Marina Alberti is Associate professor of Urban and Environmental
Planning in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the
University of Washington. Her research interests are in the impacts of
alternative urban development patterns on ecosystem dynamics:

She is currently directing a NSF funded research project aimed to study
the impact of urban development patterns on ecosystem dynamics in the
Puget Sound region. She is also developing a simulation model that
integrates urban development and ecological dynamics to predict the
impact of urban growth in this region. Her research also focuses on
measures of urban environmental performance that can be used to monitor
progress and inform policy-making. She teaches courses in Urban Ecology,
Environmental Impact Management, Urban and Regional Geo-Spatial
Analysis, and Group Dynamic and Conflict resolution. She is also
involved in an interdisciplinary team at the University of Washington
exploring innovative approaches to interdisciplinary graduate education
in Urban Ecology.