Dr Eli Lazarus

Dr Eli Lazarus


+44 (0)29 2087 5563
Room 1.32, Main Building

Research interests

  • coastal and fluvial dynamics
  • coupled human–natural systems
  • complexity theory
  • the Anthropocene
  • science communication

Environmental Dynamics Lab (leader)

  • Lecturer in Earth Sciences - School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, UK (2012 – present)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Coupled Human–Landscape Systems - Sustainability Solutions Initiative, University of Maine, USA (2010 – 2012)
  • Visiting Scientist -  Ecosystems Modeling Lab, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, USA (2009 – 2010)
  • Postdoctoral Associate -  Earth & Ocean Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Center for Nonlinear Complex Systems, Duke University, USA (2009 – 2010)
  • PhD - Earth & Ocean Sciences, Duke University (2009)
  • BA - Geosciences, Williams College (2004)

I use quantitative tools of complexity science to examine coastal and terrestrial environments as dynamical systems.

My research interests include large-scale landscape evolution; interactions between surface processes and geologic substrates; pattern formation in landforms; and ways in which human activities (hazard mitigation, infrastructure development, natural resource use) act as fundamental forces of change in environmental systems.

My practice draws on close field observation, archival records, maps, images, economic data, geospatial and time-series analyses, discipline-based theory, and numerical modelling.