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B.L. Turner II

Regents' Professor and Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Distinguished Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Regent's Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Regent's Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Regent's Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Biography

Regents’ Professor & Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban PlanningCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
Professor, School of Sustainability

B. L. Turner II is a geographer and human-environmental scientist who works on land change from prehistory to present, urban land system design, vulnerability and resilience, and sustainability.  He works on deforestation, primarily in Mexico and Central America, and urban design in arid environments, especially the American Southwest.

Professor Turner has been involved in a number of international and national science programs examining global environmental change including those dealing with land systems of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, the International Human Dimensions Programme, DIVERSITAS, and the U.S. National Climate Assessment, and is a senior review editor for Climate Change and Land: An IPCC Special Report.  He is also the Associate Editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focused on sustainability.

He teaches courses society and environment, sustainability, and land systems.

Personal Website

Education

1974 - Ph.D. (Geography) University of Wisconsin-Madison
1969 - M.A. (Geography) University of Texas at Austin
1968 - B.S. (Geography) University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

Human-environment relationships, land system science, sustainability, urban sustainability, tropical forests, ancient Maya

Publications

 

  • Zhang, Y., A. Murray, B. L. Turner II. Optimizing green space locations to maximize daytime and nighttime cooling in Phoenix, Arizona.  Landscape and Urban Planning (2017).
  • Turner, B. L., II. Land system architecture for urban sustainability: new directions for land system science illustrated by application to the urban heat island problem.   Journal of Land Use Science. (2017).
  • Li, X., W. Li, A. Middel, S. Harlan, A. J. Brazel, B. L. Turner II. Remote sensing of the surface urban heat island and land architecture in Phoenix, Arizona: combined effects of land composition and configuration and cadastral-demographic-economic factors.  Remote Sensing of the Environment (2016).
  • Laney, R., B. L. Turner II. The Persistence of self-provisioning among Andapa, Malagasy smallholders.  Human Ecology. (2015).
  • Anadón José D., Osvaldo E. Sala, B. L. Turner II, and Elena M. Bennett. The effect of woody plant encroachment on livestock production: A comparison of North and Southern America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2014).
  • Li, X., Myint, S. W., Zhang, Y., Galletti, C., Zhang, X., Turner II, B. L. Object-based land-cover classification for metropolitan phoenix, Arizona, using aerial photography. International Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation (2014).
  • B. L. Turner II. Understanding Population in Human-Environment Relationships: Science Shaped by World Views or Evidence. Can Earth’s and Society’s Systems Meet the Needs of 10 Billion People? Summary of a Workshop (2014).
  • B. L. Turner II and Marina Fischer-Kowalski. Ester Boserup: An Interdisciplinary Visionary Relevant for Sustainability. Ester Boserup’s Legacy on Sustainability: Orientations for Contemporary Research (2014).
  • A. P. Kinzing, F. S. Chapin III, C. Perrings, S. Polasky, K. Smith, D. Tilman, B. L. Turner II. Paying for ecosystem services: promise and peril. Science (2011).
  • B. L. Turner II. Andrew P. Vayda, Explaining Human Actions and Environmental Change. Dialogues in Human Geography (2011).
  • N. Neeting, J. Rogan, Z. Christman, J. R. Eastman, M. Millones,, L. Schneider, E. Nickl, B. Schmook, B. L. Turner II, and B. Ghimire. Mapping seasonal trends in vegetation using AVHRR-NDVI time series in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Remote Sensing Letters (2011).
  • A. Dearing, A. Braimoh, A. Reenberg, B. L. Turner II, and S. van der Leeuw. Complex Land Systems: The Need for Long Time Perspectives in Order to Assess their Future. Ecology and Society (2010).
  • B. L. Turner II. Land Change in the Southern Yucatán: Case Studies in Land Change Science. Regional Environmental Change (2010).
