Marina Alberti

Marina Alberti

Professor

Marina Alberti is Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning in the Department of Urban
Design and Planning at the University of Washington. She is Director of the Urban Ecology
Research Lab https://urbaneco.uw.edu/ and PI of the NSF Funded Research Collaboration
Networks on Urban Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics https://www.urbanecoevo.net/. She teaches
courses in Urban Science, Urban Ecology, Environmental Planning, Research Design, Geographic
Information Systems, and Group Dynamic and Conflict resolution. Alberti’s research interests
are in urban ecology and evolution. 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 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.