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Kostas Alexandridis

  • Ph.D.
  • Director, Institute for Geocomputational Analysis and Statistics (GeoCAS)
  • University of the Virgin Islands
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Research interests

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;

About

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.

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Spatially-Explicit Bayesian Information Entropy Metrics for Calibrating Landscape Transformation Models

  • Alexandridis K
  • Pijanowski B
Entropy (2013)
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Collapse and Reorganization Patterns of Social Knowledge Representation in Evolving Semantic Networks

  • Alexandridis K
  • Maru Y
Information Sciences (2012)
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The Role of Experiential Social Learning in Achieving Semantic Transformations in Community Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviors Towards Coral Reef Resilience

  • Alexandridis K
  • Engerman K
  • Turner T
  • Kobrinski E
UVI Research Day 2012 Conference (2012)
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Constructing Semantic Knowledge Networks from the Ground Up: livelihoods and employment outcomes in Anmatjere region, central Australia

  • Alexandridis K
  • Maru Y
  • Davies J
  • Box P
  • Hueneke H
18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (2009)
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Modelling Indigenous Livelihoods: pBLNs and other Micro-Simulation Methodologies

  • Alexandridis K
  • Heckbert S
  • Maru Y
  • Box P
CSIRO Indigenous Livelihoods Science Workshop (2008)
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Professional experience

Director, Institute for Geocomputational Analysis and Statistics (GeoCAS)

University of the Virgin Islands

January 2012 - Present

Assistant Professor of Marine and Environmental Science

Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES), University of the Virgin Islands

January 2010 - Present

Assistant Professor

Department of Computational Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics, University of the Virgin Islands

January 2010 - Present

(Ag) Director, Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES)

University of the Virgin Islands

January 2011 - January 2012 (a year)

Research Scientist

CSIRO

July 2006 - August 2009 (3 years)

Education history

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

B.S. (2000)

Michigan State University

Purdue University

Ph.D.