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Kenneth M. Sylvester

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Adjunct Research Associate Professor, History, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Michigan, Flint.

Research Associate Professor, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research.

Ph.D., York University

Dr. Sylvester studies demographic and socioeconomic behavior in relation to environmental change. A historian by training, Sylvester uses census microdata, geo-spatial data, multivariate and simulation methods to study human-environment relationships, adaptive behavior, agrarian society and environmental impacts, mainly in western North America. Sylvester serves as PI and co-investigator on several awards (NIH, NSF and SSHRC), including the recently funded "Sustaining Populations and Landscapes at Risk." He also serves as incoming co-editor, with J. David Hacker, of the interdisciplinary journal Historical Methods.

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Books

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

Journal Articles

Marull, Joan, Geoff Cunfer, Kenneth M. Sylvester, and Enric Tello. Forthcoming. "A landscape ecology assessment of land-use change on the Great Plains-Denver (CO, USA) metropolitan edge." Regional Environmental Change. DOI. Abstract.

Sylvester, Kenneth M., and Paul W. Rhode. 2017. "Making Green Revolutions: Kansas Farms, Recovery, and the New Agriculture, 1918-1981." Agricultural History, 91(3): 342-368. DOI. Abstract.

Gutmann, Myron, Daniel G. Brown, Susan Hautaniemi Leonard, Paul W. Rhode, Kenneth M. Sylvester, Angela R. Cunningham, James Dykes, Jani Little, et al. 2016. "Migration in the 1930s: Beyond the Dust Bowl." Social Science History, 40(4): 707-740. DOI. Abstract.

Sylvester, Kenneth M., Myron Gutmann, and Daniel G. Brown. 2016. "At the margins: agriculture, subsidies and the shifting fate of North America's native grassland." Population and Environment, 37(3): 362-390. DOI. Abstract.

Sylvester, Kenneth M., Daniel G. Brown, Susan Hautaniemi Leonard, Emily Merchant, and Meghan Hutchins. 2015. "Exploring agent-level calculations of risk and returns in relation to observed land-use changes in the US Great Plains, 1870-1940." Regional Environmental Change, 15(2): 301-315. PMCID: PMC4340090. DOI. Abstract.

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 and Environment, 168: 7-15. PMCID: PMC3634617. DOI. Abstract.

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