Assistant Professor (Lecturer)
Michael Iversen teaches Urban Ecology Program curriculum at the University of Utah Asia Campus in Songdo. Korea. He earned a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he is also a PhD candidate. Before joining the Dept. of City and Metropolitan Planning, Michael taught urban sustainability and architecture for 20 years at various universities in Chicago, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology and DePaul University. In 2007, he was awarded a NSF IGERT Fellowship in Landscape, Ecological and Anthropogenic Processes, intended to train doctorate students to become change agents concerning complex environmental issues. Michael has earned a Geospatial Analysis and Visualization Graduate Certificate at UIC, as well as a Master Online Teaching Certificate from the Illinois Online Network / University of Illinois. Michael has been a licensed architect for over 30 years, and a LEED Accredited Professional since 2004. Michael’s research areas are urban ecology, urban sustainability and metabolism, and coupled natural and human systems. His primary research area is based on the investigation of cities as urbanized ecosystems, a socio-ecological approach for the study of complex, dynamical urban systems.
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