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Laurence (Larry) C. Becker

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Professor / Director of Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program
Discipline: Geography, Environmental Sciences, and Marine Resource Management
Office: Wilkinson 238
Phone: 541-737-9504
Fax: 541-737-1200
Email: beckerla@geo.oregonstate.edu

Specialty

Agricultural and food systems, development, Africa (Mali and Côte d'Ivoire)

Research Interests

Agrarian change and natural resource management

Education

BA Geography, University of California at Berkeley, 1981
MA Education, Stanford University, 1982
PhD Geography, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 1989

Experience

Post-doc, West African Rice Development Association (WARDA)
Cote d'Ivoire (now called the Africa Rice Center)

Courses

GEO 105 - Geography of the Non-Western World
GEO 106 - Geography of the Western World
GEO 325 - Geography of Africa
GEO 330 - Geography of International Development and Globalization
GEO 426/526 - Global Resources and Development
GEO 449/549 - Geography of Food and Agriculture
GEO 515 - History and Philosophy of Geography

Graduate Students

Wood, Doug. Masters of Science, 2014.
How Well Do American Viticultural Areas Correspond with the Soil Classes in Oregon's Northern Willamette Valley? A Question for the Wine Industry

Edstrom, Jill. Masters of Science, 2013.
Comparative Analysis of Google Earth Versus Traditional Paper Maps in Middle School Science Education

Davis, Ellen. Masters of Science, 2013.
Effects of Land Use policy on Urban Growth Rates in the Willamette Valley, Oregon

Latta, Brian. Masters of Science, 2012.
The Effectiveness of the Spatial Assimilation Theory in Describing Current Settlement Patterns of Polish Immigrants in Portland, Oregon

Bucklin, David. Masters of Science, 2010.
Protected-Area Effectiveness near Dynamic Colonization Zones: Forest Clearance in and around Amboro National Park, Bolivia

Loynes, Katy. Master's of Science, 2008.
Land Trusts in the New West: Conserving and Responding to Local Geographies?

Ndzeidze, Stephen. Master's of Science, 2008.
Detecting Changes in a Wetland: Using Multi-Spectral and Temporal Landsat in the Upper Noun Valley Drainage Basin, Cameroon

Bernard, Mark. Master's of Science, 2007.
Determining Relative Benefits to Communities from Urban and Agricultural Land Use Change in Napa County, California

Wade, Michael. Master's of Science, 2007.
Evaluation of Deforestation in the Rio Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras

Anderson, Carl. Master's of Science, 2007.
Change Detection of Land Cover in a Meadow Landscape, the "Ranches" Meadow, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Publications

Becker, Laurence. 2013. Land sales and the transformation of social relations and landscape in peri-urban Mali. Geoforum 46: 113-123.

Moseley, William: Carney, Judith; and Becker, Laurence. 2010. Neoliberal policy, rural livelihoods and urban food security in West Africa: a comparative study of the Gambia, Côte d'Ivoire, and Mali. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 107 (13): 5774-5779.

Becker, Laurence and Yoboué, N'guessan. 2009. Rice Producer -- Processor Networks in Côte d'Ivoire. Geographical Review 99 (2): 164-185.

Becker, Laurence and Yoboué, N'guessan. 2004. Le riz dans l'ancienne "Boucle du cacao" de Côte d'Ivoire. Autrepart 31:133-150.

Becker, Laurence. 2001. Seeing green in Mali's woods: Colonial legacy, forest use, and local control. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 91(3):504-526.

Becker, Laurence. 2000. Garden money buys grain: Food procurement patterns in a Malian village. Human Ecology 28(2):219-250.