The Urban Ecology Research Lab houses an interdisciplinary team of students and researchers from the College of the Built Environment, the University of Washington, and the global research community.

a_AlbertiMarina Alberti – Director

Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning
Director, Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning
Member, Executive Committee of UW Earth Initiative

The Urban Ecology Research Team includes interdisciplinary phd, post-doctoral and masters students both from the University of Washington and abroad.


The Lab has been operational since 1999 and has graduated 16 alumni who are teaching and working across the world.

Affiliate Faculty

Represents professors from the University of Washington who collaborate on research project and or contribute to lab ideas and events. Faculty come from diverse disciplines including earth sciences, public affairs, public health, computer sciences and economics.