Dr. Matthew Luizza is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow hosted at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Division of International Conservation, Africa Branch and Associate Faculty at Colorado State University’s Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. Bridging a social science background in environmental politics and community-based natural resource management with a natural science background in applied ecology and conservation geography, his work has spanned Ethiopia, Kenya, Alaska, and the U.S. Intermountain West, looking at the relationships between human behavior and the environment.

This includes exploring the integration of local and indigenous knowledge with geospatial tools for improved environmental governance, assessing the social and ecological benefits of community-based conservation initiatives, and most recently, understanding the drivers and conservation and security impacts of long distance cross border cattle migrations in Africa’s Sudano-Sahel. Matthew received his PhD in Ecology with a specialization in Human-Environment Interactions and his MA in Political Science from Colorado State University.


  • Galvin, K.A., T. Beeton, and M.W. Luizza (Revise and resubmit). African community-based conservation: A systematic review of social and ecological outcomes. Ecology and Society.
  • Luizza, M.W. (2017). Transhumant Pastoralism in Central Africa: Emerging Impacts on Conservation and Security. Issue Brief version 1.1 for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Division of International Conservation, Africa Branch. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.15410.91843/1.
  • Chignell, S., M. Luizza, S. Skach, P. Evangelista, and N. Young (2017). An integrative modeling approach to mapping wetlands in a heterogeneous Rocky Mountain watershed. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. doi: 10.1002/rse2.63.
  • West, A., P. Evangelista, C. Jarnevich, S. Kumar, A. Swallow, M.W. Luizza, and S. Chignell (2017). Using multi-date satellite imagery to monitor invasive grass species distribution in post-wildlife landscapes: An iterative, adaptable approach that employs open-source data and software. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 59: 135-146.
  • Luizza, M.W., P. Evangelista, C. Jarnevich, H. Stewart, and A. West (2016). Integrating subsistence practice and species distribution modeling: Assessing invasive elodea’s potential impact on Native Alaskan subsistence of Chinook salmon and whitefish. Environmental Management 58(1): 144-163.
  • Luizza, M.W., T. Wakie, P.H. Evangelista, and C.S. Jarnevich (2016). Integrating local pastoral knowledge, participatory mapping, and species distribution modeling for risk assessment of invasive rubber vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora) in Ethiopia’s Afar region. Ecology and Society 21(1): 22.
  • Wakie, T.T., D. Hoag, P.H. Evangelista, M. Luizza, and M. Laituri (2016). Is control through utilization a cost effective Prosopis juliflora management strategy? Journal of Environmental Management 168: 74-86.
  • Mattor, K., M. Betsill, C. Huayhuaca, H. Huber-Stearns, T. Jedd, F. Sternlieb, P. Bixler, M. Luizza, and A.S. Cheng (2014). Transdisciplinary Research on Environmental Governance: A View from the Inside. Environmental Science and Policy 42: 90-100.
  • Luizza, M.W., H. Young, C. Kuroiwa, P. Evangelista, A. Worede, R.W. Bussmann, and A. Weimer (2013) Local knowledge of plants and their uses among women in the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. Ethnobotany Research and Applications 11: 315-339.