Project Team

Jonathan Ozik

Jonathan Ozik, University of Chicago, Computation Institute is a Computational Social Scientist in the Center for Complex Adaptive Agent Systems Simulation within the Decision and Information Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory and a Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute at The University of Chicago. Dr. Ozik’s research focus is in the broad and emerging field of social computation. His research involves the modeling of predominantly social complex systems. The goal is to better understand the mechanisms at play in the multiple spatio-temporal levels required to encapsulate the behaviors of complex systems and the often counterintuitive emergent micro and macro patterns that such systems can exhibit.


John T. Murphy

John T. Murphy

John T. Murphy is a Computational Social Scientist in the Center for Complex Adaptive Agent Systems Simulation within the Decision and Information Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory and a researcher at the Computation Institute at The University of Chicago. His primary interest is in theoretical and practical issues surrounding agent-based modeling, especially in using parallel computing to study complexity, resilience, and vulnerability in coupled human-natural systems, both archaeological and contemporary. He has more recently begun to focus on data mining and natural-language processing and the combination of these with agent-based modeling.

Nicholson T. Collier

nick_0_thumb.jpgNicholson Collier is a software engineer at the Center for Complex Adaptive Systems within the Decision and Information Sciences Division of Argonne National Laboratory. He has over 12 years experience in designing and implementing simulation frameworks and data mining applications for government agencies, private industry and academia. His primary focus is on simulation toolkit and application development for boht desktop and high-performance computing environments as well as developing text mining applications for a variety of domains, such as water management, child protective services and urban policing.

Mark Altaweel

Dr. Altaweel's research focuses on understanding the relationship between social interactions with the environment in the ancient past and modern societies using a complex system perspective. He has studied how human perceptions are shaped by and influence environmental change in a variety of regions, including in North America, the Near East, and East Asia. He has particular interest in creating and applying methodology that illustrates how societies and environmental change affect each other over long periods. Dr. Altaweel currently teaches and conducts research at University College London’s Institute of Archaeology.

Lilian Alessa

Lilian Alessa, University of Idaho is a Professor of Resilient Landscapes in the Landscape Architecture program, and is Director of the Center for Resilient Rural Communities. She conducts extensive research on human adaptation to environmental change, funded by the National Science Foundation, including Arctic Observing Network and Dynamics of Coupled Natural Human Systems projects. Canadian-born and raised, Alessa received her degrees from the University of British Columbia. Her expertise is in social-ecological systems science and the development of highly integrated approaches to better understanding complex environmental processes, particularly through the incorporation of place-based knowledge. Lil is a member of the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education.

Andrew Kliskey

Andrew Kliskey is a Professor in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho. Originally from Aotearoa / New Zealand he trained as a land surveyor, resource planner, and earned a PhD degree in geography that integrated geographic information systems, behavioral geography, and resource management. He has spent the last eight years working with people in Inupiat communities in north-western Alaska and Denai’na communities in southcentral Alaska examining community perception and response to environmental change.

Richard Lammers

Richard Lammers is a hydrologist, earth system scientist and co-Director of the Water Systems Analysis Groups in the Earth Systems Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire.