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Alexander Naylor

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Gregory Okin


I’m interested in the μορφή in “geomorphology,” the emergence of patterns, shapes, and order in landscapes, especially in arid, semi-arid, and island environments. In particular I am interested in the role of random environmental noise in driving ecogeomorphological systems into patterned or ordered states and new computational approaches to understanding landscape complexity. I have also done work on the influence of island resources, morphology, and distribution in shaping economic development in small-island states with a focus on the Maldives.


BA University of Chicago, MSc VU University Amsterdam


Naylor, A.K. Island morphology, reef resources, and development paths in the Maldives. Progress in Physical Geography Vol. 39(6), 728–749 doi:10.1177/0309133315598269, 2015.