Mariana Alfonso Fragomeni, PhD (Affiliate)

Assistant Professor

Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

Research Interests

My research interests are in climate adaptation and decision-making, with focus on heat vulnerability. My fields of expertise are in urban climatology, human bioclimatology and urban design, therefore, I am often working in applied research that seeks to understand how we can improve environments, through design and decision-making, to reduce vulnerability, particularly to at risk populations (children under 5, elderly and low income populations).

I have and continue to be interested in developing collaborative and interdisciplinary research at the nexus of urban climate (environmental) and planning (social and policy), which are consistently linked with human health and well-being. Furthermore, my research and continued interest in heat vulnerability are focused on the human perception of heat (human bioclimatology) and the impacts of decision-making in improving or exacerbating heat sensation, and thus impacting quality of life.


Ph.D, University of Georgia, 2019

Masters in Environmental Planning and Design (MEPD), University of Georgia, 2014

Bachelors in Architecture and Urbanism, Universidade Federal da Bahia, 2007

Recent Publications

Fragomeni, M.B.A., Bernardes, S., Shepherd, J.M., Rivero, R.G., In Review. A Collaborative Approach to Heat Response Planning: A Case Study to Understand the Integration of Urban Climatology and Land-use Planning. Urban Climate.

Fragomeni, M.B.A., Rice, J.L., Rivero, R.G., Shepherd, J.M., In Review. First Policy, Then Action: A Co-Production Approach to Understand the Application of Urban Climate Knowledge in Land Use Planning. Journal of Extreme Events.

Rivero, R G., Smith, A.L., and Fragomeni, M.B.A. In Review. Resilience in coastal regions: the case of Georgia, USA. In Steinberg, S.L. and S. Steinberg GIS Applications for Resilience: Across Spatial Geographies. Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (Esri).

Haupt, S. E., Hanna, S., Askelson, M., Shepherd, M., Fragomeni, M. A., Debbage, N., Johnson, B. (2019). 100 years of progress in applied meteorology. Part II: Applications that address growing populations. Meteorological Monographs, 59, 23-1.

Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-1947
Mailing Address1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4067 Storrs, Connecticut 06269 United States