Marina Alberti

Marina Alberti is a Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed University Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. She completed her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Post Doctorate Fellowship at Stanford University. She directs the Urban Ecology Research Laboratory, a research team that studies cities as hybrid ecosystems.

 

Alberti’s research interests are in urban ecology and eco-evolutionary dynamics. Her studies focus on the interactions between urban patterns and ecosystem function, urban signatures of evolutionary change, and the properties of cities that enhance their resilience and transformative capacity. She also leads research on urban ecological modeling, scenario planning, and urban ecological metrics to monitor progress and inform policy-making and planning.

 

In her recent book, Cities That Think Like Planets (UW Press 2016), Alberti advances a science of cities that work on a planetary scale and link unpredictable dynamics to the potential for socio-ecological innovation.

"Cities are microcosms of the evolutionary changes that are occurring on a planetary scale and thus provide a natural laboratory to advance our understanding of eco-evolutionary dynamics in a rapidly urbanizing world." 

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