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    Laurence 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.