Dr. David Salisbury’s Website

SalisburyMashanshoCreek201107liteDavid S. Salisbury, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Geography

309 Carole Weinstein International Center

28 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond 23113-2004 804-289-8661



David Salisbury walks a creek near the Peru-Brazil border

Research Interests

I am a human-environment geographer interested in the reconciliation of conservation and development in the humid tropics of Latin America. More specifically, my research focuses on the Amazon borderlands shared by the nine nation states straddling or adjoining the Amazon basin. These poorly understood borderlands stretch across the international boundary from one advancing settlement frontier to another and are a culturally, ecologically, and natural resource rich battleground contested between indigenous peoples, conservationists, illegal resource extractors, colonists, drug runners, and development oriented policy makers. For more about my research and that of my students, click on the research or student work tabs at the top of the page.


I primarily teach courses in the Department of Geography and the Environment, and in the Environmental Studies and International Studies programs. The majority of my classes have a community-based element and a broad sustainability focus.  A few of my classes have received attention in the larger community (Richmond Times-Dispatch article: UR students’ research helps protect wildlife and plants in Afghanistan).  Below are a few courses I’ve taught or will be teaching at the University of Richmond. For more detail click on the teaching tab at the top of the page.

  • GEOG 345 Society, Economy, and Nature: Global Perspectives on Sustainable Development
  • GEOG 333 Geographies of Amazonia
  • IS 290 Perspectives on International Studies
  • GEOG 210/IS 210 Geographic Dimensions of Human Development
  • IS 400 Boundaries, Borderlands, and Frontiers
  • IS 400/ENVR 391/GEOG 401 Senior Seminar: Transboundary Political Ecology
  • ENVR 391/GEOG 401 Senior Seminar: Socio-Environmental Impacts of Road and Rail
  • ENVR 391/GEOG 401 Senior Seminar: Human Dimensions of Climate Change
  • ENVR 301 Environmental Research Methods
  • GEOG 221 Mapping Sustainability: Cartography and Geographic Information in an Environmental Context
  • LAC 250 Communication and Culture in the Amazon (Spanish)


For interesting links, blogs and news items about Amazonia and other interests see the sidebar to the right. For more information about my background click on the background tab at the top of the page.