Prof. Dr. David R. Butler, PhD.


Ph.D. in Geography, University of Kansas (1982)
M.Sc. in Geography, University of Nebraska (1976)
B.A. in Geography (summa cum laude), University of Nebraska at Omaha (1974)

  • Texas State University System Regents’ Professor of Geography
  • University Distinguished Professor of Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Chair of the Steering Committee, Binghamton International Geomorphology Symposia Series
  • Co-Leader, Mountain GeoDynamics Research Group
  • Honorary Professor of International Studies, 2012-2015
  • Mass-transfer processes in mountain regions (snow avalanches, debris flows, rockfall avalanches)
  • Geomorphic and biogeographic processes at alpine treeline
  • Geomorphic responses to climatic change
  • Zoogeomorphology
  • Dendrogeomorphology
  • Geography of Glacier National Park, Montana, U.S.A.


Teaching of Bachelor students, advisor and committee member for Master’s and Ph.D. students at Texas State University; external committee member for 2 past doctoral dissertation committees (Dr. Michelle Bollschweiler, Dr. Dominique Schneuwly) at the

  • Book Review Editor, Geomorphology
  • Editor “Classics Revisited” Section, Progress in Physical Geography
  • Editorial Board, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • Editorial Board, Physical Geography
  • Editorial Board, Applied Geography
  • Editorial Board, Geocarto International
  • Editorial Board, The Open Geology Journal
  • Section Editor for Geomorphology, AAG/Wiley International Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Melvin G. Marcus Distinguished Career Award, Geomorphology Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, 2012 Texas State University System Regents’ Professor Award 2010
  • University Distinguished Professor Award, Texas State University-San Marcos 2010
  • Alpha Chi National College Honors Society Favorite Professor Award 2010
  • Golden Apple Award, College of Liberal Arts, and Presidential Award for Excellenc in Teaching Runner-up, Texas State University 2008
  • Department of Geography Graduate Forum Outstanding Professor Award 2008
  • Outstanding Leadership Award, Department of Geography, Texas State University 2008
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Texas State University 2007
  • Scholarly/Creative Activity Golden Apple Award, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University 2007
  • Top Referee 2006 Award, CATENA, Elsevier Publishers, The Netherlands, 2007
  • Presidential Seminar Award, Texas State University 2006
  • Distinguished Career Award, Mountain Geography Special Group, Association of American Geographers 2006
  • Scholarly/Creative Activity Golden Apple Award, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University 2005
  • Outstanding Service Award, Department of Geography, Texas State University 2004
  • Chosen for AAG Visiting Geographical Scientist Program 2004-present
  • Scholarly/Creative Activity Golden Apple Award, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University 2003
  • Scholarly/Creative Activity Golden Apple Award, College of Liberal Arts, Southwest Texas State University 2002
  • Outstanding Recent Accomplishment Award, Mountain Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers 2001
  • Special Award for Scholarly/Creative Activity, College of Liberal Arts, Southwest Texas State University 2001
  • Scholarly/Creative Activity Golden Apple Award, College of Liberal Arts, Southwest Texas State University 2000
  • Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award, National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) 1997
  • G.K. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphological Research, Geomorphology Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers 1998
  • General Sandy Beaver Teaching Professorship, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia (UGA) 1991-1992
  • General Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, UGA 1990
  • Achievement Award for New Scholars, Conference of Southern Graduate Schools 1989
  • NCGE Journal of Geography Award, Best Content Article 1989
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Geography, Oklahoma State University 1985
  • G. Warren Nystrom Award for Best Dissertation in Geography, Association of American Geographers 1983
  • Doctoral Dissertation Defense Honors, University of Kansas 1982
  • Outstanding Student, Department of Geography-Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1973-1974
  • Outstanding Student, Department of Geography-Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1972-1973

David R. Butler, PhD.
University Distinguished Professor of Geography and Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Geography
Texas State University-San Marcos
San Marcos, TX 78666-4616 U.S.A.

