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Marina Alberti

Departmental Faculty

Marina Alberti, PhD
Professor, Urban Design and Planning
Adjunct Professor, Landscape Architecture
Director of Urban Ecology Lab
Director, Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning


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Office: 427 Gould Hall
Phone: (206) 616-8667
Fax: (206) 685-9597
Mailing Address:
University of Washington
Box 355740
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
Street Address:
3950 University Way NE
427 Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

My research interests are in the impacts of alternative urban development patterns on ecosystem dynamics. I am currently directing an NSF-funded research project aimed at studying the impact of urban development patterns on ecosystem dynamics in the Puget Sound region. I am also developing a simulation model that integrates urban development and ecological dynamics to predict the impact of urban growth in this region. My research also focuses on measures of urban environmental performance that can be used to monitor progress and inform policy making. I teach courses in Urban Ecology, Environmental Impact Management, Urban and Regional Geo-Spatial Analysis, and Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution. I am also involved in an interdisciplinary team at the University of Washington exploring innovative approaches to interdisciplinary graduate education in Urban Ecology.

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Selected Publications

“Terrestrial carbon stocks across a gradient of urbanization: Study of the Seattle, WA region”. With Hutyra, L. R., Yoon, B. Global Change Biology. 2011, 17 (2): 783–787.

“Effects of mid-twenty-first century climate and land cover change on the hydrology of the Puget Sound basin, Washington”. With Cuo, L., Beyene, T.K., Viosin, N., Su, F., Lettenmaier, D.P., and J.E. Richey. Hydrological Processes. 2011, 25.

“Land cover change in the Seattle metropolitan region: An examination of spatio-temporal patterns and carbon consequences”. With Hutyra, L. R., Yoon, B., Hepinstall-Cymerman, J. Landscape and Urban Planning. 2011, 103: 83-93.

“Maintaining ecological integrity and sustaining ecosystem function in urban areas”. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2010, 2 (3): 178-184.

“Using Urban Landscape Trajectories to Develop a Multi-Temporal Land Cover Database to Support Ecological Modeling”. With Hepinstall-Cymerman, H, Coe, S. Remote Sensing 2009, 1 (4) 1373-1379.

“Predicting avian community responses to increasing urbanization”. With Hepinstall, J.A.,

“Hot, congested, crowded and diverse: Emerging research agendas in planning”. With Blanco, H., Forsyth, A., Krizek, K.J., Rodriguez, D.A., Talen, E., Ellis, C.. Progress in Planning 2009, 71: 153-205.

“Shaken, shrinking, hot, impoverished and informal: Emerging research agendas in planning”. With Blanco, H; Olshansky, R; Chang, S; Wheeler, SM; Randolph, J; London, JB; Hollander, JB; Pallagst, KM; Schwarz, T; Popper, FJ; Parnell, S; Pieterse, E; Watson, V.. Progress in Planning 2009, 72: 195-250,.

Plus 11 additional referred journal articles.

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