Department of Geography, University of Alabama
Dr. Nicholas Magliocca is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Alabama.
His work focuses on how people make land-use decisions, how those decisions modify the functioning of natural systems, and how those modifications feedback on human well-being, livelihoods, and subsequent land-use decisions. His current research investigates the intersections of security, equity, and sustainability in the contexts of illicit economies and their social and environmental impacts, and climate change adaptation pathways in developing- and developed-world agricultural systems. His research is motivated by the need to take action toward climate change adaptation while still producing sufficient food, conserving biodiversity, and improving human security.
Dr. Magliocca has three active research projects funded by NSF and NASA, and is Director of the Laboratory for Human-Environment Interactions Modeling and Analysis (HEIMA) at UA. In addition to over 60 scientific publications, Dr. Magliocca has worked to advance synthesis and team science approach in land systems science through his experience with the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) at the University of Maryland, and is committed to informing policy guiding sustainable development and climate change adaptation, such as contributing to the United Nations 2022 World Drug Report section on Drugs and the Environment.