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John Briggs

John Briggs
Professor, Division of Biology, Kansas State University
Director, Konza Prairie Biological Station, Kansas State University

jbriggs@ksu.edu
785-532-0140

Konza Prairie Biological Station
Kansas State University
218 Bushnell Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
USA

Briggs has been involved with the Konza Prairie Long Term Ecological Research project since 1984. He served as Program Director of Ecology at the National Science Foundation and was a Research Professor at Kansas State University before coming to Arizona State University in 1999. We are investigating the following projects: 1. Ecosystems in Transition: Causes and Consequences of Dramatic Shifts in Growth Form Dominance. 2. Long-Term Ecological Research in Tallgrass Prairie: The Konza Prairie LTER Program. A comprehensive long-term ecological research program is being conducted at the Konza Prairie LTER site in NE Kansas. 3. The role of humans in structuring plant communities.

PhD, Zoology, University of Arkansas, 1985

MS, Biology (with Honors), Pittsburg State University, 1980

BS, Biology (minor Chemistry), Pittsburg State University, 1978

Journal Articles

2013

Hall, S. J., J. Trujillo, D. K. Nakase, C. A. Strawhacker, M. Kruse-Peeples, H. Schaafsma and J. M. Briggs. 2013. Legacies of prehistoric agricultural practices within plant and soil properties across an arid ecosystem. Ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s10021-013-9681-0. (link )

2009

Walker, J. S., N. B. Grimm, J. M. Briggs, C. Gries and L. Dugan. 2009. Effects of urbanization on plant species diversity in central Arizona. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7(9):465-470. DOI: 10.1890/080084. (link )

2008

Grimm, N. B., S. H. Faeth, N. E. Golubiewski, C. L. Redman, J. Wu, X. Bai and J. M. Briggs. 2008. Global change and the ecology of cities. Science 319(5864):756-760. (link )

Walker, J. S., R. C. Balling, J. M. Briggs, M. V. Katti, P. S. Warren and E. A. Wentz. 2008. Birds of a feather: Interpolating distribution patterns of urban birds. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 32(1):19-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2007.02.001. (link )

2007

Briggs, J. M., H. Schaafsma and D. Trenkov. 2007. Woody vegetation expansion in a desert grassland: Prehistoric human impact?. Journal of Arid Environment 69(3):458-472. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2006.10.012. (link )

Schaafsma, H. and J. M. Briggs. 2007. Hohokam silt capturing technology: Silt fields in the northern Phoenix basin. Kiva 72(4):443-469.

Walker, J. S. and J. M. Briggs. 2007. An object-oriented approach to urban forest mapping with high-resolution, true-color aerial photography. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 73(5):577-583. (link )

2006

Briggs, J. M., K. A. Spielmann, H. Schaafsma, K. W. Kintigh, M. Kruse, K. Morehouse and K. Schollmeyer. 2006. Why ecology needs archaeologists and archaeology needs ecologists. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4(4):180-188. DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295(2006)004[0180:WENAAA]2.0.CO;2. (link )

Books

1998

Knapp, A. K., J. M. Briggs, D. C. Harnett and S. L. Collins. 1998. Grassland dynamics: Long-term ecological research in Tallgrass Prairies. Oxford University Press. Oxford and New York.

Book Chapters

2010

Kruse, M., H. Schaafsma, K. A. Spielmann and J. M. Briggs. 2010. Landscape legacies of prehistoric agriculture land-use in the Perry Mesa region, Central Arizona. In: Dean, R. ed., Anthropogenic Landscapes: Archaeological Perspectives. Southern Illinois University Press.

2007

Knapp, A. K., J. M. Briggs, D. L. Childers and O. E. Sala. 2007. Estimating aboveground net primary production in grassland- and herbaceous-dominated ecosystems. Pp. 27-48 In: Fahey, T. J. and A. K. Knapp eds., Principles and Standards for Measuring Primary Production (Long-Term Ecological Research Network). Oxford University Press.

