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Matthew C. LaFevor

MA, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, México.

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Matthew C. LaFevor



Matthew LaFevor received his MA from the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, México and his BA from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin.

LaFevor is a human-environment geographer with research interests in agriculture, conservation, sustainability, and environmental history, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. His dissertation examines: 1) how conservation groups incorporate ancient agricultural technologies into modern conservation contexts, 2) why some of these practices work while others do not, and 3) where the concepts of agriculture and conservation overlap or diverge on the landscape, specifically, as they relate to hillslope terracing efforts. The title is Conservation Engineering and Agricultural Terracing in Tlaxcala, Mexico.

His research on environmental history focuses on natural resource management in Colonial Latin America. This work investigates archival documents for evidence of how people perceived of, utilized, and shaped environments of the past. LaFevor's archival work combines documentary research with mapping and field-based investigation of the written data whenever possible. This often leads to research questions and topics of interdisciplinary interest. 

LaFevor's research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (DDRI grant #1031676), Fulbright-Hays (IIE/Mellon Foundation), the Boren Fellowship for International Study (IIE), Rotary International, and other sources from the University of Texas at Austin. Recent works are listed below.   

LaFevor, M. C., (submitted) Review of Estudio Costero del Suroccidente de México (CIGA-UNAM, 2013) by Donald D. Brand. In The AAG Review of Books.

LaFevor, M. C., (in press) Restoration of Degraded Agricultural Terraces: Rebuilding Landscape Structure and Process. Journal of Environmental Management. Published online, Dec. 16, 2013.

Hudson, P. F. and LaFevor, M. C., (guest editors)(in press) Management and Monitoring of Land Degradation and Environmental Change. Journal of Environmental Management.

Hudson, P. F., LaFevor, M. C., (in press) Introduction: Managing and Monitoring Human Impacts on Landscapes for Environmental Change and Sustainability, In P. F. Hudson and M. C. LaFevor (guest eds) special issue of the Journal of Environmental Management

LaFevor, M. C., 2014. Review of A Land Between Waters: Environmental Histories of Modern Mexico (University of Arizona Press, 2013) edited by Christopher R. Boyer. In Journal of Historical Geography 43: 187.

Hudson, P. F., Sounny-Slitine, A., LaFevor, M. C., 2013. A New Longitudinal Approach to Assess Hydrologic Connectivity: Embanked Floodplain Inundation along the Lower Mississippi River. Hydrological Processes 27: 2187-2196.

LaFevor, M. C., 2012. Building a Colonial Resource Monopoly: The Expansion of Sulphur Mining in New Spain (1600-1820). Geographical Review 102(2): 202-224.

LaFevor, M. C., 2012. Sulphur Mining on Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano (1820-1920): Origins, Development, and Human-Environmental Challenges. Journal of Latin American Geography 11(1): 79-98.

LaFevor, M. C., 2010. Review of Cartographic Encounters: Indigenous People and the Mapping of the New World (Reaktion Books, 2009) by John Rennie Short. In Journal of Latin American Geography 9(2): 183-185.

LaFevor, M. C., 2010. Mountains and Creative Mexican Maps: From Seminar to Survey. Portal: LLILAS Annual Review 5: 28-31.



human-environment relationships, conservation and sustainability, agriculture, water, environmental history, historical resource management, GIS, Mexico, Latin America
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