Professor of Biological Sciences
Ph.D. The University of Otago (Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo), New Zealand
Resilience and Adaptive Management Group
USGS Alaska Climate Science Center
UAA node - Geographic Information Network of Alaska
Office: CPSB 201G
Website: RAM Group
BIOL A490 Ecological and Environmental Applications of GIS
BIOL A690 Advanced Ecological and Environmental Applications of GISResearch Interests:
I am a landscape ecologist and behavioural geographer with interests in landscape ecology, social-ecological systems, behavioural and perceptual geography, geographic information systems (GIS), and Indigenous knowledge. Our work in the RAM Group takes an interdisciplinary perspective directed at integrated methodologies for understanding humans in ecosystems, that is, social-ecological systems. We develop, use, and promote rigorous interdisciplinary science that has relevance to society and particularly to communities at the local-level. My current focus is on the understanding of community response, resilience, and adaptation to environmental change. This is informed by ecological, geographical, anthropological and systems theories including complex systems and resilience frameworks using a combination of quantitative, qualitative, and spatial approaches.
1992-1996 Postdoc. University of British Columbia, Canada.
1989-1992 Ph.D. University of Otago, N.Z.
1987-1988 M. RRP. University of Otago, N.Z.
1984-1986 B. Surv. University of Otago, N.Z.
Current Research Projects:
2011-2015. NSF-CNH; A. Kliskey, L. Alessa, M. Altaweel, R. Lammers. Collaborative Research:Dynamics of Coupled-Natural Systems: Understanding the consequences of water-use decisions in a dynamic environment.
2010-2012. NSF-OPP; D. Kingston, A. Kliskey, L. Alessa, R. Louis. Indigenous Ecological Knowledges and Geographic Information Systems: Exploring ontologically compatible techniques and technologies.
2010-2015. USGS, T. Rupp, A. Kliskey. USGS Alaska Climate Science Center.
2009-2014. NSF-AON, L. Alessa, V. Gofman, A. Kliskey. Arctic Observation Network: An indigenous human-sensor network Bering Sea Sub-Network: International Community-Based Observation Alliance for Arctic Observing Network (BSSN).
2008-2012. NSF-OPP. L. Alessa, A. Kliskey, P. Schweitzer, D. White. International Polar Year: Municipal Water Systems and the Resilience of Arctic Communities.
Recent Selected Publications (from 50):
Alessa, L.,Kliskey, A. In press. The role of agent types in detecting and responding to environmental change. Human Organization.
- The Hi’iaka Working Group (Louis, R., Johnson, J., Kliskey, A., Alessa, L., Kealiikanakaoleohaililani, K., Kingston, D., et al.). In press. Indigenous knowledges driving technological innovation. AAPI Nexus Journal.
Mack, S., Mack, L., Alessa, L., Kliskey, A. In press. The integration of digital terrain visualization in ethnography: The historic village of Belkofski, Alaska. Visual Anthropology.
Bone, C., Alessa, L.,Altaweel, M., Kliskey, A., Lammers, R. 2011. Assessing the impacts of Local Knowledge and Technology on Climate Change Vulnerability in Remote Communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 8: 733-761. doi:10.3390/ijerph8030733.
Alessa, L.,Altaweel, M.,Kliskey, A., Bone, C., Schnabel, W., Stevenson, K. 2011. Water in Alaska: the next 50 years. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 47(1):143-157. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2010.00498.x.
Altaweel, M., Alessa, L.,Kliskey, A. 2009. Forecasting resilience in arctic societies: creating tools for assessing social-hydrological systems. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 45(6): 1379-1389. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2009.00370.x.
Alessa, L.,Kliskey, A., and Altaweel, M. 2009. Toward a typology of social-ecological systems. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 5, 31-41. <http://ejournal.nbii.org/archives/vol5iss1/0811-034.alessa.html>.
Kliskey, A., Alessa, L, and Barr, B. 2009. Integrating local and traditional ecological knowledge for marine resilience. In: Managing for resilience: new directions for marine ecosystem-based management. K. McLeod and H. Leslie (eds.). Island Press Publishers. pp. 145–161.
Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Lammers, R., Arp, C., White, D., Busey, R., Hinzman, L. 2008. The Arctic water resources vulnerability index. Environmental Management 42, 523-541.
Alessa, L., Kliskey, A., Brown, G. 2008. Social-ecological Hotspots Mapping: a spatial approach for identifying coupled social-ecological space. Landscape and Urban Planning 85, 27-39.