Matthew J. TaylorAssociate Professor
2003 PhD, geography, Arizona State University
1996 MS, geography, Louisiana State University
1993 BS, geography and Spanish, Louisiana State University
I focus on human-environment relationships in Latin America. I spend as much time in Latin America as my teaching schedule permits. My interests in human-environment relationships in Latin America run the range of geographical inquiry. For example, I examine the impacts of rural electrification on firewood consumption, how migration to the United States changes land use practices and ownership patterns on Guatemala's frontiers, how forty years of civil war impacted the environment, how community cohesion (social capital) influences resource use, the interplay of human population dynamics and biodiversity, long-term (14,000 years) human modification of the environment in highland Guatemala, and water resource management on evolving frontiers. My teaching interests match my diverse research interests. I love to be in the field in rural Latin America. I encourage students who want to undertake research in Latin America to pop into my office for an exchange of ideas.