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Landscape Architecture Program

Phone: (208) 885-7448
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E-mail: larch@uidaho.edu

University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2481
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2481

Lilian Alessa

Lil Alessa



College of Art & Architecture
Professor
Director of the Center for Resilient Rural Communities

With UI Since 2014


  • Biography

    Lilian Alessa, University of Idaho is a Professor of Resilient Landscapes in the Landscape Architecture program, and is Director of the Center for Resilient Rural Communities. She conducts extensive research on human adaptation to environmental change, funded by the National Science Foundation, including Arctic Observing Network and Dynamics of Coupled Natural Human Systems projects. Canadian-born and raised, Alessa received her degrees from the University of British Columbia. Her expertise is in social-ecological systems science and the development of highly integrated approaches to better understanding complex environmental processes, particularly through the incorporation of place-based knowledge. Lil is a member of the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education.

  • Selected Publications
    • Alessa, L., Kliskey, A.2012. The role of agent types in detecting and responding to environmental change. Human Organtzation 71(1): 1-10.
    • Kliskey, 4., Alessa, L.2011. The role of Fresh Water in Alaska's Communities. In: North By 2020 - Perspectives on Alaska's Changing Social-Ecological Systems. A. Lovecraft and H. Eicken. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, IL. Chapter 3.4.
    • The Hi'iaka Working Group (Alessa, L., Johnson, J., Kealiikanakaoleohaililani, K., Kingston, D., Kliskey, 4., Louis, R., et al.). 2011. krdigenous Knowledges driving Technological Innovation. AAPI Nexus Journal 9(l &2): 241 -248.
  • Research Projects
    • Alaska EPSCoR, "Alaskans Adapting to Changing Environments" primary author and Project Director.
    • Social Ecological Systems Resilience and Natural Resource Management in Alaska: 5 Grants, National Science Foundation.
    • Arctic Observing Networks: The Bering Sea Sub Network (National Science Foundation, U.S. and Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia): 2 Grants, National Science Foundation.
  • Awards and Honors
    • University of Alaska Anchorage, Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence Recipient 2011
    • University of Alaska Anchorage, Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence Nominee 2010
    • University of Alaska Anchorage, Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence Nominee 2008
    • University of Alaska Anchorage, Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient 2007