School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287
Dr. Turner researches human-environment relationships, focusing primarily on land-use change. He uses methods and approaches from the natural, social, and spatial sciences, including remote sensing and GIS, combined with extensive field work, primarily in Mexico and Central America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia, to understand the causes and consequences of deforestation and desertification. His recent research focuses on sustainable-land architecture, and on the concept of vulnerability of place, combining insights from cultural and political ecology with an analysis of risk and hazard. Dr. Turner is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He teaches courses on the human transformation of the earth, land-change science, and cultural and political ecology.
Kinzig, A. P., C. Perrings, F. S. Chapin III, S. Polasky, V. K. Smith, D. Tilman and B. L. Turner II. 2011. Paying for ecosystem services—promise and peril. Science 334:603-604. (link)
Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, C. G. Boone, D. L. Childers, S. Harlan and B. L. Turner. 2013. Viewing the urban socioecological system through a sustainability lens: Lessons and prospects from the Central Arizona–Phoenix LTER Program. Pp. 217-246 In: S. Singh J., H. Haberl, M. Chertow and M. Mirtl. eds., Long Term Socio-Ecological Research. Springer.