Mariana B. Alfonso Fragomeni

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Professional Credentials

  • Specialization in Architectural and Urban Sustainable Environmental Rehabilitation, 2011, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil
  • PhD, Geography and Integrative Conservation, 2019, University of Georgia
  • MS, Environmental Planning and Design, 2014, University of Georgia
  • BS, Architecture and Urbanism, 2008, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil

Areas of Interest

  • Climate adaptive design
  • Bioclimatic design
  • Heat resilient design

Research Projects/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 in urban areas and my research questions aim to understand how we can improve our cities, through design and decision-making, to reduce vulnerability, particularly to at risk populations. I have and continue to be interested in developing collaborative and interdisciplinary research at the nexus of urban climate and urban design/ planning, 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 adaptive design and land-use planning on improving or exacerbating heat sensation, and thus impacting the quality of life in cities.

Currently accepting graduate students.


Twitter @maribaf

Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation


Contact Information
Mailing AddressWilfred B. Young Building 1376 Storrs Rd., Unit 4067 Storrs, CT 06269-4067
Office LocationWilfred B. Young Building (YNG) 114