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David Shively
Office: Stone Hall 212
Phone: (406) 243-4302
Fax: 406-243-4840
Email: david.shively@umontana.edu
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Current Position:

Professor of Geography

President, UM University Faculty Association
Chair, Coalition of University Faculty, MEA-MFT
Coordinator, Community and Environmental Planning Undergraduate and Graduate Options in Geography
Faculty Member, Institute on Ecosystems


I am a broadly trained geographer who completed graduate work in the areas of geomorphology, riverine ecology, hydrology, watershed processes, land use and environmental planning, and in water resources planning and management.  My doctoral research focused on the regional dynamics and local effects of water right marketing in New Mexico’s Rio Grande Basin.  I have field experience in air quality surveys, fisheries, land use analysis, and fluvial geomorphology having worked on a number of projects throughout my career. I taught land use and environmental planning, physical, and human geography courses at Oregon State University (1999-2000), and at Central Michigan University (2000-2004) before coming to the University of Montana. 

Recent research projects include air toxics coming from snowmobiles in North America, water policy and planning in Montana, and integrated water resources managment in the Clark Fork River basin of Montana.  Current research projects are focused on freshwater ecosystem conservation and the geography of place, and the spatial diffusion of the McKenzie River Drift Boat in North America.  Geographic areas in which I have more expertise include North America (especially the western U.S.), the British Isles, France, Spain, and New Zealand.

Prospective graduate students who wish to work with me should have interests in the following areas:

  • Integrated land use planning, policy, and management;
  • Freshwater ecosystem conservation;
  • Integrated water resources policy and management;
  • Water policy in the western U.S.;
  • The geography of fisheries;
  • Sustainable design in mountain environments;
  • Spatial aspects of wildlife policy;
  • The geography of higher education in the US (I am involved with the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education).

Office Hours:

Fall 2014: T & R 11-12, 2-3, and by Appt.

Field Of Study:

Environmental Geography, Geomorphology, Spatial/Land Use Planning, Water Resources, Watershed Management.


GPHY 121S - Introduction to Human Geography
GPHY 335 - Water Policy
GPHY 465 - Planning Principles and Processes
GPHY 466 - Environmental Planning
GPHY 535 - Seminar in Water Resources
GPHY 560 - Seminar in Planning
GPHY 564 - Planning Design


Ph.D., Oregon State University, 1999
Geography (Major: Resource Geography; & Minors: Geographical Science Information & Technology, Integrated/Rural Communities)

M.S., Oregon State University, 1990
Geography (Major: Physical Geography; Integrated Minor in Watershed Science)

B.S., Eastern Oregon University (née: Eastern Oregon State College), 1987
Community Service-Environmental Studies


American Fisheries Society (AFS)
Association of American Geographers (AAG)

Specialized Skills:

Environmental Geography, Geomorphology, Spatial/Land Use Planning, Water Resources, Watershed Management.

International Experience:

As a youngster, I was fortunate to have traveled and lived overseas. Countries/Places included: Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Maylasia, Thailand, Nepal, India, Kenya, Israel, Italy, France.  More recent travels include significant time in the British Isles, France, Spain, Israel, Beijing, Tokyo, and New Zealand.

I am currently engaged in research in which I am investigating spatial planning, water management, and freshwater ecosystem conservation in the following countries: Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Spain, New Zealand, and the Pacific NW of the US.  For information on my travels, please see http://shiveblog.blogspot.com.

Selected Publications:

Hazard, Josh, and D. Shively.  2011.  Conjunctive Water Resources Management in the Western United States.  White paper for the Clark Fork River Basin Task Force and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Available: http://dnrc.mt.gov/wrd/water_mgmt/clarkforkbasin_taskforce/pdfs/conjunctive_watermgmt_western_us.pdf.

Shively, D., and G. Mueller. 2010. Montana’s Clark Fork River Basin Task Force: a vehicle for integrated water resources management? Environmental Management, 46(5): 671-684.

Zhou, Y., Shively, D., Mao, H., Russo, R., Pape, B., Mower, R.N., Varner, R., and Sive.  2010. Air Toxic Emissions from Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, Environ. Sci. Technol., 44:222-228.

Shively, D., Y. Zhou, and B.C. Sive.  2009.  Snowmobile pollution in North America: annual flux estimates of air toxics and implications for potential personal exposure in snowmobile dominated communities.  In Demidov, Sergey, and Jacques Bonnet, Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Internal Combustion Engines.  New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Petersen-Perlman, Jacob, and David Shively (Eds). 2009. Proceedings of the Montana Conjunctive Management Conference. Available: http://www.dnrc.mt.gov/wrd/water_mgmt/clarkforkbasin_taskforce/pdfs/conjunctive_mgmt_proceedings.pdf

Petersen-Perlman, J., and D. Shively.  2009.  Assessment of Municipal Water Rights in the Upper Clark Fork Basin.  A research report prepared for and reviewed by the Upper Clark Fork River Basin Steering Committee.

Shively, D., B. Pape, R. N. Mower, Y. Zhou, R. Russo, and B. Sive.  2008.  Blowing smoke in Yellowstone: Air quality impacts of oversnow motorized vehicle recreation in the Park.  Environmental Management  41(2): 183-199 (DOI 10.1007/s00267-007-9036-8).

Petersen-Perlman, Jacob, and David Shively (Eds).  2008.  Proceedings of the Water Supply and Growth in the Clark Fork River Basin Conference.  Available: http://dnrc.mt.gov/wrd/water_mgmt/clarkforkbasin_taskforce/pdfs/watersupply_growth_conference-proceedings.pdf.

Sive, B., Shively, D., and B. Pape.  2003.  “Spatial Variation of Volatile Organic Compounds Associated with Snowmobile Emissions in Yellowstone National Park.”  Peer reviewed research report submitted to the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.  October 25, 2003.  Available: http://www.nps.gov/yell/parkmgmt/upload/sive_report.pdf

Sive, B., Shively, D., and B. Pape.  2002.  “Spatial Variation and Characteristics of Volatile Organic Compounds Associated with Snowmobile Emissions in Yellowstone National Park.”  A Research Report Submitted to the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.  May 28, 2002.

Other Publications:

Shively, D.  2003.  Invited review of “Protected Areas and the Regional Planning Imperative in North America.”  Edited by J. G. Nelson, J. C. Day, Lucy M. Sportza, James Loucky, and Carlos Vasquez.  University of Calgary Press and Michigan State University Press.  2003.  Michigan Academician 35(4):495-497.

Shively, D.  2001.  Invited review of Terence Richard Lee’s (1999) “Water Management in the 21st Century: the Allocation Imperative,”  Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc.  Economic Geography, 77(4): 400-402.

Shively, D.  1999. Transfers of Water Rights in New Mexico’s Rio Grande Basin: Spatiotemporal and Sociocultural Patterns.  Ph.D. Dissertation.  Corvallis: Oregon State University Department of Geosciences.

Shively, D.  1993.  Landscape Change in the Tualatin Basin Following Euro-American Settlement.  Tualatin River Basin Water Resources Management Report Number 6.  Corvallis, OR: Oregon Water Resources Research Institute.

Shively, D.  1989.  Landsliding Processes Occurring on a McDonald-Dunn Forest Hillslope.  M.S. Research Paper.  Corvallis: Oregon State University Department of Geosciences.