Stephen J. Pyne

Regents' Professor; Distinguished Sustainability Scholar
Stephen J. Pyne
Phone: (480) 965-4092
Office: LSA 220
Education: PhD, 1976, University of Texas (Austin)
Curriculum Vitae: PDF icon pyne_s_cv.pdf
Faculty Group: Human Dimensions

Stephen J. Pyne has written 15 books on the history and management of wild land and rural fire, including big-screen surveys for the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe (including Russia), and the world generally, and is completing a fire history of the U.S. since 1960. His exploration research includes books on Antarctica, the Grand Canyon, and the Voyager mission. 

He teaches courses on fire, history of exploration and science, and environmental history. He is currently involved with ASU's Nonfiction Writing Initiative, to which he contributes two courses.

Select Publications

  • Fire: Nature and Culture (Reaktion Books, 2013)
  • Last Lost World: Ice Ages, Human Origins, and the Invention of the Pleistocene (Viking Penguins, 2012); co-authored with Lydia V. Pyne.
  • Voyager: Exploration, Space, and the Third Great Age of Discovery (Viking Penguins, 2010)
  • "Restoring the Narrative of American Environmental History," Restoration Ecology 21 (1), 2012: 6-11; co-authored with Ben Minteer.
  • “Forward Strategies,” The Daily Beast (29 June 2012);


  • pine plains
    Recent burn in New Jersey pine plains; note resprouting by pitch pine from branches and root collar. The scene comes from a study tour to the pine barrens, with interviews and library work, part of a current fire history of the U.S. since 1960. A resulting essay, "Bog and Burn," was published on the project website: