In this video I talk about my upcoming book, Nationalizing Nature: Iguazu Falls and National Parks at the Brazil-Argentina Border. The book was written with the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. The book will be out in May 2021, with Cambridge University Press.
Landscape change in Brazil’s new capital, 1970s-2010s This is a preliminary study carried out with the help of Samuel Franklin on land cover change in Brasília and its Federal District (DF) between the 1970s and 2010s. The DF is a territory of 2228 square miles carved out of the neighboring state of Goiás in 1959 when Brasília was built. Similar to the Federal District in Mexico and the District of Columbia in the United States, the Brazilian DF was created […]
Landscape change at the Argentine-Brazilian border, 1953-2017 This series of interactive maps are a sequel to the ones I launched in 2014. They show deforestation and reforestation in national parks at the border between Brazil and Argentina, between the 1950s and the 2010s. They use as source aerial imagery unearthed from Brazilian archives and historical satellite pictures, including some from US spy satellites from the 1960s. The visualizations show the impressive environmental change occurring in almost seven decades, when this […]
Big Water is a book I edited with Jacob Blanc and published through University of Arizona Press in 2018. It is a book that focus on a overlooked Latin-American borderland, the Triple Frontier area between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. From the press: “Big Water explores four centuries of the overlapping histories of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay (the Triple Frontier), and the colonies that preceded them. Examining an important area that includes some of the first national parks established in Latin […]
Como seria o Brasil se fosse dividido em estados com populações parecidas? Há um tempo atrás eu topei com esse mapa dos Estados Unidos divididos em 50 estados com a mesma população e me deu vontade de fazer uma coisa parecida com o Brasil. O Brasil não tem colégio eleitoral como os EUA, mas as distorções que as diferenças de população entre os estados causam na representatividade da câmara são bem conhecidas. Usei as projeções do IBGE de Junho 2014 […]
A couple of years ago reddit user depo_ made a map of heavy metal bands per capita. Following his/her lead, I made these map and chart with punk and hardcore bands per capita, but only with bands from the 1970s and 1980s. The data for the bands comes from Kill From The Heart and the population data (based in 1980) from Wikipedia. It seems that besides volcanoes and glaciers Iceland had also many punk bands in the 1980s. This explains […]
Landscape Change in Southern Brazil, from 1953 to the Present Day Sixty years of landscape change in the Iguaçu National Park, Brazil The Iguaçu National Park was created between 1939 and 1944 by the Brazilian national government at the border with Argentina. The creation of the park was disputed by the local state government, which, in the late 1950s, started to settle hundreds of families of Brazilians farmers inside park area. This later resulted in a conflicted process of removal […]
Rivers and Whirlpools: a spatial and historical interpretation of La Vorágine The initial scene of the 1972 film, Aguirre, the Wrath of Good, depicts a sixteenth-century expedition descending from the Andeans highlands into the Amazonian lowlands. The expedition led by Francisco Pizarro is in search of the mythical city of El Dorado. The movie, directed by Werner Herzog, is a hodge-podge of different exploratory travels of sixteenth-century conquistadores, from Francisco de Orellana’s upriver Amazonian voyage to Lope de Aguirre’s downriver […]