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Matthew Toro

Geospatial Services Coordinator
University Staff, Tempe Campus, Mailcode 1006
Geospatial Services Coordinator
University Staff, Tempe Campus, Mailcode 1006

Matthew Toro is the Director of Maps, Imagery, and Geospatial Services at ASU Library. In this capacity, he leads technology, outreach, education, research, and overall programmatic initiatives at the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub.

He is a skilled geospatial analyst, an accomplished research geographer, and a passionate educator with over a decade of experience working with geospatial technologies in diverse academic, government, and consulting capacities.

Matthew has researched and co-authored publications 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.

His use of geospatial tools is focused on land-use/land-cover change, multi-modal transportation planning, comparative urbanism, sustainable planning and design, geospatial data visualization, and community-based geo-journalism.


Master of Arts, Geography -- University of Miami

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


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.