  • Turner, B. L., II, J. Sabloff. Classic Period collapse of the Central Maya Lowlands: Insights about human–environment relationships for sustainability. B. L. Turner II and Jeremy Sabloff. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2012).
  • Kinzing, A. P., F. S. Chapin III, C. Perrings, S. Polasky, K. Smith, D. Tilman, B. L. Turner II.Paying for ecosystem services: promise and peril,  Science (2011).
  • Turner, B. L., II. Vulnerability and Resilience: Coalescing or Paralleling Approaches for Sustainability Science?. Global Environmental Change (2010).
  • Turner, B. L., II, P. Robbins. Land Change Science and Political Ecology: Similarities, Differences, and Implications for Sustainability Science. Annual Reviews in Environment and Resources (2008).
  • Turner, B. L., II, E. Lambin, A. Reenberg. The Emergence of Land Change Science for Global Environmental Change and Sustainability. Proceedings, National Academy of Sciences (2007).
  • Reynolds, J. F., D. Mark Stafford Smith, E. F. Lambin, B. L. Turner,  et al.Global Desertification: Building a Science for Dryland Development. Science (2007).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 210Society and Environment
GPH 592Research
GPH 692Research
GPH 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar
GCU 591Seminar
GPH 792Research
GCU 792Research
GCU 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 210Society and Environment
GPH 592Research
GPH 790Reading and Conference
GPH 792Research
GCU 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 591Seminar
GCU 591Seminar
SOS 591Seminar
GPH 790Reading and Conference
GPH 792Research
GPH 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 210Society and Environment
GCU 592Research
GCU 792Research
GCU 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GCU 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 591Seminar
GCU 591Seminar
SOS 591Seminar
GPH 790Reading and Conference
GPH 792Research
GPH 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 210Society and Environment
GCU 592Research
GCU 792Research
GCU 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
GCU 792Research
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ESS 591Seminar
GCU 591Seminar
SOS 591Seminar
GPH 790Reading and Conference
GPH 792Research
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 210Society and Environment
GPH 792Research
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 591Seminar
GCU 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar
Presentations
  • B. L. Turner II. Ester Boserup-Innovative Scholar. Plenary, Ester Boserup Conference: A Centennial Tribute (Nov 2010).
  • B. L. Turner II. 3 lectures on ecosystem tradeoffs, Maya, global change. Santa Fe Institute and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Santa Fe, NM (Jul 2010).
  • B. L. Turner II. Land Architecture and Environmeantl Tradeoffs. Coupled Human and Natural Systems Fellows Symposium, NSF (Apr 2010).
  • B. L. Turner II. Advancing the Science of Climate Change. President's Plenary, AnnualMeetings, Association of American Geographers (Apr 2010).
  • B. L. Turner II. Determining Land Systems Sustaianbility through Land Architecture Approach: Example from Southern Yucatan. American Geophysical Union, Annual Meetings (Dec 2009).
  • B. L. Turner II. America's Climate Choices. Association of American Geographers, Annual Meetings (Mar 2009).
  • B. L. Turner II. Bridging Science and Practice. Mosakawski Institute Sympoium (Nov 2008).
  • B. L. Turner II. Sustainable Land Architecture. Social Science Seminary Series, Oklahoma State U (Nov 2008).
  • B. L. Turner II. Cultural and Political Ecology. Workshop of Explaining Coupled Systems (Oct 2008).
  • B. L. Turner II. Sustainable Land Architecture and the Collapse of the Ancient Maya. Harlan II Conference, U. Cal. Davis (Sep 2008).
  • B. L. Turner II. Sustainability and Resilience. STEP Conference on Resilience (Sep 2008).
  • B. L. Turner II. Geography's Legacy. Universidad Nacional de Colombia (inaugural celebration of new Ph.D.) (Aug 2008).
  • B. L. Turner II. Land Architecture and the Ancient Maya. Workshop on History and Land Systems, Sapporro, Japan (Jun 2008).
  • B. L. Turner II. Sustainable Land Architecture. Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers (Apr 2008).
  • Turner, B. L., II. Land Change Science. 4th IGBP Congress (Apr 2008).
  • B. L. Turner II. Land Change Science and Land Architecture. Invited Lecture, Colorado State University (Mar 2008).
  • B. L. Turner II. Sustainable Land Architecture. Rutgers-Columbia U. Symposium on Forest Transition (Mar 2008).
Honors / Awards

2015 - Preston E. James Eminent Latin Americanist Career Award, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers
2009 - Sustainability Science Award, Ecological Society of America
2008 - Fellow, Massachusetts Academy of Science (inaugural class)
2002 - Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2001 - National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences
2001 - Robert Mc. Netting Award (for distinguished scholarship linking geography and anthropology), Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, AAG
1998 - American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1996 - Centenary Medal (for outstanding contributions to research), Royal Scottish Geographical Society
1995 - Distinguished Research Honors, Association of American Geographers
1995 - National Academy of Sciences
1994 - Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA
1987 - Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers
1981 - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship

Service
  • SOS-Graduate Cmt & Admissions, Member (2010 - Present)
  • DIVERSITAS, SCIENTIFIC STEERING CMT. (2010 - Present)
  • GIOS-Wrigley Speaker Cmt., Member (2010 - Present)
  • Global Land Project, Lead organizer for 2010 Open Science Meeting, ASU (2010 - Present)
  • Central Arizona Project LTER, Grant Writing Team (2009 - Present)
  • National Academy of Sciences, Roundtable on Science and technology for Sustainability (2009 - Present)
  • National Academy of Sciences, Roundtable on Science and technology for Sustainability (2009 - Present)
  • President's Academic Council, Member (2009 - Present)
  • President's Academic Council, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Sustainability Academic Programs Committee, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Central Arizona Project LTER, Land Use Land Cover co-leader (2009 - Present)
  • Central Arizona Project LTER, Land Use Land Cover co-leader (2009 - Present)
  • Graduate Admissions Committee-SGSUP, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Graduate Admissions Committee-SGSUP, Member (2009 - Present)
  • National Academy of Sciences, Nomination Committee (2009 - Present)
  • Office of Sustainability, University of Iowa, Advisory Board (2009 - Present)
  • Office of Sustainability, University of Iowa, Advisory Board (2009 - Present)
  • Proceedings, National Academy of Sciences, USA, Associate Editor (2009 - Present)
  • Proceedings, National Academy of Sciences, USA, Associate Editor (2009 - Present)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee--SGSUP, Member & Lead for Third Review Case (2009 - Present)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee--SOS, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee--SOS, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Speakers Committee-SGSUP, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Speakers Committee-SGSUP, Member (2009 - Present)
  • The Edge (Environmental Science, Law, and Policy Book Series), Advisory Board (2008 - Present)
  • The Edge (Environmental Science, Law, and Policy Book Series), Advisory Board (2008 - Present)
  • The Edge (Environmental Science, Law, and Policy Book Series), Advisory Board (2008 - Present)
  • Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change, Committee on America’s Climate Choices NRC, Panel Member (2008 - Present)
  • Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change, Committee on America’s Climate Choices NRC, Panel Member (2008 - Present)
  • Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change, Committee on America’s Climate Choices NRC, Panel Member (2008 - Present)
  • Coupled Human and Natural Systems NET, Advisory Board (2008 - Present)
  • Coupled Human and Natural Systems NET, Advisory Board (2008 - Present)
  • Coupled Human and Natural Systems NET, Advisory Board (2008 - Present)
  • Global Land Project, IGBP-IHDP, Scientific Steering Cmt. (2008 - Present)
  • Global Land Project, IGBP-IHDP, Scientific Steering Cmt. (2008 - Present)
  • Global Land Project, IGBP-IHDP, Scientific Steering Cmt. (2008 - Present)
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Editorial Board (2008 - Present)
  • National Academy of Sciences, Member, Temporary Nominating Group, Foreign Associates (2008 - Present)
  • National Academy of Sciences, Member, Temporary Nominating Group, Foreign Associates (2008 - Present)
  • Journal of Land Use Science, Editorial Board (2005 - Present)
  • Journal of Land Use Science, Editorial Board (2005 - Present)
  • Journal of Land Use Science, Editorial Board (2005 - Present)
  • Earth Protal, Advisory Board (2004 - Present)
  • Earth Protal, Advisory Board (2004 - Present)
  • Earth Protal, Advisory Board (2004 - Present)
  • Land Use and Land Cover Change Steering Committee (LSG), Land Use Interagency Working Group (LUWIG),, Cmt. Member (2004 - Present)
  • Land Use and Land Cover Change Steering Committee (LSG), Land Use Interagency Working Group (LUWIG),, Cmt. Member (2004 - Present)
  • Land Use and Land Cover Change Steering Committee (LSG), Land Use Interagency Working Group (LUWIG),, Cmt. Member (2004 - Present)
  • Human_environment Book Series, Michigan U., Editorial Board (2003 - Present)
  • Human_environment Book Series, Michigan U., Editorial Board (2003 - Present)
  • Human_environment Book Series, Michigan U., Editorial Board (2003 - Present)
  • Environmental Science and Policy, Editorial Board (2002 - Present)
  • Environmental Science and Policy, Editorial Board (2002 - Present)
  • Environmental Science and Policy, Editorial Board (2002 - Present)
  • Regional Environmental Science, Editorial Board (2002 - Present)
  • Regional Environmental Science, Editorial Board (2002 - Present)
  • Regional Environmental Science, Editorial Board (2002 - Present)
  • Guggenheim Foundation, Reviewer for Geography and Environment Section (1999 - Present)
  • Guggenheim Foundation, Reviewer for Geography and Environment Section (1999 - Present)
  • Guggenheim Foundation, Reviewer for Geography and Environment Section (1999 - Present)
  • Annals, Association of American Geographers, Editorial Baord (1985 - Present)
  • Annals, Association of American Geographers, Editorial Baord (1985 - Present)
  • Annals, Association of American Geographers, Editorial Baord (1985 - Present)
  • DISCCRS (Interdisciplinary Discourse on Climate Change) V Symposium, Mentor (2010 - 2010)
  • European Research Council, Environment and Society Panel, Panel Member (2008 - 2009)