Matthew LaFevor

Associate Professor


  • Postdoctorate, University of Maryland - College Park, 2016
  • PhD, University of Texas - Austin, 2014
  • MA, Universidad de las Americas - Puebla, Mexico, 2003
  • BA, Rhodes College - Memphis, TN, 1998

Research Areas

  • Human-environment interactions
  • Conservation & agriculture
  • Water & soil management
  • Mountain regions
  • Mexico, Caribbean, & Latin America


Research Group: LaFevor Group

Selected Publications

LaFevor, M.C. and Ramos-Scharro`n, C.E. (2021) Effects of hillslope trenching on surface water infiltration in subalpine forested catchments. Hydrology 8(147): 1-20. DOI:

LaFevor, M.C., Frake, A.N. and Couturier, S. (2021) Targeting irrigation expansion to address sustainable development objectives: A regional farm typology approach. Water 13(2393):1-19. DOI:

LaFevor, M.C., Ponette-Gonza`lez, A.G., Larson, R., Mungai, L.M. (2021) Spatial targeting of agricultural support measures: Indicator-based assessment of coverages and leakages. Land 10(7): 1-17. DOI: (Editor’s Choice Article)*

LaFevor, M. C. and Magliocca, N. R. (2020) Farmland size, chemical fertilizers, and irrigation management effects on maize and wheat yield in Mexico. Journal of Land Use Science. DOI:10.1080/1747423X.2020.1800849

Weber, J. and LaFevor, M.C. (2020) Reconstructing Nevada’s Arrowhead Trail from Submerged Cultural Resources. Geographical Review. DOI:10.1080/00167428.2020.1800409

Ramos-Scharrón, C. and LaFevor, M. C. (2018) Effects of Forest Roads on Runoff Initiation in Low-Order Ephemeral Streams. Water Resources Research 54: 1-19. DOI:10.1029/2018WR023442

LaFevor, M. C., Cissell, J., Misfeldt, J. (2018) Agave Cultivation, Terracing, and Conservation in Mexico. Focus on Geography 61(1). DOI:10.21690/foge/2017.61.1f

Ramos-Scharrón, C. E. and LaFevor, M. C., (2016) The Role of Unpaved Roads as Active Source Areas of Precipitation Excess in Small Watersheds Drained by Ephemeral Streams. Journal of Hydrology 533: 168-79. DOI:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.11.051

Suding, K., Higgs, E., Palmer, M., Callicott, J. B., Anderson, C. B., Baker, M., Gutrich, J. J., Hondula, K. L., LaFevor, M. C., Larson, B.. M., Randall, A., Ruhl, J. B., Schwartz, K. Z., (2015) Committing to Ecological Restoration: Efforts Around the Globe Need Legal and Policy Clarification. Science 350(6235): 638-640. DOI:10.1126/science.aaa4216

LaFevor, M. C., (2015) Environmental Concerns Facing the U.S. and Mexico: 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): 265-276.

LaFevor, M. C., (2014) Restoration of Degraded Agricultural Terraces: Rebuilding Landscape Structure and Process. Journal of Environmental Management 138: 32-42. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.11.019

Hudson, P. F., Sounny-Slitine, A., LaFevor, M. C., (2014) A New Longitudinal Approach to Assess Hydrologic Connectivity: Embanked Floodplain Inundation along the Lower MississippiRiver. Hydrological Processes 27: 2187-2196. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9838