Bill Travis photo portrait
Department Chair • Associate Professor of Geography • Natural hazards, risk, climate change, decision-making • Earth Lab Deputy Director Project Risk Principal Investigator • Ph.D. Clark University, 1981
Human Geography • Environment-Society

Research Interests

Prof. Travis studies socio-ecological systems, including the human dimensions of natural hazards, climate change, and land use and land cover. His current projects focus on risk and decision-analysis applied to climate adaptation in agricultural and infrastructural systems, and behavioral responses to extreme events. Prof. Travis teaches classes in environmental geography, natural hazards and risk analysis, and research design.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Spring 2020  GEOG 1962 Geographies of Global Change
  • Fall 2019  GEOG 3402 Natural Hazards
  • Spring 2019  GEOG 5161 Research Design
  • Spring 2018  GEOG 3402 Natural Hazards
  • Fall 2017  GEOG 1972 Environment-Society Geography

Selected Publications

McCurdy, A. and W. Travis . (2017). Simulated climate adaptation in stormwater systems: Evaluating the efficiency of adaptation pathways. Environment Systems and Decisions.

Dilling, L., M.E. Daly, W.R. Travis, O.V. Wilhelmi, and R.A. KleinWiley . (2015). The dynamics of vulnerability: why adapting to climate variability will not always prepare us for climate change. Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 6, 413-425. doi:10.1002/wcc.341

Publications updated March 2017