Posters

2008

Schaafsma, H., J. M. Briggs, C. L. Redman, S. J. Hall and W. Russell. 2008. Defining gradients of prehistoric landscape modification in agricultural features. Poster presented at the 9th annual symposium of Graduates in Earth, Life and Social Sciences (GELSS), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Schaafsma, H., J. M. Briggs, C. L. Redman, S. J. Hall and W. Russell. 2008. Defining gradients of prehistoric landscape modification in agricultural features. Poster presented March 19 at the 20th Anniversary Southwest Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Schaafsma, H., M. Kruse, W. Russel, J. M. Briggs, K. A. Spielmann and S. J. Hall. 2008. Ancient agriculture of the Perry Mesa tradition in central Arizona: Interpreting ancient land-use and modern landscapes. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2007

Ontl, T. A., H. Schaafsma, S. J. Hall and J. M. Briggs. 2007. Legacies of prehistoric agriculture on herbaceous plant community composition in a desert grassland. Poster presented at the Ecological Society of America/Society of Ecological Restoration International 91st Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN.

Ontl, T. A., H. Schaafsma, S. J. Hall and J. M. Briggs. 2007. Legacies of prehistoric agriculture on herbaceous plant community composition in a desert grassland. Poster presented at the August 6-10, 2007 Ecological Restoration in a Changing World at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America held with the Society for Ecological Restoration 18th International Conference, San Jose, CA.

Schaafsma, H. and J. M. Briggs. 2007. Examining the creation of alternate stable states in herbaceous community structure on ancient agricultural fields. Poster presented at the Ecological Society of America/Society of Ecological Restoration International 91st Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN.

Schaasfma, H. and J. M. Briggs. 2007. Examining the creating of alternate stable states in herbaceous community structure on ancient agricultural fields. Poster presented at the August 6-10, 2007 Ecological Restoration in a Changing World at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America held with the Society for Ecological Restoration 18th International Conference, San Jose, CA.

2006

Bang, C., R. J. Bills, J. M. Briggs, M. A. Diiorio, L. Dugan, R. E. Erickson, S. R. Earl, S. H. Faeth, M. J. Feldner, C. Gries, N. B. Grimm, E. J. Holmes, D. Hope, J. P. Kaye, A. P. Kinzig, C. Kochert, A. Majumdar, C. L. Redman, E. Shock, Q. Stewart, J. C. Stutz, M. S. Tseng, J. S. Walker, S. Whitcomb and X. Zhuo. 2006. Survey 200: CAP LTER's approach to extensive field monitoring. Poster presented at the 20-23 September 2006 LTER All Scientist Meeting, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO. (link )

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, J. M. Briggs, C. Gries, M. M. Elser, B. Bolin, J. O. Allen, S. L. Harlan, S. H. Faeth, J. M. Anderies, J. C. Stutz, C. A. Martin, P. K. Westerhoff, R. Arrowsmith, J. A. Zehnder, J. Wu and A. P. Kinzig. 2006. Central Arizona -- Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Project. Poster presented at the September 20-23 LTER All Scientist Meeting, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO.

Kruse, M., H. Schaafsma, K. Schollmeyer, J. M. Briggs, K. Horn, K. W. Kintigh, C. Lai, K. A. Spielmann and C. Wichlacz. 2006. Legacies on the landscape: Integrating ecology and archaeology on the Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Kruse, M., H. Schaafsma, K. Schollmeyer, J. M. Briggs, K. Horn, K. W. Kintigh, R. Lai and K. A. Spielmann. 2006. Legacies on the landscape: Integrating ecology and archaeology on the Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona. Poster presented February at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Graduates in Life, Earth and Social Sciences Research Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Schaafsma, H., K. Johnson and J. M. Briggs. 2006. Messages from the past: How modern landscapes reveal prehistoric land use patterns. Poster presented at February 2006, 7th Annual Meeting of the Graduates in Earth, Life, and Social Sciences Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Schaafsma, H., K. Johnson and J. M. Briggs. 2006. Messages from the past: How modern landscapes reveal prehistoric land use patterns. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2005

Schaafsma, H. and J. M. Briggs. 2005. Legacies of farming in central Sweden: An archaeological perspective on modern plant communities. Poster presented at the 19 January 2005 CAP LTER Seventh Annual Poster Symposium, International Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Schollmeyer, K., J. M. Briggs, K. Horn, K. W. Kintigh, M. Kruse, C. Lai, H. Schaafsma, K. A. Spielmann and C. Wichlacz. 2005. Legacies on the landscape: Integrating ecology and archaeology on the Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona. Poster presented March 31-April 3 at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Salt Lake City, UT.

