Kostas Alexandridis Ph.D.

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

University of the Virgin Islands

Location
Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands of the United States
Discipline
Environmental Sciences
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;
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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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Publications

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

    Alexandridis K, Pijanowski B

    Entropy (2013)

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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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  • Collapse and Reorganization Patterns of Social Knowledge Representation in Evolving Semantic Networks

    Alexandridis K, Maru Y

    Information Sciences (2012)

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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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  • 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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  • Studying Associations of Key Time Perspectives to Cognitive, Cultural, and Social Characteristics of College Student Performance: Early Evidence from a STEM Retention Study at the University of the Virgin Islands.

    Alexandridis K, Engerman K, Huggins D

    UVI Research Day 2012 Conference (2012)

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  • Palm Island Indigenous Livelihoods Visioning

    Bohensky E, Alexandridis K

    CSIRO Indigenous Livelihoods Science Workshop (2008)

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  • Studying the Historical Ethnoecology of the USVI - St. Thomas Fishing Community

    Alexandridis K, Duffy J, Tavernier B, McCrae K, Ortiz L

    63rd GCFI: Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Meeting (2010)

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  • Perceptions and Fallacies in Spatial Planning and Decision Making: Integrating environmental, social, and economic realities to marine ecosystem-based management

    Alexandridis K, DeFreitas D

    ASLO 2011: Aquatic Sciences Meeting (2011)

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  • Semantic Analysis of Natural Language Processing in a Study of Nurse Mobility in the Northern Territory, Australia

    Alexandridis K, Coe K, Garnett S

    Journal of Population Research (2010)

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  • Identifying Social Community Resilience in Collective Semantic Knowledge Transformations

    Alexandridis K

    Resilience 2011 - Resilience, Innovation and Sustainability: Navigating the Complexities of Global Change. Second International Science and Policy Conference (2011)

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  • Bottom-up Community Participation in Fisheries Management: Challenges and future directions

    Alexandridis K

    63rd GCFI: Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Meeting (2010)

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  • Community Participation in Sustainable Development and Alternative Livelihoods Enterprises: thinking regionally and acting locally

    Alexandridis K

    2010 Annual VI-EPSCoR Conference: Integrating Science and Our Economy: A Model for Island Ecosystems (2010)

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  • KISS Rule Revisited: How Complexity Interfaces with the Need for Simplicity?

    Alexandridis K

    CSIRO Complex Systems Science Annual Workshop 2008 (2008)

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  • Studying Regional Grazing Viability and Livelihoods in Outback Australia: Lessons from Upper Burdekin Region

    Alexandridis K

    CSIRO Public Seminar Series - University of Queensland Natural Resource Management Course (2007)

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  • Participatory Bayesian Inference and Modelling in Coupled Human-Biophysical Complex Systems and Natural Resource Management

    Alexandridis K

    1st Meeting of Bayesian Network Modellers (MBNM 2007) (2007)

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  • Agent-Based Computational Economics: Partial Review & Literature Notes

    Alexandridis K

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  • Taking 'participatory' in participatory modelling seriously

    Maru Y, Alexandridis K, Perez P

    18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (2009)

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  • College Student’s Time Perspectives and their Relationship to Academic Outcomes

    Ramsey L, Engerman K, Alexandridis K

    UVI Research Day 2012 Conference (2012)

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  • Socio-Economic Profiling of Tropical Rivers

    Larson S, Alexandridis K

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  • A Review of Modelling in Urban and Regional Transitions

    Wang X, Alexandridis K

    Simulation and Modelling in Urban and Regional Sustainability, Transitions and Applications in Policy, Planning and Management (SMURT). CSIRO Science Workshop (2007)

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  • Some implications of pesticide ban policies in Greece

    Papanagiotou E, Alexandridis K, Melfou K

    The economic consequences of a drastic reduction in pesticide use in the EU: revised papers of a workshop held in Tannenfelde (1994)

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  • Experiential Social Learning for Coral Reef Resilience

    Kobrinski E, Alexandridis K

    UVI Research Day 2012 Conference (2012)

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  • Studying Associations of Key Time Perspectives to Cognitive, Cultural, and Social Characteristics of College Student Performance: Early Evidence from a STEM Retention Study at the University of the Virgin Islands

    Huggins D, Alexandridis K, Engerman K

    AAAS 2011: Annual Meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science (2011)

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  • Distributed Modeling Architecture of a Multi Agent-based Behavioral Economic Landscape (MABEL) Model

    Lei Z, Pijanowski B, Alexandridis K

    Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling & Simulation International (2005)

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  • Simulation and Distributed Architecture of Multi Agent-Based Behavioral Economic Landscape (MABEL) Model within SWARM

    Lei Z, Pijanowski B, Alexandridis K

    Agent 2003 Conference on: Challenges in Social Simulation (2003)

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  • Forecasting and assessing the impact of urban sprawl in coastal watersheds along eastern Lake Michigan

    Pijanowski B, Shellito B, Pithadia S, Alexandridis K

    Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management (2002)

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  • Relationship between Peer Academic Support and Creative Problem Solving Skills

    Engerman K, Alexandridis K, Ramsey L

    UVI Research Day 2012 Conference (2012)

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  • Undergraduates Perceived Peer Academic Support

    Engerman K, Alexandridis K, Huggins D

    AAAS 2011: Annual Meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science (2011)

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  • Education Research Grant: The Use of Creative Problem Solving as Curriculum Enhancement to Improve Cognitive, Behavioral, and Social Transformation in STEM Retention

    Engerman K, Alexandridis K, Drost D, Michailidis S, Ramsey L, Kobrinski E et al.

