Associate Professor

Office: Guggenheim 102B


Ph.D. 1981 Clark University

Research Interests

Interaction of environment and society, including land use and anthropogenic transformations of land cover, with a focus on the American West.


William Travis is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His teaching and research focus on human behavior in the environment, including studies of the human dimensions of climate change, land use and the interaction of people and ecosystems. He was general editor (as William Riebsame) of the Atlas of the New West (W.W. Norton). His latest book, New Geographies of the American West, released in spring 2007, examines the driving forces and patterns of land use and development in the American West. His current projects examine social response to extreme climate change, and persistent fallacies in how humans understand nature and react to natural processes.