Alexander Peterson specializes in geographic and whole community approaches to emergency and disaster management.
He is the research manager for the Hazards & Climate Impacts Research Center and co-founder of a startup with specialty in land use planning and hazard analytics. In both roles, Alexander focuses on applying quantitative and qualitative methodologies to bridge the academic-practitioner divide commonly found in the discipline. Alexander has worked with communities, counties, and state and federal agencies across the United States to increase collaboration, build partnerships, and enhance resilience.
Alexander is involved in numerous research and planning projects, including the following:
• Comprehensive hazard mitigation plan evaluations and updates
• Understanding how revisions to the National Flood Insurance Program affects local economies and populations
• Coupling hazards, social vulnerability, and public health and healthcare in risk assessments
• Formulating post-disaster recovery theory and modeling frameworks
• Analyzing the relationship between biophysical and human systems vulnerability to climate change
• Researching sea-level rise impacts on critical infrastructure
His past research and work experience includes climate change impacts on ecosystem services; energy system vulnerability to climate change; modeling and analyzing drought and drought impacts; and utilizing remote sensing to determine wildfire impacts on different biomes in the Western US. Throughout his career, he’s worked alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Energy, the Forest Service, and Google.
Alexander develops and instructs in the MPDM program, and is currently slated to teach Natural Hazards and Disasters, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, and Geographic Information Systems for Emergency Management.