Lillian Na’ia Alessa

Lillian Na'ia Alessa, Co-Principal Investigator

University of Alaska, Anchorage, U.S. (Co-Principle Investigator) Dr. Alessa is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She heads the Resilience and Adaptive Management Group at UAA, and has served on the board of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States. She currently conducts extensive research on human adaptation to climate change, funded by the National Science Foundation, including International Polar Year projects such as the Indigenous Arctic Observing Network. Canadian-born and raised, Alessa holds a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of British Columbia and has extensive training in cognitive psychology. Her studies of cellular organization greatly inform her current approaches to social ecological complexity. Her expertise is in the conceptual development and application of complex systems thinking, and development of research strategies.