Matthew Toro serves as the Director of 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.
At ASU Library's Map and Geospatial Hub, Matthew is responsible for setting the vision, mission, and programmatic goals for the unit while overseeing its staff and daily operations to ensure those goals are met.
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, 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 District. American 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.