, Kenneth M., and Myron Gutmann. 2008. "Changing Agrarian Landscapes Across America: A Comparative Perspective." In Agrarian Landscapes in Transition edited by Charles Redman and David Foster. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sylvester, Kenneth M., and Myron Gutmann. 2008. "Dustbowl Legacies: Long Term Change and Resilience in the Shortgrass Steppe." In Agrarian Landscapes in Transition edited by Charles Redman and David Foster. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sylvester, Kenneth M. 2007. "Rural to Urban Migration: Finding Household Complexity in a New World Environment." In Household Counts: Canadian Households and Families in 1901 edited by Peter Baskerville and Eric W. Sager. 147-179. University of Toronto Press.

Sylvester, Kenneth M., and C.L. Redman. 2007. "Integrating the Biophysical and Social Sciences." In Managing Agricultural Landscapes for Environmental Quality: Strengthening the Science Base edited by Schnepf, Max and Craig Cox. Ames, Iowa: Soil and Water Conservation Society.