Nicholas Magliocca

Ph.D., Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2012
M.E.M., Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, 2008
B.S., Environmental Systems Program, University of California, San Diego, 2006

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My research focuses on building a systemic understanding of coupled human-natural systems. In particular, I am interested in understanding how patterns of land-use and land-cover change emerge from human alterations of natural processes and the resulting feedbacks. Study systems of interest range from smallholder agricultural systems to those undergoing agricultural to urban conversion, typically known as urban sprawl.

Alumni: 2009-2012; GES/IGERT

Related Publications

Magliocca, Nicholas R.. 2012. The use of agent-based models as virtual laboratories for exploring human-environment interactions in land-use systems. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Ellis, Erle C.; Magliocca, Nicholas R.; Stevens, Chris J.; Fuller, Dorian Q.. 2018. Evolving the Anthropocene: Linking multi-level selection with long-term social-ecological change. Sustainability Science 13(1): 119–128. [Download PDF]
Magliocca, Nicholas R.; Ellis, Erle C.; Allington, Ginger R. H.; de Bremond, Ariane; Dell’Angelo, Jampel; Mertz, Ole; Messerli, Peter; Meyfroidt, Patrick; Seppelt, Ralf; Verburg, Peter H.. 2018. Closing global knowledge gaps: Producing generalized knowledge from case studies of social-ecological systems. Global Environmental Change 50: 1-14. [Download PDF]
Margulies, Jared D.; Magliocca, Nicholas R.; Schmill, Matthew D.; Ellis, Erle C.. 2016. Ambiguous Geographies: Connecting Case Study Knowledge with Global Change Science. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 106(3): 572-596. [Download PDF]
van Vliet, Jasper; Magliocca, Nicholas R.; Büchner, Bianka; Cook, Elizabeth; Rey Benayas, José M.; Ellis, Erle C.; Heinimann, Andreas; Keys, Eric; Lee, TienMing; Liu, Jianguo; Mertz, Ole; Meyfroidt, Patrick; Moritz, Mark; Poeplau, Christopher; Robinson, Brian E.; Seppelt, Ralf; Seto, Karen C.; Verburg, PeterH. 2016. Meta-studies in land use science: Current coverage and prospects. AMBIO 45(1): 15-28. [Download PDF]
Magliocca, Nicholas R.; Rudel, Thomas K.; Verburg, Peter H.; McConnell, William J.; Mertz, Ole; Gerstner, Katharina; Heinimann, Andreas; Ellis, Erle C.. 2015. Synthesis in land change science: methodological patterns, challenges, and guidelines. Regional Environmental Change 15(2): 211-226. [Download PDF]
Magliocca, N. R.; Ellis, E. C.; Oates, T.; Schmill, M.. 2014. Contextualizing the global relevance of local land change observations. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science 18: 012107. [Download PDF]
Schmill, Matthew D.; Gordon, Lindsey M.; Magliocca, Nicholas R.; Ellis, Erle C.; Oates, Tim. 2014. GLOBE: Analytics for Assessing Global Representativeness. Computing for Geospatial Research and Application (COM.Geo), 2014 Fifth International Conference on: 25-32. [Download PDF]
Rounsevell, M. D. A.; Arneth, A.; Alexander, P.; Brown, D. G.; de Noblet-Ducoudré, N.; Ellis, E.; Finnigan, J.; Galvin, K.; Grigg, N.; Harman, I.; Lennox, J.; Magliocca, N.; Parker, D.; O'Neill, B. C.; Verburg, P. H.; Young, O.. 2013. Towards decision-based global land use models for improved understanding of the Earth system. Earth Syst. Dynam. Discuss. 4: 875-925.
Magliocca, Nicholas R.; Ellis, Erle C.. 2013. Using Pattern-oriented Modeling (POM) to Cope with Uncertainty in Multi-scale Agent-based Models of Land Change. Transactions in GIS 17: 883–900. [Download PDF]