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Dr. Nicholas R. Magliocca


Assistant Research Professor
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
University of Maryland, College Park
email: nmagliocca@sesync.org

Ph.D., Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2009-2012)
M.E.M., Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University (2006-2008)
B.S., Environmental Systems Program, University of California, San Diego (2002-2006)

Research Interests:

My research focuses on building a systemic understanding of coupled human-natural systems. In particular, I am interested in understanding how patterns of land-use and land-cover change emerge from human alterations of natural processes and the resulting feedbacks. Study systems of interest include those undergoing agricultural to urban conversion, typically known as urban sprawl, and those in which protective measures, such as wildfire suppression or flood/storm impact controls, can lead to long-term instability.

Dynamic agent- and process-based simulation models are my primary tools for studying human and natural systems, respectively. My past work includes the creation of dynamic, process-based simulation models of the wildland fires along the urban-wildland interface (UWI), and artificial dune construction to protect coastal development along a barrier island coastline. My current research involves the testing, refinement, extension of an economic agent-based model of coupled housing and land markets (CHALMS), and a new project developing a generalized agent-based model of land-use change to explore local human-environmental interactions globally.


Keywords: Coupled human-natural systems; anthropogenic landscapes; complex systems; agent-based modeling; process-based modeling; emergence; land-use change; barrier islands; artificial dune construction; urban-wildland interface (UWI); CHALMS; Anthromes.