Brian Michael Napoletano

Brian Michael Napoletano
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México | UNAM · Centre of Research in Environmental Geography

PhD, Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University

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Introduction
Brian M. Napoletano is an associate professor in the Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental (Center for Investigations in Environmental Geography) of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico). He holds a doctorate in Forestry and Natural Resources from Purdue University and a master's in Zoology and a bachelor's in Telecommunication from Michigan State University. His research currently focuses on geographical manifestations of metabolic rift in terms of land change, territorial dispossession, and alienation.
Additional affiliations
June 2014 - present
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Position
  • Investigador Asociado "C"
Description
  • Proyecto principal: Los conflictos mineros y territorio en la Sierra Norte del Puebla.
January 2012 - January 2014
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Position
  • Becario posdoctoral
Description
  • Proyecto principal: Linking proximate and underlying drivers of environmental change from local to global scales.
August 2011 - December 2011
University of Detroit Mercy
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Instructor of an undergraduate course on Environmental Science for students with non-science majors.
Education
August 2005 - May 2011
Purdue University
Field of study
  • Forestry and Natural Resources
January 2002 - December 2004
Michigan State University
Field of study
  • Zoology
August 1998 - December 2001
Michigan State University
Field of study
  • Telecommunication and Information Technology Services

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Publications (36)
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The human social-metabolic relation to what Karl Marx calls ‘the universal metabolism of nature’ has become dangerously antagonistic, altering the Earth System on a scale that threatens to undermine human existence itself. In the face of this threat, many anthropocentric or anthropomorphic notions — such as the human domination of nature, ‘the prod...
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The social and environmental failure of successive Western development models imposed on the global South has led local communities to pursue alternatives to development. Such alternatives seek radical societal transformations that require the production of new knowledge, practices, technologies, and institutions that are effective to achieve more...
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L a actual configuración metabólica socio-ecológica de la humanidad no es sostenible y cada vez es más evidente la necesidad de una transformación radical de la sociedad para abordar estas fracturas metabólicas con el resto de la naturaleza. El trabajo del marxista francés Henri Lefebvre, uno de los pocos pensadores que reconoció la importancia de...
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Henri Lefebvre's intricate material-dialectical approach to the nature-society problematic, taken together with his advocacy of a praxis oriented to total transformation from the ground up through autogestion, offers a unified, critical, and dialectical approach to political ecology. Unfortunately, his work in these areas has too often been interpr...
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The work of Henri Lefebvre has played a pivotal role in human geography in recent decades. At the same time, it has frequently been subject to partial and fragmented appropriations that isolate his insights on the production of space from his broader corpus, leading to confusion and misunderstanding regarding his handling of the dialectical relatio...
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This chapter provides an overview of the concepts and constructs of territory and territoriality, with its special focus on their meanings in Latin America and to what extent these are considered as exceptional. The framings and material manifestations of the concepts are interrogated as historical palimpsests, as tools related to policy in neolibe...
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This chapter introduces a collection of original geographical research on territorial processes in diverse settings throughout Latin America. Most of the works were first brought together in a pair of sessions organised by two of the co-authors at the 35th Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers held in San José Costa Rica, the guiding purpose...
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The vision of this book is to bring together examples of grounded geographic research carried out in Latin America regarding territorial processes. These encompass a range of histories, processes, strategies and mechanisms, with case studies from ten countries and many regions: struggles to reclaim indigenous lands, conflicts over land/resource/env...
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Humanity's present social-ecological metabolic configuration is not sustainable, and the need for a radical transformation of society to address its metabolic rifts with the rest of nature is increasingly apparent. The work of French Marxist Henri Lefebvre, one of the few thinkers to recognize the significance of Karl Marx's theory of metabolic rif...
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This study entailed a review of 63 scientific articles on geospatial and spatial-statistical analysis of the geographical dimension of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The diversity of themes identified in this paper can be grouped into the following categories of disease mapping: spatiotemporal analysis, health and social geograph...
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El libro explora, desde los ámbitos de la geografía (humana), la historia y los estudios ambientales la noción de "paisaje", en el contexto americano. Para ello, se realiza un abordaje desde temas concretos en la geografía de paisaje, la geografía histórica, la geografía cultural, la historia del arte, la la arqueología de paisaje y la ecología pol...
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En este trabajo nos proponemos una revisión de la bibliografía, sobre las investigaciones en torno al paisaje en México. Particularmente, nos interesa dimensionar qué disciplinas trabajan enfoques de paisaje, cómo lo conceptualizan o si apenas lo esbozan; quiénes desarrollan estudios metodológicos sobre éste y, si es así, en que bases epistemológic...
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As part of a deconstruction of national identity, Jennifer Jolly, in her Creating Pátzcuaro, Creating Mexico: Art, Tourism, and Nation Building under Lázaro Cárdenas, analyzes the tourist town of Pátzcuaro in the west-central Mexican state of Michoacán as a microcosm of cultural power in which tourism, art, history, and ethnicity were woven togethe...
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The deepening biodiversity crisis in the Anthropocene has led to polarised debates within the conservation movement regarding its objectives and guiding principles. Within this intellectual milieu, the Half-Earth project's call to enclose at least half the planet within protected areas has been defended as an ecocentric approach that overrides the...
