David W. Beilman, Faculty, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

David W. Beilman

Professor, Undergraduate Chair
Office: Saunders 419
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-7311
Email: beilman@hawaii.edu

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UH Award Winner

CSS Excellence in Teaching Award (2012)


I was born and raised in western Canada and spent my formative years appreciating the serene northern forests and majestic Rocky Mountains of western North America. The University of Alberta was my home for a BSc in Environmental Biology and an MSc in Environmental Biology & Ecology. Following work at the Canadian Forest Service, I gravitated to Los Angeles and UCLA where I earned a PhD in Geography studying carbon hotspots in West Siberia, Russia. Following two years as a postdoc at the CHRONO Centre for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at Queen’s University Belfast, U.K., I came to Honolulu to join the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2009.


  • Postdoctoral: Queen’s University Belfast, U.K., 14CHRONO Centre for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, 2007-2008
  • Postdoctoral: University of California Los Angeles, Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Geography, 2006-2007
  • PhD, Geography, University of California Los Angeles, 2006
  • MSc, Environmental Biology & Ecology, University of Alberta, Canada, 2001
  • BSc, Environmental Biology, Specialization, University of Alberta, 1996


  • GEOG 101: The Natural Environment
  • GEOG 309: Introduction to Biogeography
  • GEOG 411: Past Global Change and the Human Era
  • GEOG 750: Research Seminar: Biogeography


Geographers have a large and integrative role to play in helping to solve some of the larger issues that face humankind such as climate change and its impacts. In the Beilman Lab we conduct field and laboratory investigations to better understand long-term terrestrial ecosystem response to global change. We have a keen interest in the carbon cycle, and love to measure stocks, fluxes, and different kinds of carbon (13C, 14C). Recent field campaigns have taken us to Kamchatka, Russia, the western Canadian Arctic, and the Antarctic Peninsula as well as around the Hawaiian Islands.