Dr. Eric C. Ewert, Professor and Department Chair

Office: SL 507M

Phone: 801-626-6197

Email: eewert@weber.edu


Ph.D. in geography, University of Idaho

M.A. in geography, University of Oregon

BS in geology (cum laude), Northern Arizona University

Academic Interests

Professor Ewert's current research and teaching interests lie in environmental studies, the American West, population, historical and economic geography and geospatial technologies. Dr. Ewert has lived in western states from Arizona to Alaska. A lifelong and mesmerized observer of the region, his research and writing focus on the rapid demographic and economic change occuring in the American West and the costs associated with such environmental and cultural transgressions. He has delivered more than two dozen papers at regional and national conferences and traveled widely in the Americas and Europe.

Courses Taught at Weber State University

  • GEOG 1000 Natural Environments of the Earth
  • GEOG 1300 Places & Peoples of the World
  • GEOG 1520 Geography of the United States and Canada
  • GEOG 3210 Urban Geography
  • GEOG 3360 Economic Geography
  • GEOG 3450 Cartography/GIS
  • GEOG 3460 Advanced Cartography/GIS
  • GEOG 3540 Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • GEOG 4810 Exploring Our World Through Geospatial Science
  • GEOG 4880 Individual Research
  • GEOG 4890 Cooperative Work Experience
  • GEOG 4950 Advanced Regional Field Studies
  • GEOG 4990 Senior Research Seminar

Courses Taught at Other Institutions

  • Land and Resource Regulation
  • World Regional Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Social Science Freshman Seminar
  • Field Experience
  • Environment Amid Changing Values

Selected Publications

Articles, Book Chapters, and Maps:

  • “Searching for the ‘Old West’ in the Theme Towns of the New West,” (Review of Social Sciences, Vol. 01, No. 01: January 2016, pages 1-14).
  • “The Coming Challenge: Population Growth and Water Decline in Utah.” Chapter 1 in Hal Crimmel, Editor, Desert Water: The Future of Utah’s Water Resources, University of Utah Press, September, 2014.
  • “Promoting a Green Academic Program,” Teaching/Learning Matters, ASA’s Newsletter for the Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology, Volume 42, Number 2, Fall 2013.
  • Developing a Vision and Plan for the Northern Utah Geospatial Technology Education Program (NUGeoTec). A NSF-ATE peer reviewed and funded proposal, pages 1-45, June 1, 2012.
  • “Maps of Great Salt Lake Region, Utah,” in Carla Koons Trentelman. “Place Dynamics in a Mixed Amenity Place: Great Salt Lake, Utah.” (Human Ecology Review. 18(2):126-138, 2011).
  • "Rural Place Redevelopment and the 'Rise of Theme Towns.'" Published Abstracts, Annual Conference Southwestern Division of the Association of American Geographers, Conference Guide, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 2008.
  • “From Hinterland to Bellwether: A Century of Demographic and Economic Change in the Pacific Northwest” (The Journal of the West, Vol. 45, No. 1, Winter 2006, pages 41-51).
  • "Lemhi Pass and Tendoy, Idaho," in America's Historic Sites (Pasadena: Salem Press, 2000).
  • "Setting the Pacific Northwest Stage: The Influence of the Natural Environment," Chapter 1 in Dale D. Goble and Paul W. Hirt, eds., Northwest Lands, Northwest Peoples: Readings in Environmental History (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).
  • "Are Crowds Better than Cows? The Conversion to Tourism, Recreation, and Retirement in the Pacific Northwest's Amenity Towns." Published Abstracts, Planetary Stewardship: an Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment, Conference Guide, The Borah Foundation, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 1998.
  • "From Extractive to Attractive: Demographic and Economic Boom and Bust in the Non-Metropolitan American West." F. Andrew Schoolmaster, editor, (Papers and Proceedings of the Applied Geography Conferences, Volume 20, 1997, page 354).


  • “How about an elected government that looks like Utah?," Editorial, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 25, 2017.
  • “Rep. Rob Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative is a public lands disaster” Editorial, The Standard Examiner, September 15, 2016.
  • “Decline of the Once Great Salt Lake” Editorial, The Salt Lake Tribune, November 29, 2015.
  • “Snowpack Says Utahns Need a More Conservative Approach to Water” Editorial, The Salt Lake Tribune, February 7, 2015.
  • “State of Utah a Single-Use Land Mismanager” Editorial, The Standard Examiner, December 13, 2014.
  • “Time to Bite Bullet and Raise Fuel Tax” Editorial, The Salt Lake Tribune, February 1, 2014.
  • “Climate Change: Finally, at Least One Conservative Gets It” Editorial, The Salt Lake Tribune, September 29, 2013.
  • “Utah’s Misguided Land Grab” Editorial, The Salt Lake Tribune, June 16, 2012.
  • “Utah Growing Like a Third-World Country” Editorial, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 26, 2011.
  • “Welcome to Utah – Just Don’t Breathe” Editorial, The Standard Examiner, January 24, 2010.