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Department of Geography & Environmental Studies


David Havlick, PhD

David Havlick, PhD

David Havlick, PhD

Professor and Chair
Columbine Hall, rm. 2015

Areas of Interest

  • Ecological Restoration, Ethics, and Policy
  • Conservation and Public Land
  • Sustainability
  • Military Geographies
  • Political Ecology
  • Critical Geography


  • PhD, Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
  • MS, Environmental Studies, University of Montana, 1992
  • AB, English, Dartmouth College, 1987

Courses Taught

  • World Regional Geography
  • Conservation and U.S. Public Lands
  • Restoration Geographies
  • Militarization, Environment, and Society
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies and Sustainability
  • Cultural and Political Ecology
  • Qualitative Methods in Geography
  • Geographic Thought

Selected Publications (student co-authors underlined)

  • Derrien, Monika M., Lee K. Cerveny, and David G. Havlick. 2020. "Outdoor Programs for Veterans: Public Land Policies and Practices to Support Therapeutic Opportunities," Journal of Forestry, doi.10.1093/jofore/fvaa023.
  • Havlick, David G. 2018. Bombs Away: Militarization, Conservation and Ecological Restoration. University of Chicago Press, 204 pp.
  • Gibbes, Cerian, David G. Havlick, and Joseph R. Robb. 2017. "Land Use and Land Cover in a Transitioning Militarized Landscape," Journal of Land Use Science 12(2-3): 182-196.
  • Tredway, Jeremy and David G. Havlick. 2017. "Assessing the Potential of Low Impact Development Techniques on Runoff and Streamflow in the Templeton Gap Watershed, Colorado." The Professional Geographer 69(3): 372-382. 
  • Havlick, David G., Eric Billmeyer, Thomas Huber, Brandon J. Vogt, and Kyle Rodman. 2016. "Informal Trail Impacts: Hiking, Trail Running, and Mountain Bicycling in Shortgrass Prairie," Journal of Sustainable Tourism 24(7): 1041-1058.
  • Hourdequin, Marion and David G. Havlick (eds.) 2016. Restoring Layered Landscapes: History, Ecology, and Culture. NY: Oxford University Press. 272 pp.
  • Havlick, David G., Marion Hourdequin, and Matthew John. 2014. "Examining Restoration Goals at a Former Military Site," Nature and Culture 9(3): 288-315.
  • Havlick, David G. 2014. "Opportunistic Conservation at Former Military Sites in the United States, "Progress in Physical Geography 38(3): 271-285.
  • Hourdequin, Marion and David G. Havlick. 2013. "Restoration and Authenticity Revisited," Environmental Ethics 35(1): 79-93.
  • Havlick, David G. 2011. "Disarming Nature: Converting Military Lands to Wildlife Conservation," The Geographical Review 101(2): 183-200.
  • Doyle, Martin W., Emily H. Stanley, David G. Havlick, Mark J. Kaiser, George Steinbach, William L. Graf, Gerald E. Galloway, and J. Adam Riggsbee. 2008. "Aging Infrastructure and Ecosystem Restoration," Science 319 (18 January): 286-287.
  • Havlick, David G. 2002. No Place Distant: Roads and Motorized Recreation on America's Public Lands. Washington, D.C.: Island Press. 297 pp.

Honors and Awards

  • 2019-2022: National Science Foundation research grant, Science and Technology Studies: "Wild Trout: Conservation, Restoration, and the Molecular Turn," (with co-PI Christine Biermann), $208,988.
  • 2019 Colorado Book Award finalist for general non-fiction (Bombs Away)
  • 2018 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize, American Association of Geographers, Bombs Away: Militarization, Conservation, and Ecological Restoration.
  • 2015-2020: Joint Venture Agreement with USDA-Forest Service, "Palliative Nature: Long-Distance Outdoor Experiences as Therapy for PTSD," (with co-PIs Lee Cerveny and Monika Derrien), $23,998.
  • 2016: UCCS Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
  • 2015: UCCS Global Intercultural Research Center seed grant, "Commemoration and Reuse of Militarized Sites in Japan," $3,880.
  • 2014: UCCS LAS Outstanding Research and Creative Works Award
  • 2013: American Geographic Society, McColl Family Fellowship
  • 2010-2014: National Science Foundation research grant, Science and Technology Studies: "Authenticity and Historical Fidelity in Ecological Restoration," (with co-PI Marion Hourdequin), $244,881

Volunteer and Service

  • UCCS Sustainability Committee
  • LAS Representative, UCCS Faculty Assembly
  • Stormwater Advisory Committee, City of Colorado Springs
  • Board Member, Catamount Center for Geography of the Southern Rockies

Recent Publications