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Kostas Alexandridis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marine and Environmental Science , Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES), University of the Virgin Islands
Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands of the United States

Research field: Environmental Sciences - Miscellaneous
Social-environmental complexity; participatory community-based management; coupled human-natural systems; natural resource management; socio-ecological resilience; sustainable livelihoods; land use change; human dimensions in natural resource management;

Publications

Awards and Grants

  •  Jul 2012 
    NSF EPSCoR Living on Earth III: Social-Ecological Systems Workshop 2012, October 24-28, 2012
  •  Sep 2010 
    NSF Education Research Grant: The use of creative problem solving as curriculum enhancement to impro
  •  Apr 2010 
    VI-EPSCoR: The role of experiential social learning in achieving semantic transformations in communi
  •  Apr 2010 
    VI-EPSCoR: Assessing the use of creative problem solving as curricular enhancements to improve socia

Biographical Information

My research strives to emphasize the paramount significance of multi and cross-disciplinary nature of scientific discovery, especially related to coupled human – natural systems of interaction. The study of human dimensions in natural resource management and policy involves understanding the volatile and deeply uncertain nature of human cognition, behavior and action. By the same token, indistinguishably involves embracing the complexity, nonlinearity and dynamic characteristics of interactions among the components of such coupled system. My past, current and future work moves along the following directions:

(a) Understanding the fundamental elements that shape, formulate and transform collective social cognition, behavior, and action. It includes the study of social-ecological emergence and complex patterns of community behavior and decision-making. An example is the study of natural resource-based livelihoods that encapsulates environmental, social, economic and cultural synergies in exploring alternative, sustainable and resilient future pathways improving and enhancing human wellbeing and ecological resilience. Another example is the study of how local and regional communities transform and adapt in the face of important environmental challenges, risks and/or vulnerabilities (including climate change, extreme or catastrophic events, to name a few).

(b) Making sense of complex patterns of interactions in a fundamentally multidimensional universe of real-world interactions. I am studying the emergence of complex patterns in biophysical, geographic, social, economic and cultural settings using advanced and intelligent mathematical, graph-theoretic and statistical algorithms, pattern recognition methodologies, data mining techniques and spatially-explicit tools. A key emphasis of my research is the true integration of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including cutting-edge science tools and methodological advances. Furthermore, I am interested on how human communities, decision and policy-makers understand and interact with randomness and unpredictability in natural resource management settings.

(c) Understanding the role of multiple scales in natural resource management. Such scales are temporal (short, near and long-term), spatial (from local to global), socio-cognitive (from individual cognition to collective action), semantic/ontological (the meaning of human-human and human-computer interactions), cultural (from homogenous to culturally diverse societies) and economic (from individual to societal wellbeing). Decisions, interventions, management actions and general understanding of the significance and impacts of contemporary marine and environmental challenges depend on and exert influence the scale dimensionality in which such challenges are both manifested and enter our social awareness.

CV

Professional Experience


2012 - Present
(Ag) Director, Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) at University of the Virgin Islands
Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands of the United States
2010 - Present
Assistant Professor of Marine and Environmental Science at Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES), University of the Virgin Islands
Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands of the United States
2010 - Present
Assistant Professor at Department of Computational Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics, University of the Virgin Islands
Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands of the United States
Classes taught:
Scientific Computing Applications (CSC 239)
Mathematical Modeling (MAT 352)
Human Dimensions in Natural Resource Management and Policy (MES 690)
Dec 2005 - Dec 2008
Research Scientist at CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
Townsville, Australia
Dec 1999 - Dec 2000
Agricultural Economist at Cotton Organization - Greek Government
Komotiní, Greece
Dec 1996 - Dec 1998
Digital and Remote Image & Signal Analyst / Guard and Defence Battle Wing at Hellenic Air Force
Thessaloníki, Greece
Education


Dec 2002 - Dec 2005
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Ph.D.
Dec 2000 - Dec 2002
Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, United States
Dec 1990 - Dec 1996
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Thessaloníki, Greece
B.S. (2000)

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Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands of the United States
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