Tel: 512 245 7977
Fax: 512 245 8353

db25 [at] txstate [dot] edu

  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)
  • Geomorphology Specialty Group, AAG
  • Biogeography Specialty Group, AAG
  • Mountain Geography Specialty Group, AAG
  • Forest Fire Lookout Association
Hobbies Reading, Travel, Photography, Watching American College Football.

Publikationen :


Butler, D.R. ( in press): Fire Lookouts of Glacier National Park. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC, 1-128.

Schroder J., Butler, D.R., Hupp, C.R. (2013): Treatise on Geomorphology, vol. 12, Ecogeomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, 1-321.

Butler, D.R., Sawyer C.F., Guest Editors and Organizers (2012): Zoogeomorphology and Ecosystem Engineering – Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium. Geomorphology 157-158, 1-192.

Stoffel, M., Bollschweiler, M., Butler, D.R., Luckman, B.H. (2010): Tree rings and natural hazards: A state-of-the-art. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 505 pp. ISBN 978-90-481-8735-5. [order here ]

Butler, D.R., Malanson, G.P., Walsh, S.J., Fagre, D.B. (2009): The Changing Alpine Treeline of Glacier National Park, Montana. Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 199 pp.

Butler, D.R., Walsh, S.J., Malanson, G.P. (2003): Mountain Geomorphology - Integrating Earth Systems. Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 398 pp.

Butler, D.R., (1995): Zoogeomorphology: Animals as Geomorphic Agents. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York, 231 pp.

Peer-reviewed papers

Butler, D.R. (in press): The field tradition in mountain geomorphology. Geomorphology

Butler, D.R., Stoffel, M. (in press): John F. Shroder, Jr.’s 1978 and 1980 Papers on Dendrogeomorphology. Progress in Physical Geography. [PDF]

Stoffel., M., Butler, D.R., Corona, C. (in press): Mass movements and tree rings: A guide to dendrogeomorphic field sampling and dating. Geomorphology doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.12.017. [PDF]

Butler, D.R. (2013): Biogeomorphology and Zoogeomorphology. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Geography. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199874002-0061.

Butler, D.R. (2012): The impact of climate change on patterns of zoogeomorphological influence: examples from the Rocky Mountains of the western U.S.A. Geomorphology 157-158: 183-191.

Butler, D.R. (2012): Characteristics of beaver ponds on deltas in a mountain environment. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 37(8): 876-882.

Butler, D.R., Sawyer, C.F. (2012): Introduction to the special issue – zoogeomorphology and ecosystem engineering. Geomorphology 157-158: 1-5.

Malanson G.P., Resler, L.M., Bader, M.Y., Holtmeier, F.K., Butler, D.R., Weiss, D.J., Daniels, L.D., Fagre, D.B. (2011): Mountain treelines: a roadmap for research orientation. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 43(2): 167-177.

Sarmiento, F.O., Butler, D.R. (2011): Where do mountain geographers publish? Disciplinary trends and career development choices. Mountain Research and Development 31(1): 61-67.

Stine, M.B., Butler, D.R. (2011): A content analysis of biogeomorphology within geomorphology textbooks. Geomorphology 125(2), 336-342.

Whitesides, C.J., Butler, D.R. (2011): Adequacies and deficiencies of alpine and subalpine treeline studies in the national parks of the western USA. Progress in Physical Geography 35(1): 19-42.

Sawyer, C.F., Butler, D.R., Curtis, M. (2010): Using Webcams to show change and movement in the physical environment. Journal of Geography 109(6): 251-263.

Butler, W.D., Butler, D.R. (2009): The geomorphic effects of gophers on soil characteristics and sediment compaction: a case study from alpine treeline, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Colorado, USA. Open Geology Journal 3: 82–89.

Ostling, J.L., Butler D.R., Dixon R.W. (2009): The biogeomorphology of mangroves and their role in natural hazards mitigation. Geography Compass 3: 1607–1624.

Butler, D.R., Sawyer C.F. (2008): Dendrogeomorphology and high-magnitude snow avalanches: a review and case study. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 8: 303–309.

Akiwumi, F.A., Butler D.R. (2008): Mining and environmental change in Sierra Leone, west Africa: a remote sensing and hydrogeomorphological study. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 142: 309–318.

Cerney, D.L., Eyton L.R., Butler D.R. (2008): Assessing landscape change in Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada, using multitemporal composites constructed from terrestrial repeat photographs. Geocarto International 23: 347–371.

Butler, D.R., Malanson G.P., Walsh S.J., Fagre D.B. (2007): Influences of geomorphology and geology on alpine treeline in the American West – more important than climatic influences? Physical Geography 28: 434–450.

Malanson, G.P., Butler D.R., Fagre D.B., Walsh, S.J., Tomback, D.F., Daniels, L.D., Resler, L.M., Smith, W.K., Weiss, D.J., Peterson, D.L., Bunn, A.G., Hiemstra, C.A., Liptzin, D., Bourgeron, P.S., Shen, Z., Millar, C.I. (2007): Alpine treeline of western North America: linking organism-to-landscape dynamics. Physical Geography 28: 378–396.

Zeng, Y., Malanson G.P., Butler, D.R. (2007): Geomorphological limits to self-organization of alpine forest-tundra ecotone vegetation. Geomorphology 91: 378–392.

Butler, D.R. (2006): Human-induced changes in animal populations and distributions, and their subsequent effects on fluvial systems. Geomorphology 79: 448–459.

Sawyer, C.F., Butler, D.R. (2006): The use of historical picture postcards as photographic sources for examining environmental change: promises and problems. Geocarto International 21: 73–80.

Sawyer, C.F., Butler, D.R. (2006): A chronology of high-magnitude snow avalanches reconstructed from archived newspapers. Disaster Prevention and Management 15: 313–324.

Butler, D.R., Malanson, G.P. (2005): The geomorphic influences of beaver dams and failures of beaver dams. Geomorphology 71, 48–60.

Resler, L.M., Butler, D.R., Malanson, G.P. (2005): Topographic shelter and conifer establishment and mortality in an alpine environment, Glacier National Park, Montana. Physical Geography 26: 112–125.

Butler, D.R., Malanson, G.P., Resler, L.M. (2004): Turf-banked terrace treads and risers, turf exfoliation, and possible relationships with advancing treeline. Catena 58: 259–274.

Resler, L.M., Fonstad, M.A., Butler, D.R. (2004): Mapping the alpine treeline ecotone with digital aerial photography and textural analysis. Geocarto International 19: 37–44.

Walsh, S.J., Weiss, D.J, Butler, D.R., Malanson, G.P. (2004): An assessment of snow avalanche paths and forest dynamics using Ikonos satellite data. Geocarto International 19: 85–93.

Butler, D.R., Malanson, G.P., Bekker, M.P., Resler, L.M. (2003): Lithologic, structural, and geomorphic controls on ribbon forest patterns. Geomorphology 55: 203–217.

Butler, D.R., Resler, L.M., Gielstra, D.A., Cerney, D.L. (2003): Ecotones in mountain environments: illustrating sensitive biogeographical boundaries with remotely sensed imagery in the geography classroom. Geocarto International 18: 63–72.

Walsh, S.J., Butler, D.R., Malanson, G.P., Crews-Meyer, K.A., Messina, J.P., Xiao, N. (2003): Mapping, modeling, and visualization of the influences of geomorphic processes on the alpine treeline ecotone, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. Geomorphology 53: 129–145.

Butler, D.R., Sandford, H.J.M. (2002): Imagery scale and type for natural hazards analysis: classroom examples using forest fires and snow avalanches. Geocarto International 17: 71–76.

DeChano, L.M., Butler, D.R. (2002): An analysis of attacks by grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) in Glacier National Park, Montana. The Geographical Bulletin 44: 30–41.

Malanson, G.P., Butler, D.R., Cairns, D.M., Welsh, T.E., Resler, L.M. (2002): Variability in an edaphic indicator in alpine tundra. Catena 49: 203–215.

Butler, D.R. (2001): Geomorphic process-disturbance corridors: a variation on a principle of landscape ecology. Progress in Physical Geography 25: 237–248.

Butler, D.R., DeChano, L.M. (2001): Environmental change in Glacier National Park, Montana: an assessment through repeat photography from fire lookouts. Physical Geography 22: 291–304.

Bigler, W., Butler, D.R., Dixon, R.W. (2001): Beaver-pond sequence morphology and sedimentation in northwestern Montana. Physical Geography 22: 531–540.

DeChano, L.M., Butler, D.R. (2001): Analysis of public perception of debris flow hazard. Disaster Prevention and Management 10: 261–269.

Baer, L.D., Butler, D.R. (2000). Space-time modeling of grizzly bears. The Geographical Review 90: 206–221.

Grissino-Mayer, H.D., Butler, D.R. (1993). Effects of climate on growth of shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata Mill.) in northern Georgia: a dendroclimatic study. The Southeastern Geographer 33, 65–81.

Schipke, K.A., Butler, D.R. (1991): The use of dendrogeomorphic techniques to date a beaver-dam outburst flood in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. The Geographical Bulletin 33: 80–86.

Bryant, C.L., Butler, D.R., Vitek, J.D (1989): A statistical analysis of tree-ring dating in conjunction with snow avalanches: comparison of on-path versus off-path responses. Environmental Geology and Water Sciences 14: 53–59.

Grissino-Mayer, H.D., Rosenberger, M.S., Butler, D.R. (1989). Climatic patterns in tree rings of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) from north Georgia. Physical Geography 10: 32–43.

Butler, D.R., Walsh, S.J. (1988): The use of eastern redcedar in a tree-ring study in Oklahoma. The Prairie Naturalist 20: 47–56.

Butler, D.R. (1987): Teaching general principles and applications of dendrogeomorphology. Journal of Geological Education 35: 64–70.

Butler, D.R. (1987): Climatic implications of a tree-ring record of ground heave, Ram River area, N.W.T., Canada. The Geographical Bulletin 29: 5–9.

Butler, D.R., Malanson, G.P., Oelfke, J.G. (1987): Tree-ring analysis and natural hazard chronologies: minimum sample sizes and index values. The Professional Geographer 39: 41–47.

Shroder, J.F., Butler, D.F. (1987): Tree-ring analysis in the earth sciences. Proceedings, International Symposium on Ecological Aspects of Tree-Ring Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy Conference 8608144: 186-212.

Butler, D.R. (1986): Conifer invasion of subalpine meadows, central Lemhi Mountains, Idaho. Northwest Science 60: 166–173.

Butler, D.R., Oelfke, J.G., Oelfke, L.A. (1986): Historic rockfall avalanches, northeastern Glacier National Park, Montana, U.S.A. Mountain Research and Development 6: 261–271.

Butler, D.R., Malanson, G.D. (1985): A history of high-magnitude snow avalanches, southern Glacier National Park, Montana, U.S.A. Mountain Research and Development 5: 175–182.

Butler, D.R., Malanson, G.P. (1985): A reconstruction of snow-avalanche characteristics in Montana, U.S.A., using vegetative indicators. Journal of Glaciology 31: 185–187.

Butler, D.R. (1983): Dendrochronologic evidence marking the end of the Neoglacial, Lemhi Mountains, Idaho. Journal of the Idaho Academy of Science 19: 7–15.

Butler, D.R. (1979). Snow avalanche path terrain and vegetation, Glacier National Park, Montana. Arctic and Alpine Research 11: 17–32.

Butler, D.R. (1979): Dendrogeomorphological analysis of flooding and mass movement, Ram Plateau, Mackenzie Mountains, Northwest Territories. The Canadian Geographer 23: 62–65.