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Faculty – Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 107C
Phone: 956-6866
UH Email: danieles@hawaii.edu
Daniele CV (pdf)

Areas of Interest:
Coastal Policy & Community Development.  
Daniele’s research follows two related paths: the relationship between urban development patterns and environmental conditions, and human’s response to environmental change, whether through individual behavior, community restoration efforts or through formal institutional arrangements.

To this end, she focuses on three substantive areas of investigation:

1) characterizing the relationship between urban development patterns and environmental quality;

2) examining feedbacks between environmental change and human behavior; and

3) developing community-based indicators for ecosystem health and human well-being. She uses the emerging science of urban ecology as her primary framework for examining the dynamics of human-natural systems and draws on theories of complex adaptive systems, risk perception, and resilience. Developing relevant scientific information and knowledge for citizens, policy makers and planners to make decisions is the basis for her research.

Daniele’s most recent research examines landscape patterns of urbanization and alternative wastewater infrastructures, and how these patterns interact to impact near-shore ecosystems. She builds a more complex and nuanced understanding of urban landscape patterns by revealing the complex interactions between wastewater decisions, land use, and near-shore water quality. The integration of land use planning and alternative wastewater technologies offers a promising mechanism through which urban areas can more effectively protect near-shore ecologies.

Non-College Affiliations
SeaGrant College Program

Prior Education:
Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington
M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture, University of Washington
B.A. in International Development and Social Change, Clark University

PLAN 625: Environmental Planning: Climate Change in the Asia/Pacific Region
PLAN 640: Land Use Policies and Programs