David R. Montgomery Ph.D

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

Video Replays from the 2018 Conference

Video Replays from previous conferences

  • David Montgomery Ph.D. 2015 Offstage Interview
  • 23:25
David R. Montgomery Ph.D
David Montgomery Ph.D. 2015 Offstage Interview

Posted Oct 2015

  • Full Version of Panel - How Seeds, Soil Life, GMOs and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Will Impact You and Your Families Future
  • 01:22:24
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
Full Version of Panel - How Seeds, Soil Life, GMOs and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Will Impact You and Your Families Future

Posted Nov 2015

  • How To Create Top Soil In Your Backyard
  • 19:36
David R. Montgomery Ph.D
How To Create Top Soil In Your Backyard

Posted Mar 2017

  • Are Microbes The Secret To A Healthy Microbiome And Our Health?
  • 28:18
David R. Montgomery Ph.D
Are Microbes The Secret To A Healthy Microbiome And Our Health?

Posted Mar 2017

  • Plants And Microbes Trade For What Each Other Needs
  • 17:46
David R. Montgomery Ph.D
Plants And Microbes Trade For What Each Other Needs

Posted Mar 2017

  • How Fast Are We Losing Soil And Cropland And Why Should You Care
  • 26:45
David R. Montgomery Ph.D
How Fast Are We Losing Soil And Cropland And Why Should You Care

Posted Mar 2017

  • The Causes Of Long Term Soil Loss
  • 22:47
David R. Montgomery Ph.D
The Causes Of Long Term Soil Loss

Posted Mar 2017

  • Can We Reverse The Long Term Pattern Of Soil Degradation?
  • 16:46
David R. Montgomery Ph.D
Can We Reverse The Long Term Pattern Of Soil Degradation?

Posted Mar 2017

  • David Montgomery Takes Audience Questions On Soil Erosion
  • 15:00
David R. Montgomery Ph.D
David Montgomery Takes Audience Questions On Soil Erosion

Posted Mar 2017

  • Why Should We Care About Species Extinction? What's The Big Deal If We Lose 80% Of Them?
  • 06:30
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
Why Should We Care About Species Extinction? What's The Big Deal If We Lose 80% Of Them?

Posted Feb 2017

  • What Role Does Soil Play In Preventing Climate Change?
  • 12:45
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
What Role Does Soil Play In Preventing Climate Change?

Posted Feb 2017

  • How Concerned Are You About Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?
  • 09:19
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
How Concerned Are You About Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

Posted Feb 2017

  • What Are The Solutions For Our Problems With Seeds, Farming And Gut Health?
  • 12:49
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
What Are The Solutions For Our Problems With Seeds, Farming And Gut Health?

Posted Feb 2017

  • How Does Our Gut Bacteria Affect Our Health?
  • 08:59
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
How Does Our Gut Bacteria Affect Our Health?

Posted Feb 2017

  • What's The Big Deal If There Are fewer Varieties Of Seeds, Fruits, And Vegetables?
  • 06:23
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
What's The Big Deal If There Are fewer Varieties Of Seeds, Fruits, And Vegetables?

Posted Feb 2017

  • Why Should We Be Concerned About Soil Erosion?
  • 27:37
David R. Montgomery Ph.D, Claire Hope Cummings M.A, J.D, Roger L. Greenlaw M.D.
Why Should We Be Concerned About Soil Erosion?

Posted Feb 2017


     

David R. Montgomery is a Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he leads the Geomorphological Research Group and is a member of the Quaternary Research Center.

 

Montgomery received his B.S. in geology from Stanford University in 1984, and his Ph.D. in geomorphology from University of California, Berkeley in 1991. His research addresses the evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. His published work includes studies of the role of topsoil in human civilization, the evolution and near-extirpation of salmon, morphological processes in mountain drainage basins, the evolution of mountain ranges, and the use of digital topography. He has conducted field research in eastern Tibet and the American Pacific Northwest.

 

In 2008 Montgomery received a MacArthur Fellowship. His book, “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations” won the 2008 Washington State Book Award in General Nonfiction.[1]

 

Montgomery’s 2012 book, “The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood” explores the relationship between catastrophic floods in the distant past, flood legends, “Noachian flood geology”, and geologic discovery over the past several hundred years.

 

After the catastrophic Oso mudslide in Washington State in March, 2014, Montgomery appeared on various news segments to discuss the science behind landslides. He appears in DamNation the 2014 documentary film about dam removal in the United States.Montgomery (King of Fish), a geomorphologist who studies how landscapes change through time, argues persuasively that soil is humanity’s most essential natural resource and essentially linked to modern civilization’s survival. He traces the history of agriculture, showing that when humans exhausted the soil in the past, their societies collapsed, or they moved on. But moving on is not an option for future generations, he warns: there isn’t enough land. In the U.S., mechanized agriculture has eroded an alarming amount of agricultural land, and in the developing world, degraded soil is a principal cause of poverty. We are running out of soil, and agriculture will soon be unable to support the world’s growing population. Chemical fertilizers, which are made with lots of cheap oil, are not the solution. Nor are genetically modified seeds, which have not produced larger harvests or reduced the need for pesticides. Montgomery proposes an agricultural revolution based on soil conservation. Instead of tilling the land and making it vulnerable to erosion, we should put organic matter back into the ground, simulating natural conditions.

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