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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
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University of Washington
Box 355740
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
Street Address:
3949 15th Ave 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

Hutyra, L. Yoon, B. and M. Alberti. 2010. Terrestrial carbon stocks across a gradient of urbanization: A study of the Seattle, WA region. Global Change Biology. Forthcoming

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

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

Cuo, L., Lettenmaier, D.P., Alberti, M., Richey, J.E. 2009. Effects of a century of land cover and climate change on the hydrology of the Puget Sound basin. Hydrological Processes 23 (6): 907-933.

Shandas, V and M. Alberti, 2009. Exploring the role of vegetation fragmentation on aquatic conditions: Linking upland with riparian areas in Puget Sound lowland streams. Landscape and Urban Planning 90: 66-75.

Alberti, M. 2008. Advances in Urban Ecology: Integrating Humans and Ecological Processes in Urban Ecosystems. Springer-Verlag.

Alberti, M., Booth, D., Hill, K., Avolio, C., Coburn,B., Coe, S., and D. Spirandelli. 2007. "The impact of urban patterns on aquatic ecosystems: An empirical analysis in Puget lowland sub-basins." Landscape and Urban Planning. Volume 80, Issue 4.

Alberti, M., Christie, P., Marzluff, J. and J. Tewksbury. 2007. "Interactions Between Natural and Human Systems in Puget Sound." Sound Science: Synthesizing Ecological and Socioeconomic Information about the Puget Sound Ecosystem. January 2007.

Alberti, M., C. Redman, J. Wu, J. Marzluff, M. Handcock, J. Anderies, P. Waddell, D. Fox, H. Kautz, J. Hepinstall. 2006. "Urban Landscape Patterns and Global Environmental Change (GEC): Complex dynamics and emergent properties." International Human Dimension of Global Climate Change. Spring 2006.

Morawitz, D., Blewett, T. Cohen, A. and M. Alberti. 2006. "Using NDVI to Assess Vegetative Land Cover Change in Central Puget Sound." Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. Volume 114, Numbers 1-3.

Alberti, M. 2005. "The Effects of Urban Patterns on Ecosystem Function." International Regional Science Review 28(2):169-192.

Alberti, M. and J. Marzluff. 2004. "Resilience in Urban Ecosystems: Linking Urban Patterns to Human and Ecological Functions." Urban Ecosystems 7:241-265.

Alberti, M., R. Weeks, and S. Coe. 2004. "Urban Land Cover Change Analysis for the Central Puget Sound: 1991-1999." Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 70:1043-1052.

Alberti, M., J. Marzluff, E. Shulenberger, G. Bradley, C. Ryan, and C. Zumbrunnen. 2003. "Integrating Humans Into Ecology: Opportunities And Challenges For Urban Ecology." BioScience 53(12).

Alberti, M. 2001. "Quantifying the Urban Gradient: Linking Urban Planning and Ecology." In J. M. Marzluff, R. Bowman, R. McGowan, R. Donnelly, Eds. Avian Ecology in an Urbanizing World. Kluwer, New York.

Alberti, M and P Waddell. 2000. "An Integrated Urban Development and Ecological Model." Integrated Assessment 1:215-227.

Alberti, M. 1999. "Modeling the Urban Ecosystem: A Conceptual Framework." Environment and Planning B 26:605-630.

Alberti, M. 1999. "Urban Patterns and Environmental Performance: What Do We Know?" Journal of Planning Education and Research 19(2):151-163.

Alberti, M and P Waddell. 1999. "Developing an Integrated Urban Development and Ecological Model." In P. Rizzi (Ed.) Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management. Franco Angeli, Milan.

Alberti, M. 1999. "Urban Form and Ecosystem Dynamics: Empirical Evidence and Practical Implications." In M. Jenks, E. Burton, and K. Williams. Achieving Sustainable Urban Form. Routledge, London.

Alberti, M. 1997. "Measuring Urban Sustainability." Environmental Impact Assessment Review Special Issue, Vol. 16, n. 4-6, July-Nov.

Alberti, M. and L. Susskind (eds).1997. "Managing Urban Sustainability." Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Special Issue, Vol. 16, n. 4-6, July-Nov.

Daily, G.C., Ehrlich P.R. and M. Alberti. 1996. "Managing Earth’s Life Support Systems: The game, the players, and getting everyone to play." Ecological Applications. Vol. 6, N.1

Alberti, M., G. Solera, and V. Tsetsi. 1994. Sustainable Cities. F. Angeli, Rome.

Alberti, M., V. Bettini, B. Bollini, and E. Falqui. 1988. Environmental Impact Assessment Methods, CLUP-CLUED, Milan.

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