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French Marxist sociologist, Henri Lefebvre, was one of the foremost social theorists of the twentieth century, celebrated for his critiques of everyday life, urban revolution, and the production of space. We argue here that his mature work also encompassed a theory of ecological crisis, drawing directly on Marx’s theory of metabolic rift. In this c...
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Marx's concept of metabolic rift has emerged as a prominent theoretical framework with which to explain the socioecological crises of capitalism. Yet, despite its relevance to key concerns in critical environmental geography, it has remained marginal within the field. Here we address this by distinguishing between metabolic rift theory and two pred...
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Capitalist urbanization is recognized as an important aspect of environmental change and conflict in Latin America. Karl Marx’s theory of metabolic rift can offer powerful insights into the alienated mediation of society and nature underlying the socio-ecological contradictions and conflicts associated with urbanization, but has been under-utilized...
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Marx’s concept of metabolic rift has emerged as an important category in ecological Marxism, but has received relatively little attention in political ecology. This appears to reflect a combination of confusion regarding the conceptual basis of metabolic rift and theoretical antagonisms between its materialist dialectic and dominant post-humanist a...
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Indigenous territories are facing increasing pressures from numerous legal and illegal activities that are pushing commodity frontiers within their limits, frequently causing severe environmental degradation and threatening indigenous territorial rights and livelihoods. In Central and South America, after nearly three decades of participatory mappi...
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The European Landscape Convention (ELC) has encouraged affiliated countries to develop several assessment methodologies to facilitate land management in an effort to develop compatible, integrative assessment techniques that can be applied in diverse geographic settings. Here we begin to address the question of how to develop comprehensive landscap...
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One of the primary objectives of physical geography is to determine how natural phenomena produce specific territorial patterns. Therefore, physical geography offers substantial scientific input into territorial planning for sustainability. A key area where physical geography can contribute to land management is in the delimitation of landscape uni...
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This paper analyzes slope management through terrace agriculture in Latin America's hilly to mountainous terrain to assess the practice's potential role in climate-change adaptation in the region. We review the historical geography of slope management in variable climates and highlight the role of social, rural innovation, and hybrid knowledge in t...
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The evolution of the study of ecoacoustics provides a theoretical foundation from which people may begin examining socio-ecological dynamics at higher spatiotemporal resolutions and developing new variables and suites of system indicators of current and desired biophysical conditions. This chapter primarily focuses on potential and actual contribut...
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We examined how both horizontal and vertical aspects of land-cover diversity influence patterns of avian species-richness across North America. Using count data from Breeding Bird Survey routes within the conterminous USA and land-cover data from the National Land Cover Data-set, we analyzed relationships between species-richness estimates, vegetat...
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The cumulative and systemic implications of land change have prompted the inclusion of land-change science (LCS) in global change and sustainability discourse If LCS is to make a genuine contribution to sustainability, then it needs to go beyond the proximate issues and address the underlying, systemic factors contributing to land change. The use o...
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Data gathered through community-based forest monitoring (CBFM) programs may be as accurate as those gathered by professional scientists, but acquired at a much lower cost and capable of providing more detailed data about the occurrence, extent and drivers of forest loss, degradation and regrowth at the community scale. In addition, CBFM enables gre...
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This article presents a unifying theory of soundscape ecology, which brings the idea of the soundscape—the collection of sounds that emanate from landscapes—into a research and application focus. Our conceptual framework of soundscape ecology is based on the causes and consequences of biological (biophony), geophysical (geophony), and human-produce...
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An ecological description of a landscape transcends its geographical definition to characterize it in terms of a complex agency composed of a spatial mosaic, structured energy, information and meaning. Because the dimensions of the landscape encompasses both natural and human processes, it requires a more robust set of theories that incorporate the...
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Assessment of ecosystem biodiversity by measurement of acoustic diversity was explored [B. L. Krause, Explorers J., Winter, 156–160 (1993)]. Specific acoustic indices (e.g., based on frequency spectrum) were developed and correlated with standard diversity indices (e.g., standard species abundance indices). Necessary technological infrastructures a...
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The extent to which humanity's metabolism of natural resources has impacted the biosphere is significant. After discussing the global state of biodiversity, I use the 1992 National Land Cover Dataset and the North American Breeding Bird Survey to examine how avian species richness responds to habitat-level factors across the conterminous United Sta...
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The Bush administration's abuse of power generated opposition across the political spectrum, al-though mainstream criticism has focused almost exclusively on the methods he employed instead of the objectives he sought to achieve. This limited criticism has prevented the broader context of the previ-ous administration's policies from entering the de...
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The word "therapeutic science" arises from the Greek: Therapeytikè (the art of assistance) and its use as an ecological hy-pothesis seems at first a little forced. But the ecosystem services that natural processes provide and "offer" to humans are not only restricted to air, water and food, they are spread on a large family of apparently small and...
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Thesis (M.S.)--Michigan State University. Dept. of Zoology, 2004. Includes bibliographical references. Microfiche. s

