bill wyckoff

Professor of Geography

Contact Information

Office:   Traphagen Hall #205-205A
Phone:   (406) 994-6914

Office Hours:

Fall 2018: TR 3:15-5:00pm


B.A., Geography, California State Univ., Northridge, 1977
M.A., Geography, Syracuse Univ., 1979
Ph.D., Geography, Syracuse Univ., 1982

Courses Taught

GPHY 141 - World Regional Geography
GPHY 325 - Cultural Geography
GPHY 431 - Historical Geography
GPHY 425 - Geographic Thought
GPHY 503 - Settlement Geography

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the historical and cultural geography of the American West. Recent projects include an illustrated field guide to the American West (How to Read the American West: A Field Guide) and a book of rephotography focused on Montana's cultural landscape (On the Road Again: Montana’s Changing Landscape), both published with the University of Washington Press. Colorado has been another setting for several projects that center around the process of human landscape evolution in the West and I am currently working on another volume of rephotography focused on landscape change in Arizona. I also coauthor two textbooks on world regional geography.

Current Graduate Students

Robert Briwa  (Ph.D.)
Linnea Sando (Ph.D.)

Selected Books

  • 2014 How to Read The American West: A Field Guide, Seattle: University of Washington Press. Western Field Guide
  • 2015 Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall), 6th edition, with Rowntree, Lewis, and Price.
  • 2006 On the Road Again: Montana's Changing Landscape (Seattle: University of Washington Press)
  • 1999 Creating Colorado: The Making of a Western American Landscape, 1860-1940 (New Haven: Yale University Press).
  • 1995 The Mountainous West: Explorations in Historical Geography, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press), Edited with L. Dilsaver.
  • 1988 The Developer's Frontier: The Making of the Western New York Landscape (New Haven: Yale University Press).