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B.L. Turner II

Billie.L.Turner@asu.edu

Professor
School of Geog Sci & Urban Pln
Faculty
Mail Code: 5302

(480)965-1535

Bio

Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
Professor, School of Sustainability

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

Bio

B. L. Turner II took his B.A. and M.A. degrees in geography from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968 and 1969 respectively, and his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974. At ASU he is the Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society. Turner came to ASU after 28 years in the Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, where he was Higgins Professor of Environment and Society, served as Director of that School for more than decade, and helped to create and administer the George Perkins Marsh Institute, which engages a range of human-environment problems. He previously held appointments at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Professor Turner is currently engaged in land change science focused especially on deforestation and sustainability in the southern Yucatán.

Turner is a recipient of Distinguished Research Honors from the Association of American Geographers (1995) and the Centenary Medal, Royal Scottish Geographical Society (1996), among other honors. He is former Guggenheim Fellow (1981) and Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (1994). He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998, and the inaugural class of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences in 2008.

Research Interests

Professor Turner continues to engage in large range of research activities focused on the theme of human-environment relationships. These range from those of the ancient Maya peoples of Mesoamerica, to smallholder farming behavior in the tropics, to tropical deforestation and sustainability. A significant portion of this work combines natural, human and remote sensing/geographical information sciences to address problems of human-environment systems, including: land change science, sustainability science, cultural and political ecology, global environmental and climate change.

Honors and Awards

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, Calif.
1987 Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers
1981 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship

Courses

History of Contemporary Geography
The Earth as Transformed by Human Action
Human Ecologies

Outreach and Service

Professor Turner has served on a large number of panels, committees and boards of the Association of American Geographers, National Research Council and the International Council of Science. He helped to form the Global Land Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and International Human Dimensions Programme and currently serves on its scientific steering committee.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ESS 591 Seminar
GCU 591 Seminar
GPH 790 Reading and Conference
GPH 792 Research
SOS 591 Seminar

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GPH 210 Society and Environment
GPH 792 Research

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
BIO 591 Seminar
GCU 591 Seminar
SOS 591 Seminar

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GPH 210 Society and Environment
GPH 792 Research
SOS 590 Reading and Conference

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GCU 591 Seminar

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
BIO 591 Seminar
GCU 591 Seminar
GCU 792 Research
GPH 210 Society and Environment
GPH 792 Research
SOS 591 Seminar
SOS 790 Reading and Conference

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GPH 210 Society and Environment
GPH 598 Special Topics
SOS 590 Reading and Conference
SOS 592 Research
SOS 599 Thesis
SOS 790 Reading and Conference
SOS 792 Research
SOS 799 Dissertation

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GCU 591 Seminar
GCU 596 History of Geographic Thought
GCU 792 Research
GPH 792 Research
SOS 591 Seminar

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GCU 591 Seminar

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
GPH 210 Society and Environment
GPH 792 Research

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. 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).

  2. B. L. Turner II. Andrew P. Vayda, Explaining Human Actions and Environmental Change. Dialogues in Human Geography (2011).

  3. 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).

  4. 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).

  5. B. L. Turner II. Land Change in the Southern Yucatán: Case Studies in Land Change Science. Regional Environmental Change (2010).

  6. B. L. Turner II. Vulnerability and Resilience: Coalescing or Paralleling Approaches for Sustainability Science?. Global Environmental Change (2010).

  7. B. L. Turner II and M. Fischer-Kolwaski. Ester Boserup: An Interdisciplinary Visionary Relevant for Sustainability. Proceedings, National Academy of Sciences (2010).

  8. National Research Council. America's Climate Choices: Advancing the Science of Climate Change. National Academy of Sciences (2010).

  9. Special Issue on Land Change in the Southern Yucatán: Case Studies in Land Change Science. Regional Environmental Change (2010).

  10. B. L. Turner II. Unlocking the Ancient Maya ad their Environment: Paleo-Evidence and Dating Resolution. Geology (2010).

  11. B. L. Turner II. Land Change Science. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier (2009).

  12. B. L. Turner II. Sustainability and Forest Transitions in the Southern Yucatán: The Land Architecture Approach. Land Use Policy (2009).

  13. T. Rudel, L. C. Schneider , M. Uriarte , B. Turner, R. DeFries, D. Lawrence , J. Geoghegan , S. Hecht , A. Ickowitz , E. Lambin, T. Birkenholtz , S. Baptista , R. Grau.. Agricultural Intensification and Changes in Cultivated Areas, 1970-2005. Proceedings, National Academy of Sciences, USA (2009).

