From the 1890s through the 1930s, arid land scientists drew connections between US and African landscapes. As they studied desert nature at home and abroad, modified agricultural landscapes and collected and described species in the world’s deserts, they envisioned a global imaginary. This paper traces these connections and transformations, using the Sonoran Desert and US southwestern botanical scientists who traversed abroad - including William Cannon, Edgar Mearns, Robert Forbes and Homer Shantz - as case studies.
- Arid lands
- Sonoran desert
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Global and Planetary Change
- Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law