Alison Anastasio is an urban ecologist broadly trained in evolution and ecology. As an Assistant Instructional Professor, Dr. Anastasio teaches undergraduates in the Environmental and Urban Studies major to examine the human entanglement with the environment through a scientific lens while in a humanistic context, including urban ecology, human health and the environment, habitat restoration, and part of the Environmental and Urban Studies core sequence. She has a particular focus on engaging students experientially with the city of Chicago and its communities. In her research, she is particularly interested in urban greenspace, environmental justice, constructed urban ecosystems and their value to humans and other life, and plant communities in post-industrial ecosystems on Chicago’s South Side.
Dr. Anastasio has made a career out of facilitating student success, including nearly a decade in university administration, managing graduate programs and as a Dean of Students. She is a long-time steward at Rainbow Beach Dunes, has organized conference sessions on the history of ecology, and botanizes regularly in the Calumet Region.
Dr. Anastasio earned her Ph.D. and S.M. in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Biology at Carleton College.