  14. Book chapter: , J. X. Kasperson, R. E. Kasperson, B. L. Turner II. Vulnerability of Coupled Human-Ecological Systems to Global to Global Environmental Change. The Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. MIT Press (2009).

  15. Book chapter: B. L. Turner II. Land Change (System) Science. Companion to Environmental Geography. Wiley Blackwell (2009).

  16. Book chapter: J. Harrington, Jr., B. Yarnell, D. Liverman, B. L. Turner II. Human-Environment Interactions that Shaped the Local Landscape: The Historical Context. Sustainable Communities on a Sustainable Planet: The Human-Environment Regional Observatory Project. Cambridge University Press (2009).

  17. Turner, B. L., II. The Southern Yucatán Peninsular Region (SYPR) Project: Deforestation and land change in a seasonal tropical forest and economic frontier. Newsletter of the Global Land Project (2008).

  18. 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).

  19. 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).

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Presentations

  1. B. L. Turner II Ester Boserup-Innovative Scholar. Plenary, Ester Boserup Conference: A Centennial Tribute. (Nov 2010).
  2. 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).
  3. B. L. Turner II Land Architecture and Environmeantl Tradeoffs. Coupled Human and Natural Systems Fellows Symposium, NSF. (Apr 2010).
  4. B. L. Turner II Advancing the Science of Climate Change. President's Plenary, AnnualMeetings, Association of American Geographers. (Apr 2010).
  5. B. L. Turner II Determining Land Systems Sustaianbility through Land Architecture Approach: Example from Southern Yucatan. American Geophysical Union, Annual Meetings. (Dec 2009).
  6. B. L. Turner II America's Climate Choices. Association of American Geographers, Annual Meetings. (Mar 2009).
  7. B. L. Turner II Bridging Science and Practice. Mosakawski Institute Sympoium. (Nov 2008).
  8. B. L. Turner II Sustainable Land Architecture. Social Science Seminary Series, Oklahoma State U.. (Nov 2008).
  9. B. L. Turner II Cultural and Political Ecology. Workshop of Explaining Coupled Systems. (Oct 2008).
  10. B. L. Turner II Sustainable Land Architecture and the Collapse of the Ancient Maya. Harlan II Conference, U. Cal. Davis. (Sep 2008).
  11. B. L. Turner II Sustainability and Resilience. STEP Conference on Resilience. (Sep 2008).
  12. B. L. Turner II Geography's Legacy. Universidad Nacional de Colombia (inaugural celebration of new Ph.D.). (Aug 2008).
  13. B. L. Turner II Land Architecture and the Ancient Maya. Workshop on History and Land Systems, Sapporro, Japan. (Jun 2008).
  14. B. L. Turner II Sustainable Land Architecture. Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers. (Apr 2008).
  15. Turner, B. L., II Land Change Science. 4th IGBP Congress. (Apr 2008).
  16. B. L. Turner II Land Change Science and Land Architecture. Invited Lecture, Colorado State University. (Mar 2008).
  17. B. L. Turner II Sustainable Land Architecture. Rutgers-Columbia U. Symposium on Forest Transition. (Mar 2008).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Turner II,Billie Lee * . Agricultural Intensification and Sustainable Livelihoods in Tanzania. PURDUE UNIV (12/1/2013 - 9/30/2014).
  2. Redman,Charles L * , Redman,Charles L * , Aggarwal,Rimjhim M , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Fragkias,Michail , Turner II,Billie Lee , Turner II,Billie Lee , Van Der Leeuw,Sander , . Urbanization and Global Environmental Change International Project Office. NSF-ENG-BCS (9/1/2012 - 2/29/2016).
  3. Grimm,Nancy B * , Abbott,Joshua K , Abbott,Joshua K , Aggarwal,Rimjhim M , Aggarwal,Rimjhim M , Anselin,Luc E , Arrowsmith,Ramon , Basile,George Matthew , Basile,George Matthew , Basile,George Matthew , Bateman,Heather Lyn , Bolin,Robert , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Brazel,Anthony J , Childers,Daniel L , Childers,Daniel L , Deviche,Pierre , Earl,Stevan Ross , Earl,Stevan Ross , Elser,Monica Mueller , Elser,Monica Mueller , Fenichel,Eli Paul , Franklin,Janet , Fraser,Matthew P , Fraser,Matthew P , Gober,Patricia , Hall,Sharon , Harlan,Sharon , Hartnett,Hilairy , Johnson,James Chadwick , Lant,Timothy W , Lant,Timothy W , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Martin,Chris A , Myint,Soe W , Nation,Marcia L , Nation,Marcia L , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Ruddell,Benjamin Lyle , Sabo,John L , Shock,Everett , Smith,Vincent Kerry , Stutz,Jean C , Tarrant,Philip E , Turner II,Billie Lee , Turner II,Billie Lee , Vivoni,Enrique , Westerhoff,Paul , Wiek,Arnim , Wiek,Arnim , Wu,Jianguo , Wu,Jianguo , Wu,Jianguo , Wutich,Amber Yoder , York,Abigail , . CAP3: Urban Sustainability in the Dynamic Environment of Central Arizona USA. NSF-ENG-BCS (12/1/2010 - 11/30/2016).
  4. Turner II,Billie Lee * Turner II,Billie Lee * Fragkias,Michail . GLP Open Science Meeting 2010 and International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. NSF-SBE (10/1/2010 - 9/30/2011).
  5. White,Dave Douglas * , Anselin,Luc E , Balling,Robert C , Basile,George Matthew , Basile,George Matthew , Brazel,Anthony J , Eakin,Hallie C , Ellis,Andrew Walton , Elser,Monica Mueller , Elser,Monica Mueller , Gammage,Grady , Gober,Patricia , Gober,Patricia , Guhathakurta,Subhrajit , Guhathakurta,Subhrajit , Kenrick,Douglas T , Kirkwood,Craig William , Lant,Timothy W , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Ledlow,Susan Elizabeth , Murray,Alan Todd , Nelson,Margaret C , Neuberg,Steven Laurence , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Smith,Vincent Kerry , Turner II,Billie Lee , Wentz,Elizabeth Ann , Westerhoff,Paul , Wiek,Arnim , Wutich,Amber Yoder , York,Abigail , . Decision Center for a Desert City II - Urban Climate Adaptation. NSF-SES (9/15/2010 - 8/31/2015).
  6. Turner II,Billie Lee * Turner II,Billie Lee * Fragkias,Michail . GLP Open Science Meeting 2010 and the International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change.. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR (3/4/2010 - 9/3/2011).
  7. Grimm,Nancy B * , Aggarwal,Rimjhim M , Anderies,John M , Arrowsmith,Ramon , Basile,George Matthew , Bolin,Robert , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Brazel,Anthony J , Childers,Daniel L , Deviche,Pierre , Earl,Stevan Ross , Elser,Monica Mueller , Fraser,Matthew P , Gries,Corinna , Grossman Clarke,Susanne , Hall,Sharon , Harlan,Sharon , Hartnett,Hilairy , Johnson,James Chadwick , Kinzig,Ann , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Majumdar,Anandamayee , Martin,Chris A , Myint,Soe W , Nation,Marcia L , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Sabo,John L , Shock,Everett , Shock,Everett , Smith,Vincent Kerry , Stutz,Jean C , Tarrant,Philip E , Turner II,Billie Lee , Westerhoff,Paul , Wiek,Arnim , Wu,Jianguo , Wutich,Amber Yoder , Yabiku,Scott Thomas , York,Abigail , . Cap LTER: Phase 2 - 2006 REU Supplement. NSF-BIO (7/6/2006 - 11/30/2011).
  8. Grimm,Nancy B * , Aggarwal,Rimjhim M , Anderies,John M , Arrowsmith,Ramon , Basile,George Matthew , Bolin,Robert , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Brazel,Anthony J , Childers,Daniel L , Deviche,Pierre , Earl,Stevan Ross , Elser,Monica Mueller , Fraser,Matthew P , Gries,Corinna , Grossman Clarke,Susanne , Hall,Sharon , Harlan,Sharon , Hartnett,Hilairy , Johnson,James Chadwick , Kinzig,Ann , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Majumdar,Anandamayee , Martin,Chris A , Myint,Soe W , Nation,Marcia L , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Sabo,John L , Shock,Everett , Shock,Everett , Smith,Vincent Kerry , Stutz,Jean C , Tarrant,Philip E , Turner II,Billie Lee , Westerhoff,Paul , Wiek,Arnim , Wu,Jianguo , Wutich,Amber Yoder , Yabiku,Scott Thomas , York,Abigail , . Cap LTER: Phase 2 - 2006 International & General Supplements. NSF-BIO (7/6/2006 - 11/30/2011).
  9. Childers,Daniel L * , Aggarwal,Rimjhim M , Allen,Jonathan Ostrom , Allen,Jonathan Ostrom , Anderies,John M , Anderies,John M , Arrowsmith,Ramon , Basile,George Matthew , Basile,George Matthew , Bolin,Robert , Bolin,Robert , Boone,Christopher G , Boone,Christopher G , Brazel,Anthony J , Briggs,John M , Deviche,Pierre , Earl,Stevan Ross , Elser,Monica Mueller , Faeth,Stanley H , Fraser,Matthew P , Gries,Corinna , Grimm,Nancy B , Grossman Clarke,Susanne , Hall,Sharon , Harlan,Sharon , Harlan,Sharon , Harlan,Sharon , Hartnett,Hilairy , Hope,Diane , Johnson,James Chadwick , Johnson,James Chadwick , Kaye,Jason , Kinzig,Ann , Kuby,Lauren H , Larson,Kelli Leigh , Majumdar,Anandamayee , Martin,Chris A , Martin,Chris A , Mccartney,Peter H , Myint,Soe W , Nash,Thomas H , Nation,Marcia L , Peccia,Jordan Lee , Redman,Charles L , Redman,Charles L , Sabo,John L , Shears,Brenda L , Shock,Everett , Shock,Everett , Smith,Vincent Kerry , Stutz,Jean C , Stutz,Jean C , Tarrant,Philip E , Turner II,Billie Lee , Wentz,Elizabeth Ann , Westerhoff,Paul , Wiek,Arnim , Wu,Jianguo , Wutich,Amber Yoder , Yabiku,Scott Thomas , York,Abigail , . Central Arizona Phoenix LTER: Phase 2. NSF-BIO (12/1/2004 - 11/30/2011).

