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David S. Salisbury

Associate Professor of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability, University of Richmond

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.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment, University of Dayton


2018 Private Sector and Government Award. Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers; 2015 & 2010 International Education Faculty Award. University of Richmond; 2015 Oustanding Mentor Award, School of Arts & Sciences, University of Richmond; Honorary Professor, Universidad Nacional de Ucayali, Ucayali, Peru.