Harris, David Russell

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_2276-2

Basic Biographical Information

David Harris is a leading authority in research into human ecology and agricultural origins. He was born in 1930 in London, England, and in 1950 commenced study of geography at Oxford University and in 1955 leading to a master’s thesis entitled Water Resources and Land Use in Tunisia. His growing interest in environmental diversity and the varied history of human land use took him to the University of California at Berkeley, where he engaged with the work and ideas of Carl Ortwin Sauer. His Ph.D. (1963) thesis entitled Plants, Animals, and Man in the Outer Leeward Islands, West Indies: An Ecological Study of Antigua, Barbuda, and Anguilla was the first of the many projects conducted during his career which took an ecological-historical approach to human land use.

After periods of lecturing at both Berkeley and London, in 1964 he took up a readership in geography at University College London. In 1980 he was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cambridge UniversityCambridgeUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Manuel Arroyo-Kalin
    • 1
  • Dorian Q. Fuller
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK