Arika Ligmann-Zielinska

Arika  Ligmann-Zielinska
  • Associate Professor
  • Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences



Arika Ligmann-Zielinska got her doctoral degree from a Joint Doctoral Program in Geography at San Diego State University and University of California Santa Barbara in 2008. Her doctoral specialty was spatial decision support, spatial analysis and modeling and her dissertation focused on “Exploring Normative Scenarios of Land-Use Development Decisions with an Agent-Based Simulation Laboratory” completed under the supervision of Professor Piotr Jankowski, Ph.D. Prior to that, she studied environmental geography in her home country Poland. She obtained her undergraduate and graduate MS degree (summa cum laude) from the Department of Geography and Geology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.


  • Modeling
  • Coupled human and natural systems
  • Interrelationships between societites and their landscapes