    UVI Research Day 2012 Conference (2012)

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  • Pluralistic Modelling Approaches to Simulating Climate-Land Change Interactions in East Africa

    Pijanowski B, Olson J, Washington-Ottombre C, Campbell D, Davis A, Alexandridis K

    MODSIM 2007 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (2007)

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  • The Use of Robust and Efficient Methodologies in Agent-Based Modeling: Case Studies Using Repeated Measures and Behavioral Components in the MABEL Simulation Model

    Alexandridis K, Pijanowski B, Lei Z

    Agent 2004 Conference on: Social Dynamics, Interaction, Reflexivity, and Emergence (2005)

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  • Calibrating a Neural Network-Based Urban Change Model for Two Metropolitan Areas of the Upper Midwest of the United States

    Pijanowski B, Pithadia S, Shellito B, Alexandridis K

    International Journal of Geographical Information Sciences (2005)

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  • Heuristics, complexity and belief networks: a case study of an outback livelihood system

    Measham T, Alexandridis K, Stone-Jovicitch S

    8th Asia-Pacific Complex Systems Conference (COMPLEX 07) (2007)

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  • Simulating Land-Use Entelechy using Multi Agent-based Behavioral Economic Landscape (MABEL) Model

    Alexandridis K, Pijanowski B, Lei Z

    Agent 2003 Conference on: Challenges in Social Simulation (2003)

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  • Modelling Urbanization Patterns in Two Diverse Regions of the World

    Pijanowski B, Alexandridis K, Müller D

    Journal of Land Use Science (2006)

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  • Assessing Multiagent Parcelization Performance in the MABEL Simulation Model Using Monte Carlo Replication Experiments

    Alexandridis K, Pijanowski B

    Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design (2007)

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  • Agents in Space: The Final Frontier?

    Pijanowski B, Alexandridis K

    Agent 2005 Conference on: Generative Social Processes, Models and Mechanisms (2005)

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  • Participatory Community Perspectives of Environmental Sustainability and Social-Ecological Resilience in US Virgin Islands

    Webb A, Alexandridis K

    UVI Research Day 2012 Conference (2012)

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  • Modular Bayesian Inference and Learning of Decision Networks as Stand-Alone Mechanisms of the MABEL Model: Implications for Visualization, Comprehension, and Policy-Making

    Alexandridis K, Pijanowski B

    Agent 2005 Conference on: Generative Social Processes, Models, and Mechanisms (2006)

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  • Modeling Grazing Livelihood Systems in the Australian Outback Using Participatory Bayesian Networks

    Alexandridis K, Measham T

    MODSIM 2007 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (2007)

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  • Multi Agent-Based Environmental Landscape (MABEL) - An Artificial Intelligence Simulation Model: Some Early Assessments

    Alexandridis K, Pijanowski B

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  • Modelling Regional Grazing Viability in Outback Australia Using Bayesian Livelihood Networks

    Alexandridis K, Measham T

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  • Exploring Complex Dynamics in Multi Agent-Based Intelligent Systems: Theoretical and Experimental Approaches Using the Multi Agent-based Behavioral Economic Landscape (MABEL) Model

    Alexandridis K, Pijanowksi B

    Forestry & Natural Resources (2006)

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  • From the Open Sea to a Pot of Kallalloo: the significance of the USVI fishery in identifying you

    Ortiz L, Alexandridis K, Pittman S

    35th Scientific Conference of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC) (2011)

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  • Does Land Use Law Comply with Notions of Reasoning and Rationality: An Illustrative Presentation of Different Approaches

    Alexandridis K

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  • Endogenous Time Variable: A Dynamic Approach to Environmental Valuation Analysis

    Alexandridis K

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  • Using LEK to Investigate the Historical Ecology and Cultural Heritage of the USVI Fishery

    Ortiz L, Alexandridis K, Pittman S

    63rd GCFI: Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Meeting (2010)

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  • Simulation and Modelling of Urban and Regional Transitions (SMURT)

    Alexandridis K, Wang X

    CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems Workshop (2008)

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  • SMURT Goals and Challenges: An Overview

    Alexandridis K, Wang X

    Simulation and Modelling in Urban and Regional Sustainability, Transitions and Applications in Policy, Planning and Management (SMURT). CSIRO Science Workshop (2007)

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  • Visualization and Aesthetic Perceptions in Assessing Caribbean Coral Reef Resilience: An Experimental Study

    Alexandridis K, Turner T, Engerman K, Kobrinski E

    UVI Research Day 2012 Conference (2012)

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  • Complexity of Urbanization Patterns and Resource Use in Sea Change Communities Across Australia

    Alexandridis K, Schandl H

    8th Asia-Pacific Complex Systems Conference (COMPLEX 07) (2007)

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  • Sprawl Patterns and Change Dynamics in Sea Change Communities across Australia

    Alexandridis K, Schandl H

    Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA 2007): Sustainable Regional Development - Changing Regions: The Road to Success. Eleventh National Conference (2007)

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  • An Ethnoecological Investigation of Social Resilience and Adaptation Patterns in Caribbean/USVI Historical Fishing Community

    Alexandridis K, Ortiz L, Pittman S

    Resilience 2011 - Resilience, Innovation and Sustainability: Navigating the Complexities of Global Change. Second International Science and Policy Conference (2011)

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Professional experience

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

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

Research Scientist

CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

Present

Agricultural Economist

Cotton Organization - Greek Government

Present

Digital and Remote Image & Signal Analyst / Guard and Defence Battle Wing

Hellenic Air Force

Present

Education history

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

B.S. (2000)

Present

Michigan State University

Present

Purdue University

Ph.D.

Present