Dave White

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Co-Director, Decision Center for a Desert City, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, College of Public Programs
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

School of Community Resources and Development
Arizona State University
411 N. Central Ave., Ste. 550
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4020
602-496-0154
Email: Dave.White@asu.edu
Web: http://scrd.asu.edu/portal

Biography

Dave White is associate professor in the Arizona State University (ASU) School of Community Resources and Development and Director of the National Science Foundation's Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC), which studies water-management decisions in the face of growing climatic uncertainty in central Arizona. Dr. White also holds appointments at ASU as Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and affiliate faculty with the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes and the School of Public Affairs. Dr. White's research focuses on developing theory and methods for linking knowledge to action for sustainable resource management. With DCDC, he has developed and studied processes, outcomes, and institutional forms of boundary organizations for the co-production of knowledge and decisions; identified divergent perspectives between stakeholder groups at the science-policy nexus; and tested competing methods for gathering information on sensitive topics from decision makers. This work has contributed to the development and refinement of new tools and techniques for collaborative environmental decision making such as DCDC WaterSim. Dr. White is a recipient of the ASU President's Medal for Social Embeddedness. He received his Ph.D. in Forestry from Virginia Tech.

Expertise

natural resource management; social and ecological impacts; water resource management; urban tourism; recreation; community involvement; boundary spanning organizations; climate change impacts; communities; decision-making

Education

    Ph.D., Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2002

    M.S., Resource Recreation and Tourism, University of Idaho, 1998

    B.A., History, George Mason University, 1993

Journal Articles

In Press

White, D. D., A. Y. Wutich, K. L. Larson and T. Lant. In Press. Water management decision makers’ evaluations of uncertainty in a decision support system: The case of WaterSim in the Decision Theater. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2013.875892.

White, D. D., L. Withycombe Keeler, A. Wiek and K. L. Larson. In Press. Envisioning the future of water governance: A survey of central Arizona water decision makers. Environmental Practice

2014

Wutich, A., A. C. White, D. D. White, K. L. Larson, A. Brewis and C. Roberts. 2014. Hard paths, soft paths, or no paths? Cross-cultural perceptions of water solutions. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 18(1):109–120. DOI: doi:10.5194/hess-18-109-2014. (link)

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Book Chapters

In Press

Gober, P., D. D. White, R. Quay, D. A. Sampson and C. W. Kirkwood. In Press. Socio-hydrology modelling for an uncertain future, with examples from the USA and Canada. In: Riddick, A. T., H. Kessler and J. R. Giles eds., Integrated Environmental Modelling to Solve Real World Problems: Methods, Vision and Challenges. Vol 408. The Geological Society of London. DOI: 10.1144/SP408.2. (link)

Posters

2014

Blasco, D., H. McAtee, A. Wutich, A. White, C. Roberts, D. White, K. Larson and A. A. Brewis. 2014. Hard paths, soft paths or no paths? Cross-cultural perceptions of water solutions. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Brandau, J., S. Rode, M. Holmes and D. White. 2014. Compare to conserve: Residential smart-metering. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 28, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Cázares-Rodriguez, J., E. R. Vivoni, D. D. White and A. I. Ramirez. 2014. Analysis and modeling of the Santa Catarina Watershed response to Hurricane Alex. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 28, 2014 , Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

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Presentations

2014

Bohn, T. J., E. R. Vivoni and D. D. White. 2014. Atmospheric moisture transport in the North American monsoon: Linking water and land governance across political boundaries. Presentation at the National Science Foundation Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) PI Meeting, April 8-9, 2014, Arlington, VA.

White, D. D., L. Withycombe Keeler, A. Wiek, K. L. Larson, D. A. Sampson and R. Quay. 2014. Linking stakeholder engagement, scenario analysis, and simulation modeling to explore the long-term impacts of regional water governance regimes. Presentation at the Environmental Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, May 19, 2014, Lemont, IL.

White, D. D. 2014. Advancing science in support of water policy and urban climate change adaptation. Presentation at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, SkySong, Scottsdale, AZ.

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Reports

2013

Larson, K. L., D. D. White, P. Gober, C. W. Kirkwood, V. K. Smith, M. C. Nelson, C. L. Redman and S. K. Wittlinger. 2013. Advancing science in support of water policy and urban climate change adaptation at Arizona State University’s Decision Center for a Desert City: A synthesis of interdisciplinary research on climate, water, and decision making under uncertainty. Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University. Technical Report 13-02. (link)

Middel, A., R. Quay and D. D. White. 2013. Water reuse in central Arizona. Technical Report 13-01.