Faculty & Staff

David Shively

David Shively


Fax: (406) 243-4840
Email: david.shively@umontana.edu
Office: Stone Hall 212
Office Hours:

Spring 2021 - Remote Only!

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Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

  • Professor of Geography
  • Coordinator, Community and Environmental Planning Undergraduate and Graduate Options in Geography

Personal Summary

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, water resources planning and management, and rural studies.  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. 

Previous research projects include air pollution and toxics coming from snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, water policy and planning in Montana, integrated water resources management in the Clark Fork River basin of Montana, flood management, collaboration in the Columbia River Treaty review process, and flood hazard policy.  Geographic areas in which I have more expertise include North America (especially the western U.S.), the British Isles, France, Spain, and New Zealand.

I am not currently accepting new graduate students.


  • 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

Field of Study

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

Area of Expertise

Community, Landuse, & Environmental Planning; Higher Education and Labor Matters; Water Resources Management and Policy


  • GPHY 111N - Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GPHY 112N - Physical Geography Lab 
  • GPHY 121S - Introduction to Human Geography
  • GPHY 317 - Geomorphology
  • GPHY 335 - Water Policy
  • GPHY 421 - Sustainable Cities
  • GPHY 433 - Cultural Ecology (to be modified as "Community Resilience")
  • GPHY 465 - Planning Principles and Processes
  • GPHY 466 - Environmental Planning
  • GPHY 560 - Seminar in Planning
  • GPHY 564 - Planning Design

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.

Selected Publications

  • Thaler, Thomas, Shively, David, Petersen-Perlman, Slavikova, Lenka, and Thomas Hartman. 2019. Collective Choices Affecting Natural Hazards Governance, Risk, and Vulnerability. Oxford Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available: https://oxfordre.com/naturalhazardscience/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.001.0001/acrefore-9780199389407-e-142
  • Shively, D. 2017. Flood risk management in the United States: implications of National Flood Insurance Program changes for social justice. Regional Environmental Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-017-1127-3. In Press.
  • Eduful, Michael, and David Shively. 2015. Perceptions of urban land use and degradation of water bodies in Kumasi, Ghana. Habitat International, 50:206-213.
  • Shively, D. and A. Thompson. 2015. Stakeholder collaboration in the Columbia River Treaty Review Process. International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI:
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  2001.  Water Right Reallocation in New Mexico’s Rio Grande Basin, 1975-1995.  International Journal of Water Resources Development, 17(3): 445-460.
  • 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.