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G. Thomas LaVanchy

  • PhD
  • Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor
  • University of Denver
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Hydrogeology Journal

Associate Editor

2018 - Present

Recent publications

  • Challenges to Water Security along the “Emerald Coast”: A Political Ecology of Local Water Governance in Nicaragua

    • LaVanchy G
    • Romano S
    • Taylor M
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  • When wells run dry: Water and tourism in Nicaragua

    • LaVanchy G
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Professional experience

Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor

University of Denver

September 2016 - Present

Visiting Assistant Professor

Gustavus Adolphus College Department of Geography

September 2015 - June 2016(9 months)

Adjunct Professor

University of Denver

June 2013 - September 2015(2 years)

STAR Fellow

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

September 2012 - September 2015(3 years)



University of Denver

September 2010 - September 2015(5 years)

MA in Social Sciences

University of Chicago

September 2009 - August 2010(a year)

BA: Geology, Education

Wheaton College

August 1994 - January 1999(4 years)


I am a broadly trained physical geographer with research interest in human-environmental interaction. Geography is a field that allows me to combine several interrelated interests: water resources, environmental justice, the conflict and contradictions between economic development and environmental conservation, and international tourism. I use a political ecology approach in my research that integrates perspectives of hydrology, political economy and human ecology across spatial, ecosystem, and temporal scales. Currently, I study the impact of tourism on groundwater quantities in southwest Nicaragua. I have also studied coastal erosion and the urbanization of Dakar, Senegal from a political ecology perspective.

Co-authors (2)

  • hacene mellah
  • Papers Revista de Sociologia