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Matthew C. LaFevor

PhD, UT Austin; MA, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, México; BA, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN.

Recently Graduated - Postdoctoral Fellow (SESYNC)
Matthew C. LaFevor



Matthew LaFevor is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), funded by a National Science Foundation grant to the University of Maryland. He is a human geographer with research interests in agro-ecology, conservation, and environmental history, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. His 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), and multiple sources from the University of Texas at Austin. Recent works are listed below. Professional website:

in press, LaFevor, M. C. Environmental Concerns Facing the U.S. and Latin America: An International Perspective. In Neighborly Adversaries: Readings in U.S.-Latin American Relations, 3rd Edition. Michael J. LaRosa and Frank O. Mora, eds. (Roman and Littlefield).

2014, LaFevor, M. C., Review of Estudio Costero del Suroccidente de México (CIGA-UNAM, 2013) by Donald D. Brand. In The AAG Review of Books 2(3): 113-115.

2014, Hudson, P. F. and LaFevor M. C., (guest editors) Management and Monitoring of Land Degradation and Environmental Change. Journal of Environmental Management 138: 1-96

2014, LaFevor, M. C., Restoration of Degraded Agricultural Terraces: Rebuilding Landscape Structure and Process.Journal of Environmental Management 138: 32-42.

2014, Hudson, P. F., LaFevor, M. C., 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 138: 1-3.

2014, LaFevor, M. C., 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.

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

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

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

2010, LaFevor, M. C., 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.

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




human geography, agro-ecology, hillslope processes, environmental history, GIS, Mexico, Latin America

GRG 306C • Conservation

37355 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm GRG 312
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Introduction to environmental management, with emphasis on the major causes and consequences of environmental degradation. The course is organized around the premise that people cannot solve environmental problems unless they know how and why they occur; a major objective is to identify and understand the sociocultural forces that drive environmental degradation.

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