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Jon Harbor, Ph.D.

Jon Harbor currently serves as the Provost and Executive Vice President for the University of Montana, with a joint appointment as a professor in Geography and Geosciences.


  • Provost
  • Executive Vice President
  • Professor of Geography and Geosciences at the University of Montana


  • University of Montana


Jon Harbor currently serves as the Provost and Executive Vice President for the University of Montana, with a joint appointment as a professor in Geography and Geosciences. He began his duties on August 1, 2018.

Jon was born in England and completed his undergraduate studies in Geography at Cambridge University. He moved to the USA for his MA in Geography at the University of Colorado, and subsequently completed his PhD in Geological Sciences at the University of Washington in 1990. After working as a Senior Associate Scientist for an environmental engineering company, he served as an Assistant Professor in Geology at Kent State University before being recruited to Purdue University as an Associate Professor. He was promoted to Full Professor at Purdue in 2001 and has held regular and adjunct/visiting/fellowship/ honorary appointments at the University of Colorado Denver, the University of Tennessee, North Carolina State University, Stockholm University, the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), the University of Nottingham Ningbo, and Qinghai Normal University.

With research and education interests in applied hydrology, environmental education, and glacial geology, Jon has worked with a wide range of students and colleagues to author and co-author over 150 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. He has co-directed a series of multinational research teams, most recently focused on scientific work on the Tibetan Plateau and on Antarctica. His research and education initiatives have been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, National Geographic, and several international science foundations. Jon is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (UK), a former Fulbright Senior Scholar, an American Council on Education Fellow, and a Marie Curie Fellow. In 2015, Stockholm University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate.

Relevant Publications:

Bhaduri, B., Harbor, J., Engel, B., & Grove, M. (2000). Assessing Watershed-Scale, Long-Term Hydrologic Impacts of Land-Use Change Using a GIS-NPS Model. Environmental Management, 26(6), 643–658. 

Harbor, J. M. (1994). A Practical Method for Estimating the Impact of Land-Use Change on Surface Runoff, Groundwater Recharge and Wetland Hydrology. Journal of the American Planning Association, 60(1), 95–108. 

Doyle, M. W., Stanley, E. H., Orr, C. H., Selle, A. R., Sethi, S. A., & Harbor, J. M. (2005). Stream ecosystem response to small dam removal: Lessons from the Heartland. Geomorphology, 71(1–2), 227–244. 

Doyle, M. W., Stanley, E. H., & Harbor, J. M. (2003). Channel adjustments following two dam removals in Wisconsin. Water Resources Research, 39(1).

Dalzell, B. J., Filley, T. R., & Harbor, J. M. (2007). The role of hydrology in annual organic carbon loads and terrestrial organic matter export from a midwestern agricultural watershed. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 71(6), 1448–1462.

Contact Info:

(406) 243-4689

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