Research Expertise and Interest
landscape architecture and environmental planning, urban design, urban ecology, surface hydrology, groundwater, sea level rise, climate change, adaptation, environmental justice, adaptation to flooding
Kristina Hill is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning. She studies changes in environmental conditions as a result of urbanization and climate change, and develops urban design approaches, infrastructure strategies, and habitat conservation strategies that allow coastal regions to adapt to increased extent or frequency of flooding. In her work, she partners with local communities and government agencies. Most of her current partners are in the San Francisco Bay Area, but she has also recently worked in Denmark, coastal Virginia, and New Zealand. She has made it a priority to work with low-income communities and communities of color, because they are often disproportionately impacted by sea level rise. She is a member of the State of California's Sea Level Rise Task Force.