Geography & Environmental Studies

MSC 01 1110
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Bandelier West & East

Phone: (505)277-5041
Fax: (505)277-3614



Bandelier Hall West – Room 224


  • Water Resources
  • Water Law
  • Public Lands Management
  • Transboundary Issues
  • Environmental Management


Curriculum Vitae


Educational Background
Doctor of Philosophy, 1980
University of Washington, Geography
Doctoral Dissertation: “Legal Elements in Mineral Development with Special Reference to Idaho”


Juris Doctor, 1975
University of Idaho, Law


Master of Arts, 1971
University of Washington, Geography
Master’s Thesis: “Government Policy and American Indian Cultural Change”


Bachelor of Arts, 1969
University of Washington, Geography


Courses Taught
  • Water management
  • Public Lands
  • World Regional Geography


Selected Publications
Matthews, Olen Paul, and Dan St. Germaine, “Boundaries and Transboundary Water Conflicts ”, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol. 133, pp.386 – 396 (2007).


Matthews, Olen Paul and Michael Pease, “The Commerce Clause, Interstate Compacts, and Marketing Water across State Boundaries”, Natural Resources Journal, Vol. 46: 3, pp. 601 – 656 (2006).


Matthews, Olen Paul, Bradley Cullen, and Robert Campbell, “Up and Down but Not Out: A History of the Geography Department at the University of New Mexico”, Southwestern Geographer, Vol. 9, pp. 65 – 84 (2005).


Matthews, Olen Paul, “Ground Water Rights, Spatial Variation, and Transboundary Conflicts,” Ground Water, Vol. 43:5, pp. 691-99 (September-October 2005).


Matthews, Olen Paul, “Fundamental Questions about Water Rights and Market Reallocation,” Water Resources Research, Vol. 40 No. 9 W09S08 (August 2004).


Administrative Duties
Undergraduate Advisor