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Craig Hutton
Craig Hutton
(979) 845- 7141
810 Eller O&M Building
Texas A&M University
MS 3147 
College Station, Texas 77843


M.A., Geography, University of Missouri, 2009

B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1998


Texas A&M University

  • 2011-12, 2012-13: Unocal Graduate Fellowship in Geosciences, College of Geosciences
  • 2010-11: Excellence in Academics and Geographical Research Award, Department of Geography Graduate Enhancement Funds
  • 2009-10: College of Geosciences Incentive Scholarship
  • 2009-13: NSF-IGERT Trainee, Applied Biodiversity Science Program

 University of Missouri - Columbia

  • 2009: Department of Geography Jesse H. Wheeler Graduate Achievement Award
  • 2008: Department of Geography Outstanding Student Teaching Award
  • 2007-08, 2008-09: Komen Fellowship, Department of Geography
  • 2007-09: Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program

Craig Hutton

Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

I am interested in environmental governance, land-use change, the expansion of the agricultural frontier, and conservation possibilities in production landscapes.  While my pivot foot remains in political ecology, I look for opportunities to collaborate with partners in the natural sciences and to work with mixed-methods approaches to better understand changing physical and social landscapes.  

My current research centers on environmental governance, the expansion of agriculture, and institutions in the semi-arid Chaco region of northwestern Argentina. In 2007, Argentina passed a national forestry law and thereby instituted a national land-zoning conservation policy to check increased levels of deforestation and control agriculture expansion. Using ethnography, Q-method, and NMDS vegetation analysis, I explore the impacts and social perspectives of the national policy and its implementation in the provinces of Salta and Formosa -- and what it means for conserving biodiversity in the Argentine Chaco. 

Selected Publications


2011. "Conservation in three colors: Regional land-use and forest conservation policy in Salta province, Argentina," poster presented at the 12th Annual Ecological Integration Symposium, 25 March, College Station, Texas

2011. "Tri-colored governance: Land-use policy, production, and conservation opportunity in the Argentine Chaco," ongoing dissertation research presented for feedback as a TAMU Applied Biodiversity Science Program Cross-Pollination Presentation, 28 February, College Station, Texas

2008. "Shades of Green in New Orleans' Lower Ninth: an opportunity for green (re)building?," manuscript presented at West Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers, 14 November, Bloomington, Indiana


Wonkka, Carissa L., C.W. Lafon, C.M. Hutton, and A.J. Joslin (2012) A CSR classification of tree life history strategies and implications for ice storm damage. Oikos, 1-14. [published Early View

Hutton, Craig M., (2012) Situating a mobile environmental policy, Applied Biodiversity Science Perspective Series, 2(2), 1-14. [online, not peer-reviewed]

Larsen, Soren & C. Hutton (2011) Community discourse and the emerging amenity landscapes of the rural American West. GeoJournal, 1-15. [published Online First]

Additional Information

TAMU Research and Academic Affiliations

Advisor: Dr. Christian Brannstrom
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