Kat Superfisky is a designer, educator, and urban ecologist who devotes her days, nights and dreams to transforming urban areas into more inhabitable places. After obtaining a Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Science in Conservation Ecology, and Teaching Certificate from the University of Michigan in 2013, Kat moved 2,300 miles across the country for the Los Angeles River. Kat sees LA—and its river—as the perfect laboratory to explore how to rebuild urban areas into more “symbiotic cities”. Prior to moving to LA, Kat planned, implemented and helped oversee ecosystem management efforts for 24,000 acres of parkland in Metropolitan Detroit. In Los Angeles, Kat has worked on large-scale planning efforts as the Urban Ecologist at Studio-MLA (formerly Mia Lehrer + Associates) for six years, and is the Founder and Director of Grown in LA, a nonprofit that is increasing the local production of climate-appropriate plants needed for upcoming public projects while simultaneously working to provide educational and vocational training opportunities to Angelenos. Kat carries her practice and perspective of urban ecology into the classroom, teaching at institutions like CalPoly Pomona, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and University of Michigan. Kat is on the Board of Directors for California ReLeaf (a state-wide nonprofit addressing the urban forest in California), and serves a Science Advisor for the City of LA's Biodiversity Index and The Nature Conservancy and Natural History Museum's Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles (BAILA).
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With over 80 percent of the U.S. population living in urban areas, “cities” have become human’s new natural habitat. Landscape architects, architects, planners, geospatial analysts and other disciplines/professionals can play a key role in the creation of more “symbiotic cities”—places where people, plants, and other animals coexist. This shift necessitates a substantive understanding of the interwoven ecological, social-political and economic systems at play in urban areas. This course aims to expose students to a deeper understanding of the major concepts, principles and applications of ecology that are most relevant to the design and transformation of urban areas.