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.