Montana State University

Department of Earth Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173480
Bozeman, MT 59717-3480

Tel: (406) 994-3331
Fax: (406) 994-6923
Location: 226 Traphagen Hall

Department Chair

Dr. David Mogk

William K. Wyckoff

Professor of Geography

Contact Information

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

Office Hours: Fall 2014

TR 3:15 - 5:00 pm


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 141 Globalization Exercise
GPHY 325 - Curltural 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 a book of rephotography focused on Montana's cultural landscape. Colorado has been another setting for several projects that center around the process of human landscape evolution in the West. I also coauthor two textbooks on world regional geography.

Current Graduate Students

Matthew Fockler (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

2012 Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall), 5th 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).