David R. Montgomery

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David R. Montgomery
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Occupation University of Washington professor
Education B.S., Stanford; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Subject Geology
Notable awards MacArthur Fellowship, 2008
Washington State Book Award, 2008

David R. Montgomery is a Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he leads the Geomorphological Research Group and is a member of the Quaternary Research Center.

Montgomery received his B.S. in geology from Stanford University in 1984, and his Ph.D. in geomorphology from University of California, Berkeley in 1991. His research addresses the evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. His published work includes studies of the role of topsoil in human civilization, the evolution and near-extirpation of salmon, morphological processes in mountain drainage basins, the evolution of mountain ranges, and the use of digital topography. He has conducted field research in eastern Tibet and the American Pacific Northwest.

In 2008 Montgomery received a MacArthur Fellowship. His book, "Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations" won the 2008 Washington State Book Award in General Nonfiction.[1]

Montgomery's 2012 book, "The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood" explores the relationship between catastrophic floods in the distant past, flood legends, "Noachian flood geology", and geologic discovery over the past several hundred years.

After the catastrophic Oso mudslide in Washington State in March, 2014, Montgomery appeared on various news segments to discuss the science behind landslides.[2] He appears in DamNation the 2014 documentary film about dam removal in the United States.

In 2015, Montgomery appeared, as a geologist, in the PBS documentary film, Making North America.

His most recent work, "The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health", a collaboration with Anne Bikle, will be released with W.W. Norton and Company in fall of 2015.


  1. ^ Washington State Book Award winners, The Seattle Times, September 26, 2008, retrieved 2011-01-06 
  2. ^ "UW geologist on Oso landslide". King 5 Television. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Montgomery, David, R (2007). Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-24870-8. 
  • Montgomery, David, R (2003). King of Fish: The Thousand-year Run of Salmon. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press. ISBN 0813341477. 
  • Montgomery, David, R (2012). The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood. New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN 9780393082395. 

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