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Guy McPherson is the world's leading authority on the topic of abrupt climate change leading to near-term human extinction. He is professor emeritus of conservation biology at the University of Arizona, where he taught and conducted research for twenty award-winning years. His scholarly work has produced 14 books and hundreds of articles. It has also generated hate mail from across the political spectrum, and the titles of "anarchist" and "eco-terrorist" from high-ranking members of the Obama administration. He has been featured in several documentary films, including National Geographic's Bill Nye's Global Meltdown

Born in 1960 in the heart of the Aryan Nation -- northern Idaho -- McPherson grew up in a small, backwoods, redneck logging town. Surrounded by the bounty and beauty of the natural world, he grew up hunting and fishing, and witnessed the final years of the age of economic expansion, along with the final log drive down the Clearwater River.

McPherson received a forestry degree at the University of Idaho, and paid his way through college as a wildland firefighter. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Texas Tech University and, following a brief postdoctoral experience at the University of Georgia and a visiting assistant professor position at Texas A & M University, he began his tenure-track experience in Tucson. McPherson was promoted to full professor before he turned 40 years of age.

During his tenure in Tucson, McPherson also taught at the University of California in Berkeley, Grinnell College in Iowa, and Southern Utah University. He was the inaugural director of the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program, which is administered by the Society for Conservation Biology. His pioneering activities in the classroom and in the field led to opportunities to speak at many colleges and universities, and garnered numerous accolades (e.g.,

Horrified by American Empire and his role within it, the professor left active service at the university in 2009. Only 49 years of age when he assumed emeritus status, McPherson established a homestead in rural, southern New Mexico. In 2016 he moved to Belize Central America where he helped establish a permaculture homestead at Stardust Sanctuary with Pauline Schneider.  In the fall of 2018 he moved to Westchester, New York where he continues his prolific writing and public speaking and is available for lectures in the NYC and surrounding area. 


guymcpherson coming-events

Look for upcoming Eventbrite links!

Available for lectures in NYC area. 


4 April 2019, 7:00 p.m., Murie Auditorium, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska

5 April 2019, 7:00 p.m., Schaible Auditorium, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska

20 April 2019, 4:00 p.m., Resource Center for Nonviolence, seats 60,

 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, California

22 April 2019, Sun Gallery,  Seats 60 

 1015 E Street, Hayward, California OR Marin County, California, details forthcoming

April 23 and 24, chickenfoot ranch, colfax, Ca 

Details TBA

24 April 2019, Presentation by Matthew Fox at the Berkeley Yacht Club, 1 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, California. Dr. McPherson will be in the audience, and will participate in the post-presentation discussion.

26 April 2019,  Sun Gallery,  Seats 60 

 1015 E Street, Hayward, California OR Marin County, California, details forthcoming. 

28 April 2019, 6:00 p.m., Pageant Theater, seats 88

 351 East 6th Street, Chico, California

29 April 2019, time to be determined, Black Bird Books, seats 25

 1431 Park Avenue, Chico, California

30 April 2019, Ashland, Oregon, ven

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