Chris Shughrue

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PhD Student
Research Interests: 
Global urbanization dynamics; urban networks; complex systems; simulation


My research background is in complex systems theory and I have developed agent-based models that represent nonlinear dynamics of coupled human-environment systems, including urban slums and hydrocarbon extraction in the Gulf of Mexico. I am interested in how nonlinear feedbacks through behaviors like resource depletion, land use conversion, and natural hazards interact with urban growth and stability in China and India. I plan to use agent-based modeling to investigate how adaptive socio-physical patterns emerge from urban dynamics and how these patterns affect the long-time-scale sustainability of cities.


Ph.D. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
M.E.Sc., Environmental Science 2013 Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
B.A., Earth Sciences 2011 University of California, San Diego