2004

Gries, C., D. Hope, L. B. Stabler, A. Stiles, C. A. Martin and J. M. Briggs. 2004. The manmade plant communities in the CAP LTER area. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. (link )

Schaafsma, H. and J. M. Briggs. 2004. The Sonoran desert: A palimpsest of prehistoric human activities. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual Meeting of the CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. (link )

Schaafsma, H. and J. M. Briggs. 2004. The Sonoran desert: A palimpsest of prehistoric human activities. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Symposium of the United States Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology Las Vegas, NV.

Walker, J. S. and J. M. Briggs. 2004. Hierarchical image analysis of Phoenix. Poster presented 20 February 2004, Graduates in Earth, Life, and Social Sciences Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Walker, J. S. and J. M. Briggs. 2004. Hierarchical image analysis of Phoenix's urban forest structure. Poster presented at July 30-August 7, 2004, 89th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR. (link )

Walker, J. S. and J. M. Briggs. 2004. Remote sensing of Phoenix's urban forest with high-resolution aerial photography. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ.

2003

Schaafsma, H. and J. M. Briggs. 2003. The ecological legacy of prehistoric Hohokam agriculture in Arizona. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Tucson, AZ.

Schaafsma, H., K. Gade and J. M. Briggs. 2003. Anthropogenic changes in the Sonoran Desert landscape from prehistory to the present. Poster presented at September 18-21, 2003, Annual Meeting of the Long Term Research Network All Scientist Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Schaafsma, H., K. Gade and J. M. Briggs. 2003. Changes in the Sonoran desert landscape from prehistory to the present. Poster presented at September 18-21, 2003, Long Term Ecological Research Network, All Scientists Meeting, Seattle WA.

Schaafsma, H., K. Johnson and J. M. Briggs. 2003. The palimpsest landscape: Ancient land use intensities revealed by modern soils and plant communities. Poster presented January at the 5th Annual Meeting of the CAP LTER Research Poster Symposium, International Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Walker, J. S., J. M. Briggs and C. Gries. 2003. Socio-economic influences on urban forest structure in Phoenix. Poster presented September 2004 at the annual LTER All Scientists Meeting, Seattle, WA.

2002

Schaafsma, H. and J. M. Briggs. 2002. Agricultural perturbations and the herbaceous legacy of the prehistoric Hohokam people in Arizona. Poster presented at the 4-9 August 2002 87th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Tucson, AZ.

Schaafsma, H. and J. M. Briggs. 2002. The ecological legacy of prehistoric Hohokam agriculture in Arizona. Poster presented at the 87th Ecological Society of America annual meeting Tucson, AZ.

Wentz, E. A., J. R. Anderson, W. L. Stefanov and J. M. Briggs. 2002. Desert fire history and effects on the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area. Poster presented at January 17, 2002, CAP LTER Fourth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2001

Martin, C. A., T. A. Day, J. M. Briggs, J. C. Stutz and M. R. Sommerfeld. 2001. Primary productivity at the CAP LTER. Poster presented at the January 19, 2001, CAP LTER Third Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. (link )

Presentations

2008

Hall, S. J., H. Schaafsma, J. Trujillo and J. M. Briggs. 2008. Legacies of prehistoric agriculture in the arid US Southwest. Presentation at the August 3-8, 93rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Milwaukee, WI; Symposium "Combining Archaeological and Ecological Perspectives to Understand the Reciprocal Dynamics of People Ecosystems that Sustain Them".

Spielmann, K. A., J. M. Briggs, S. J. Hall, M. Kruse and H. Schaafsma. 2008. Legacies on the landscape: The enduring effects of long-term human-ecosystem interactions. Presentation March 19 at the 20th Anniversary Southwest Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Spielmann, K. A., H. Schaafsma, J. M. Briggs, S. J. Hall and M. Kruse. 2008. Legacies on the landscape: The enduring effects of long-term human-ecosystem interactions. Presentation at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology meeting. Vancouver, BC Canada.

2007

Schaafsma, H. and J. M. Briggs. 2007. Patterns of modern & ancient societies: Learning from plants and soils. Presentation at the Arizona Master Gardeners Meeting Phoenix, AZ.

