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David R. Montgomery

David R. Montgomery is professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington and a MacArthur Fellow.  He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies.  His published work includes studies of fluvial and hillslope processes in mountain drainage basins and the evolution of mountain ranges.  Current research includes field projects in eastern Tibet and the Pacific Northwest of North America. He has published more than 200 papers in the scientific literature. 
Among David’s popular books are Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, and most recently, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life Growing a Revolution was a finalist for the 2018 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.  His work has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs.
David received a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Geomorphology.