Major advisor: Robert Walker
Research addressing the causes of Amazonian deforestation, has implicated many factors, ranging from the role of markets in the south of Brazil to the size of individual farming households. The main objective of my dissertation was focused in understand the social processes leading to spontaneously-formed assentamentos, and to assess associated impacts on Amazonian deforestation.
I finished my PH.D. in 2008. In the same year I accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the department of Geography at Kansas State University. I identify myself as an environmental geographer with a lot field experience in the Brazilian Amazon. As an environmental geographer who addresses human-environment interactions, I pay special attention to the behavioral attitudes of agents and implications of the environment. The research strategy I employ combines both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, utilizing data and insight gained from field investigation involving household surveys and key informant interviews. I have interest in Land Reform, Land Cover and Land Use Change (LCLUCC). My experience in this line of inquiry has focused primarily on Latin America, especially Brazil and Paraguay. In Brazil, I am developing studies on land reform settlement formation in the Amazon and I am working in sugarcane expansion in Savanna for biofuel production. In Paraguay, I am looking at the immigration of Brazilian (Brasiguaios) for soybean production. However, my work is expanding outside of Latin America.