Schaafsma, H. and J. M. Briggs. 2007. Patterns of modern & ancient societies: Learning from plants and soils. Presentation May 9, 2007 at the Arizona Master Gardener meeting, Phoenix, AZ.

Schaafsma, H., J. M. Briggs and S. J. Hall. 2007. Legacies on the landscape: On-going research on Perry Mesa. Presentation at the Arizona Archaeological Society meeting, Glendale, AZ.

Schaafsma, H., J. M. Briggs and S. J. Hall. 2007. Legacy effects of prehistoric landscape management on Perry Mesa. Presentation at the Gila River Indian Community Cultural Resource Management Program, Sacaton, AZ.

Schaafsma, H., J. M. Briggs, S. J. Hall and K. A. Spielmann. 2007. Prehistoric anthropogenic changes in the Arizona landscape. Presentation as Key Note Address at the Southwest Vegetation Management Associations Annual Conference, Tucson, AZ.

Schaafsma, H., M. Kruse, J. M. Briggs, S. J. Hall and K. A. Spielmann. 2007. News from the landscape: Ongoing research on the Perry Mesa Culture of Central Arizona. Presentation at the 80th Pecos Conference, Pecos NM.

Walker, J. S. and J. M. Briggs. 2007. Money grows trees: a socio-ecological path analysis. Presentation at the August 6-10, 2007 Ecological Restoration in a Changing World at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America held in conjunction with the Society for Ecological Restoration 18th International Conference, San Jose, CA.

2006

Schaafsma, H., J. M. Briggs and K. Johnson. 2006. Soils matter! Ecological legacies on centuries old agricultural terraces in the Sonoran Desert created by permanently altered soils. Presentation August 6-11 at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Memphis, TN.

Schaafsma, H., J. M. Briggs and M. Kruse. 2006. Reading modern plant communities to learn about the past: Legacies of prehistoric farming in the Sonoran Desert. Presentation June 15-17at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference, Glendale, AZ.

Walker, J. S., L. Dugan, C. Gries and J. M. Briggs. 2006. Urban succession: Phoenix. Presentation at the 6-11 August 2006 symposium, "The Urban Food Web: How Humans Alter the State and Interactions of Trophic Dynamics" at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Memphis, TN.

2005

Walker, J. S. and J. M. Briggs. 2005. An object-oriented classification of an arid urban forest with true-color aerial photography. Presentation14-16 March 2005, 5th International Symposium of Remote Sensing of Urban Areas, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Walker, J. S. and J. M. Briggs. 2005. Successional dynamics of the urban forest in the Phoenix metropolitan. Presentation 7-12 August 2005 90th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Montreal, Canada.

2004

Gries, C., D. Hope, B. Stabler, C. A. Martin and J. M. Briggs. 2004. The manmade plant communities in a desert city. Presentation at the 21 February 2004, CAP LTER 1st Annual Urban Community Ecology Symposium, Tempe, AZ.

2003

Gries, C., D. Hope, L. B. Stabler, C. A. Martin and J. M. Briggs. 2003. The manmade plant communities in a desert city. Presented at 3-8 August 2003, 88th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Savannah, GA.

Schaafsma, H. and J. M. Briggs. 2003. A legacy on the modern landscape of prehistoric farming in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Presentation 3-8 August at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Savannah, GA.

2000

Baker, L. A., D. Hope, N. B. Grimm, C. A. Martin, J. M. Briggs and J. M. Klopatek. 2000. Carbon cycling in the central Arizona-Phoenix ecosystem: Advances in ecosystem carbon inventory, measurement, and monitoring. Presented October 2000 to USDA Forest Service, Raleigh, NC.

Conference Papers

2005

Walker, J. S. and J. M. Briggs. 2005. An object-oriented classification of an arid urban forest with true-color aerial photography. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Proceedings of the March 14-16, 2005 ISPRS WG VII/1 Human Settlements and Impact Analysis 3rd International Symposium.

2001

Wentz, E. A., J. R. Anderson, W. L. Stefanov and J. M. Briggs. 2001. Desert fire history and effects on the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area. Pp. 154-158 Rome, Italy.