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Matthew Toro

Director of Maps, Imagery, and Geospatial Services
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1006

Matthew Toro is the director of maps, imagery, and geospatial services at ASU Library. He leads projects and programming at the Map and Geospatial Hub, ASU's library-based center for GIS, remote sensing, cartography, and the related technologies needed to transform geospatial data into powerful, value-added information. 

An applied geographer, Matt has produced insights on subjects as diverse as land-change conflicts in the rural landscapes of southern Laos to the relationships of the built environment to community health in the urban landscapes of greater Miami. He's the founder and editor of Miami Geographic, an urban geography data visualization (mapping) blog about the Miami metro region.

Among other projects, Matt is currently constructing a cartographic history of the greater Grand Canyon region, and he recently oversaw the unprecedented Mapping Grand Canyon Conference held at ASU in Spring 2019.

Professional profile / portfolio: 


Master of Arts, Geography -- University of Miami

Bachelor of Arts, Geography and International Relations -- Florida International University

Exploring the Grand Canyon through Maps

Brown, S. C.; Perrino, T.; Lombard, J.;  Wang, K.; Toro, M.; Rundek, T.; Gutierrez, C.M.; Dong, C.; Plater-Zyberk, E.; Nardi, M.I.; Kardys, J.; Szpocznik, J. (2018). Health Disparities in the Relationship of Neighborhood Greenness to Mental Health Outcomes in 249,405 US Medicare Beneficiaries. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15(3).

Brown, S. C.; Lombard, J.;  Wang, K.; Byrne, M.;  Toro, M.; Plater-Zyberk, E., Feaster, D. J.; Kardys, J.; Nardi, M., Perez-Gomez; G., Pantin, H.; & Szapocznik, J. (2016). Neighborhood greenness and chronic health conditions in Medicare beneficiaries. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 51(1). pp. 78-89.

Brown, S.C.; Lombard, J.; Toro, M.; Huang, S.; Perrino, T.; Perez-Gomez, G.; Plater-Zyberk, E.; Pantin, H.; Kumar, N.; Wang, K.; Szapocznik, J. (2014). Walking and Proximity to the Urban Growth Boundary and Central Business DistrictAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine. 47(4). pp. 481-486.

Brown, S. C.; Pantin, H.; Lombard, J.; Toro, M.; Huang, S.; Plater-Zyberk, E.; Perrino, T.; Perez-Gomez, G.; Barrera-Allen, L.; & Szapocznik, J. (2013). Walk Score®: Associations with Purposive Walking in Recent Cuban Immigrants to the US. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 45(2). pp. 202-206.

Delang, C.O.; Toro, M.; Charlet-Phommachanh, M. (2013). Coffee, Mines, and Dams: Conflicts Over Land in the Bolaven Plateau, Southern Lao PDR. The Geographical Journal. 179(2). pp. 150-164.

Toro, M. (2012). Coffee Markets, Smallholder Credit, and Landscape Change in the Bolaven Plateau Region, Laos. (Master’s Thesis). University of Miami Open Access Theses. Paper 333.

Delang, C.O.; Toro, M. (2011). Hydropower-induced displacement and resettlement in the Lao PDR. South East Asia Research. 19(3). pp. 567-594.

Research Activity

ASU Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) Spring 2018 Seed Grant. Mapping Grand Canyon: A Critical Cartographic History