ESS Mailing Address
Research Groups: Geomorphology, Quaternary Research, Planetary Sciences, Planetary Surfaces
Areas of Interest:
Geomorphology (fluvial, hillslope, tectonic, and planetary)
Ph.D., Geomorphology, University of California, Berkeley
Current Research Interests:
David R. Montgomery studies the evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. He received his B.S. in geology at Stanford University (1984) and his Ph.D. in geomorphology from UC Berkeley (1991). His published work includes studies of the evolution and near-extirpation of salmon, fluvial and hillslope processes in mountain drainage basins, the evolution of mountain ranges (Cascades, Andes, and Himalaya), and the analysis of digital topography. Current research includes field projects in eastern Tibet and the Pacific Northwest of North America.
Schmidt, Kevin M., 1994, M.S., Mountain Scale Strength Properties, Deep-Seated Landsliding and Relief Limits; 1999, Ph.D., Root Strength, Colluvial Soil Depth, and Colluvial Transport on Landslide-Prone Hillslopes.
Buffington, John M., 1995, M.S., Effects of Hydraulic Roughness and Sediment Supply on Surface Textures of Gravel-Bedded Rivers; 1998, Ph.D. The Use of Streambed Texture to Interpret Physcial and Biological Conditions at Waterhsed, Reach, and Subreach Scales.
Stock, Jonathan D., 1996, M.S., Can we Predict Bedrock River Incision Using the Stream Power Law?
Massong, Tamara, 1998, M.S. Influence of Lithology and Sediment Supply on the Distribution of Bedrock and Alluvial Channels.
Stover, Shannon, 1998, M.S., Channel Response and Flooding, Skokomish River, Washington.
Hayes, Shannon, 1999, M.S., Low-flow Sediment Transport on the Pasig-Potrero Alluvial Fan, Mount Pinatubo, Philippines.
Schaub, Tim, 1999, M.S. Incorporating Root Strength Estimates into a Landscape-scale Slope Stability Model through Forest Stand Age Inversion from Remotely Sensed Data
Abbe, Tim B., 2000, Ph.D., Patterns, Mechanics and Geomorphic Effects of Wood Debris Accumulations in a Forest River System.
Root, Chrysten, 2001, M.S., Geochemical Investigations of Landscape Evolution in Oregon and Hawaii.
Finlayson, David, 2001, M.S., Spatial Coincidence of Erosional and Metamorphic Hotspots in the Himalayas.
Aalto, R., 2002, Ph.D., Geomorphic Form and Process of Sediment Flux within an Active Orogen: Denudation of the Bolivian Andes and Sediment Conveyance across the Beni Foreland (co-chair with T. Dunne)
Gran, Karen, Ph.D. candidate, River Recovery at Mount Pinatubo, Philippines.
Mitchell, Sara, Ph.D. candidate, Uplift and Erosion of the Washington Cascades.
Bunn, Jeremy, M.S. candidate, Influence of Wood Debris on Debris Flow Runout.
Brummer, Chris, Ph.D. candidate, Downstream Coarsening in Headwater Channels.
Collins, Brian, Ph.D. candidate, Historical Ecology of Puget Sound Rivers.
Anders, Alison, Ph.D. candidate, Meteorology of Metamorphism (co-advised with B. Hallet and G. Roe).
Noah Finnegan, Ph.D. candidate, Geomorphology of Namche Barwa (co-chair with B. Hallet).
Byron Amerson, M.S. candidate, Geomorphic Influences on Aquatic Ecology, Idaho.
Montgomery, D. R., 2012, The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood, W. W. Norton, New York. Montgomery, D. R., 2007, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, University of California Press, Berkeley, 285 p. (translated into Japanese, German, Turkish, Korean, and Estonian). Montgomery, D. R., 2003, King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon, Westview Press, Boulder, 290 p. Larson, I., and Montgomery, D. R., Landslide erosion coupled to tectonics and river incision, Nature Geoscience, v. 5, p. 468-473, 2012. Montgomery, D. R., Bandfield, J. L., and Becker, S. K., Periodic bedrock ridges on Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, v. 117, E03005, doi:10.1029/2011JE003970, 2012. Montgomery, D. R., and Korup, O., Preservation of inner gorges through Alpine glaciations, Nature Geoscience, v. 4, p. 62-67, 2011.