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Alexandra Paige Fischer
I am a scholar of human behavior and environmental change. Focusing at the level of individuals, I study how people cope with and adapt to increasing wildfires, droughts, storms, biological invasions, and other climate-induced changes, specifically in the context of forests. My scholarship contributes to the fields of human-environment geography and natural resource sociology by improving scientific understanding of human behavior as a mechanism through which social systems shape ecological systems and vice versa. I have been a professor at University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability since 2014, before which I worked as Research Social Scientist for the US Forest Service, 2007-2014. I received my PhD in Forest Resources from Oregon State University in 2007. I have served as Chair of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Human Dimensions of Global Change (HDGC) Specialty Group, 2020-2022; and Executive Council Member and Chair of the International Association of Society and Natural Resources of the Professional Development Committee, 2016-2019; and Contributing Author to Chapter 16, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability). I am currently an Associate Editor for Fire and Ecology and Society. I recently was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for research on wildfire as a social-ecological system in Chile.
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