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Service

  1. SOS-Graduate Cmt & Admissions, Member (2010 - present)
  2. DIVERSITAS, SCIENTIFIC STEERING CMT. (2010 - present)
  3. GIOS-Wrigley Speaker Cmt., Member (2010 - present)
  4. Global Land Project, Lead organizer for 2010 Open Science Meeting, ASU (2010 - present)
  5. Central Arizona Project LTER, Grant Writing Team (2009 - present)
  6. National Academy of Sciences, Roundtable on Science and technology for Sustainability (2009 - present)
  7. National Academy of Sciences, Roundtable on Science and technology for Sustainability (2009 - present)
  8. President's Academic Council, Member (2009 - present)
  9. President's Academic Council, Member (2009 - present)
  10. Sustainability Academic Programs Committee, Member (2009 - present)
  11. Central Arizona Project LTER, Land Use Land Cover co-leader (2009 - present)
  12. Central Arizona Project LTER, Land Use Land Cover co-leader (2009 - present)
  13. Graduate Admissions Committee-SGSUP, Member (2009 - present)
  14. Graduate Admissions Committee-SGSUP, Member (2009 - present)
  15. National Academy of Sciences, Nomination Committee (2009 - present)
  16. Office of Sustainability, University of Iowa, Advisory Board (2009 - present)
  17. Office of Sustainability, University of Iowa, Advisory Board (2009 - present)
  18. Proceedings, National Academy of Sciences, USA, Associate Editor (2009 - present)
  19. Promotion and Tenure Committee--SGSUP, Member & Lead for Third Review Case (2009 - present)
  20. Promotion and Tenure Committee--SOS, Member (2009 - present)
  21. Promotion and Tenure Committee--SOS, Member (2009 - present)
  22. Speakers Committee-SGSUP, Member (2009 - present)
  23. Speakers Committee-SGSUP, Member (2009 - present)
  24. The Edge (Environmental Science, Law, and Policy Book Series), Advisory Board (2008 - present)
  25. The Edge (Environmental Science, Law, and Policy Book Series), Advisory Board (2008 - present)
  26. Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change, Committee on America’s Climate Choices NRC, Panel Member (2008 - present)
  27. Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change, Committee on America’s Climate Choices NRC, Panel Member (2008 - present)
  28. Coupled Human and Natural Systems NET, Advisory Board (2008 - present)
  29. Global Land Project, IGBP-IHDP, Scientific Steering Cmt. (2008 - present)
  30. National Academy of Sciences, Member, Temporary Nominating Group, Foreign Associates (2008 - present)
  31. National Academy of Sciences, Member, Temporary Nominating Group, Foreign Associates (2008 - present)
  32. Journal of Land Use Science, Editorial Board (2005 - present)
  33. Earth Protal, Advisory Board (2004 - present)
  34. Land Use and Land Cover Change Steering Committee (LSG), Land Use Interagency Working Group (LUWIG),, Cmt. Member (2004 - present)
  35. Human_environment Book Series, Michigan U., Editorial Board (2003 - present)
  36. Environmental Science and Policy, Editorial Board (2002 - present)
  37. Regional Environmental Science, Editorial Board (2002 - present)
  38. Guggenheim Foundation, Reviewer for Geography and Environment Section (1999 - present)
  39. Annals, Association of American Geographers, Editorial Baord (1985 - present)
  40. DISCCRS (Interdisciplinary Discourse on Climate Change) V Symposium, Mentor (2010)

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