David R. Butler



University Distinguished Professor




Texas State University—San Marcos


Dr. David R. Butler is the Texas State University System Regents’ Professor of geography, and a University Distinguished Professor at Texas State University-San Marcos where he has been on faculty since 1997. His research interests are in the areas of mountain geomorphology, zoogeomorphology, biogeomorphology, and dendrogeomorphology, focusing his work in the Glacier National Park region of Montana, USA. He has published over 150 refereed papers in journals and conference volumes, and more than 35 book chapters. He is the author of "Zoogeomorphology – Animals as Geomorphic Agents" (Cambridge University Press, 1995 and 2007), and co-editor of "Tree Rings and Natural Hazards" (Springer, 2010), "The Changing Alpine Treeline – The Example of Glacier National Park, Montana" (Elsevier, 2009), and "Mountain Geomorphology – Integrating Earth Systems" (Elsevier, 2003). He has received the G.K. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphological Research and the Mel Marcus Distinguished Career Award from the Geomorphology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and the Distinguished Career Award and the Outstanding Recent Accomplishment Award from the AAG’s Mountain Geography Specialty Group. David holds a B.A> and M.Sc. in geography from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the Ph.D. in geography from the University of Kansas.