Landscape Architecture College of Design

Laura Musacchio

Associate Professor

Resident Fellow, Institute on the Environment (2012-2015)

  • BLA (magna cum laude) and MLA, State University New York Syracuse
  • Ph.D, Urban and Regional Science. Texas A&M

Dr. Musacchio works at the intersection of design and science in her teaching and research activities. She collaborates with students from a variety of disciplines in her interdisciplinary courses including landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, conservation biology, natural resources, urban and regional planning, public policy, humanities, and arts.

She is the guest editor of the recently published special issue of Landscape Ecology called Key Concepts and Research Priorities for Landscape Sustainability. It includes 18 articles about landscape sustainability, resilience, ecosystem services, and human well-being. She is an editorial board member of Landscape Ecology and Landscape and Urban Planning.

Her research projects are inspiration for her courses in urban landscape ecology, regreening cities and regions, ecological design and planning, and urban biodiversity. For example, she is part of an interdisciplinary research team that has been recently funded by NASA and investigates how city size and shape influence severe weather, urban pollution, and canopy transition patterns in the Great Plains (for more information on this project please see here). For more information about Dr. Musacchio, please go to her web site at

Recent Publications

  • Musacchio L (2013) Key concepts and research priorities for landscape sustainability. Landscape Ecology 28:995–998

    Musacchio L (2013) Cultivating deep care: Integrating landscape ecological research into the cultural dimension of ecosystem services. Landscape Ecology 28:1025–1038

    Musacchio L (2011) The grand challenge to operationalize landscape sustainability and the design-in-science paradigm. Landscape Ecology 26:1–5

    Musacchio L (2011) The world's matrix of vegetation: Hunting the hidden dimension of landscape sustainability. Landscape and Urban Planning 100:356–360

    Musacchio L (2010) Lessons learned from managing vulnerable landscapes during agrarian transitions in metropolitan regions. In: Nowak P, Schnepf M (eds) Managing Agricultural Landscapes for Environmental Quality II: Achieving More Effective Conservation. Soil and Water Conservation Society, Ankeny, Iowa, pp. 33–49

    Musacchio L (2009) The scientific basis for the design of landscape sustainability: A conceptual framework for translational landscape research and practice of designed landscapes and the six Es of landscape sustainability. Landscape Ecology 24:993–1013

    Musacchio L (2009) The ecology and culture of landscape sustainability. Landscape Ecology 24:989–1143


Courses Taught

  • LA 3204 Holistic Landscape Ecology and Bioregional Practice
  • LA 5204 Metropolitan Landscape Ecology
  • LA 5405 Regreening Minds, Cities, and Regions seminar
  • LA 8301 Research Issues and Methods