Maria Lane


Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies
Director, R.H. Mallory Center for Community Geography
Ph.D., University of Austin, Texas | CV Website

Dr. Lane joined The University of New Mexico in 2006. A historical geographer, she studies environmental knowledge claims and is particularly interested in maps, science, and stories and the roles they play in creating, challenging, or legitimizing different human-environment understandings. Lane’s projects generally focus on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with regional emphases on the American West, the Spanish & British Caribbean, the arid landscapes of Mars, and places with colonial histories.  


Historical geography, environmental knowledge, colonialism, American west and southwest, Atlantic basin, history and geography of science, history of cartography, legal geography


Dr. Lane is a historical geographer who studies how environmental knowledge is produced through maps, science, stories, and policy.