Assistant Professor Eugenio Arima, of the environmental studies program, recently published an article in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. The piece explores the causes of Amazon deforestation.
“The interesting feature of this article, said Arima, “is that we combine remote sensing data with survey data to understand deforestation in the Amazon at the agricultural household level. The major result is that demographic characteristics of households, as well as market forces, affect deforestation. (A PDF copy of the article is available upon request to Arima.)
In addition, Arima has presented a paper at the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers, held in San Francisco from April 17 to 21. His research provides a spatial GIS model for understanding the relationship between deforestation and economic and environmental variables.
Arima will also join a panel to “discuss the social and environmental impacts of large-scale infrastructure projects in the Brazilian Amazon, he said, and consider “the environmental implications of the re-election of Brazil's President Lula da Silva.
Professor Arima joined the Colleges’ faculty in 2006. He holds a doctorate from Michigan State University.