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Montz To Chair Geography

Dr. Burrell E. Montz has joined the faculty at ECU as chair of the Department of Geography in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

Montz comes to ECU from Binghamton University at the State University of New York, where she began her academic career nearly 30 years ago in the Department of Geography and the Environmental Studies Program.

There she served as associate chair of the department, director of environmental studies and director of geography graduate studies before becoming chair in 2008. 

Throughout her academic career, Montz has taught courses in environmental policy and planning, flooding and flood management, weather and climate, resource management and natural hazards.

She is the co-author of two books, “Natural Hazards: Explanation and Integration” (1997) and “The Great Midwestern Floods of 1993” (1994), and she has authored or co-authored more than 100 additional publications in her areas of research and study.
“I’m very excited about being part of this vibrant geography department and campus,” said Montz. “The interests of the department fit very well with my own research and teaching, and ECU offers wonderful opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration that has been important throughout my career.”

Montz received her doctorate in geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder; her master’s degree in geography from Oklahoma State University; and her bachelor’s degree in geography from Mary Washington College in Virginia.

This page originally appeared in the Sept. 4, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at http://www.ecu.edu/news/poe/Arch.cfm.