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A colleague pointed out the other day that, in Mexico at least, the system of formal evaluation heavily favors publications over education, with public outreach and education in scientific literacy all but completely ignored. As a simple way to begin to rectify this shortcoming, he suggested that scientists should be encouraged to contribute to articles in the Wikipedia pertaining to their specializations. In all honesty, that seems to me like a very good idea, and by just mentioning such topics in our CVs, we could begin to legitimize the practice.

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Epistemología y métodos de paisaje mediante el enfoque cultural
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El objetivo principal de este estudio es mapear, cuantificar y calificar cambios de cobertura y uso del suelo/territorio locales en la periferia urbana de Morelia en el contexto del desarrollo, la globalización y, consecuentemente, la economía capitalista mundial. Este objetivo conlleva los siguientes tres objetivos particulares: 1. Identificar los cambios territoriales en la periferia urbana de Morelia. esto incluye determinar la dirección y áreas de expansión del ambiente construido y su infraestructura, la evolución de asentamientos informales y la conversión de suelo de uso agropecuario a asentamiento urbano e infraestructura. 2. Identificar las trayectorias dominantes en estos cambios territoriales. Esto implica compilar información detallada acerca de la tenencia de la tierra, paisajes culturales e identificación de causas directas de conversión de usos de suelo y territorio en el área de estudio. 3. Vincular estas trayectorias de cambio territorial con factores estructurales. Esto involucra examinar las causas directas de cambio territorial en el contexto de la economía política del capital y la globalización de la economía capitalista mundial (Wallerstein, 1979).