Alexa Wood

Alexa Wood

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Geosciences Future Faculty Fellowship

  CSA 208A


Dr. Alexa Wood is an interdisciplinary researcher whose broad interests include human dimensions of climate change, environmental feminism, environmental justice, and food systems. As part of the Geosciences Future Faculty Program, Dr. Wood investigates the linkages between climate change, development decisions, and the unequal impact of decision making. More specifically, her work explores the factors that are driving land loss among Black landowners in Texas. Additionally, she studies the social networks of service providers who support Black landowners in South Carolina Lowcountry.

Dr. Wood received her PhD in Forestry and Environmental Resources from North Carolina State University in 2020. Her dissertation examined climate change and food insecurity in Ghana and Mali, and how the gender and age of subsistence farmers affects overall household food security. More specifically, she used Intersectional Feminist scholarship to frame her findings, and found that unequal levels of vulnerability to climate change impacts places household food systems at risk. Prior to her work as an environmental social scientist, Dr. Wood managed residence halls and supervised student staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.


PhD – Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University, 2020

PSM – Climate Change and Society, North Carolina State University, 2015

M.S. – Higher Education Administration, North Carolina State University, 2011

B.S. – Meteorology and Environmental Studies, Florida State University, 2009


Namkoong Family Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Conservation and Ethics (2019)

Society for Risk Analysis Merit Award – Risk and Development Specialty Group (2018)

Society for Risk Analysis Travel Award (2018)

Arthur W. Cooper Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Social Sciences (2018)

Society for Risk Analysis Travel Award (2017)

Phi Beta Kappa (2009)

Additional Information

Wood, A.L., Rivers III, L., Sidbé, A., Ligmann-Zielinska, A. (Under Review). Decision-Making Capacity to Address Climate-Induced Food Insecurity within Women-Led Groups in Southern Mali. Climatic Change .

Ligmann-Zielinska, A., Du, E.J., Rivers III, L., Liverpool-Tasie, S., Denny, R.C.H., Wood, A.L., Sanga, U., Marquart-Pyatt, S., Breeze, V., Paudel, R., & Laura Schmitt Olabisi, L. (2020). Principles of Participatory Ensemble Modeling to Study Complex Socioecological Systems, in Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Ed. Porter, W.F., Zhao, J., Schmitt Olabisi, L., McNall, M.

Wood, A.L., Ansah, P., Rivers III, L., Ligmann-Zielinska, A. (2019). Examining Climate Change and Food Security in Ghana through an Intersectional Framework. Journal of Peasant Studies, 1-19.

Rivers III, L., Sanga, U., Sidbe, A., Wood, A., Paudel, R., Marquart-Pyatt, S., Ligmann-Zielinska, A., Schmitt Olabisi, L., Du, E. Liverpool-Tasie, S. (2018). Mental Models of Food Security in Rural Mali. Environment Systems and Decisions, 33(1), pp. 33-51.

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