Billie Turner II

  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Sustainability
  • Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302
USA
480-965-1535
Email: Billie.L.Turner@asu.edu
Web: https://sites.google.com/a/asu.edu/turner/

Biography

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.

Expertise

land use change; deforestation; desertification; sustainable-land architecture; vulnerability; risk assessment; hazards assessment; agrarian societies; agriculture; ecosystem services

Education

    Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974

    M.A., Geography, University of Texas at Austin, 1969

    B.S., Geography, University of Texas at Austin, 1968

Journal Articles

2011

Kinzig, A. P., C. K. 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. DOI: 10.1126/science.1210297. (link)

2007

Clark, W. C., R. W. Kates, J. F. Richards, J. T. Mathews, W. B. Meyer, B. L. Turner II, S. T. Pickett, C. G. Boone and M. L. Cadenasso. 2007. Relationships of environmental justice to ecological theory. Bulletin for the Ecological Society of America 88:166-170. DOI: 10.1890/0012-9623(2007)88[166:ROEJTE]2.0.CO;2. (link)

Book Chapters

2013

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, C. G. Boone, D. L. Childers, S. L. Harlan and B. L. Turner II. 2013. Viewing the urban socioecological system through a sustainability lens: Lessons and prospects from the Central Arizona–Phoenix LTER Program. Pp. 217-246 In: Singh, S. J., H. Haberl, M. Chertow and M. Mirtl eds., Long Term Socio-Ecological Research. Springer.

1994

Sanderson, S. 1994. Political-economic institutions.. Pp. 329-355 In: Meyer, W. B. and B. L. Turner II eds., Cambridge University Press.

Posters

2014

Li, X., Y. Ouyang, B. Turner II, S. Harlan and A. Brazel. 2014. Parcel-level land architecture and land surface temperature in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Rode, S., E. A. Wentz, X. Li and B. L. Turner II. 2014. The impact of homeowner association landscape guidelines on residential water use. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Stephenson, R., D. Sversvold and B. L. Turner II. 2014. Impacts of foreclosure on single family residential landscapes. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 28, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Presentations

2014

Li, X., Y. Ouyang, A. J. Brazel and B. L. Turner II. 2014. Near-ground air temperature and landscape architecture in Phoenix, AZ: A spatio-temporal assessment. Presentation at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, April 8-12, 2014, Tampa, FL.

Conference Papers

2012

2012. Ecosystem Services: Charting a Path to Sustainability. In: Carpenter, S. R., A. V. Diez Roux, G. Hornberger, H. Mooney, M. G. Morgan, R. Morgan, S. P. Murphy, S. Polasky, W. Reid, B. E. Rittmann and B. L. Turner II eds., Washington, DC. Interdisciplinary Research Team Summaries from 10-13 November 2011 Conference at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center,. (link)

Atsurni, S., J. M. Berman, G. Dantas, C. M. Febria, W. Liao, M. Talley, B. Tansel, K. M. Twigg, P. K. Westerhoff and F. You. 2012. IDR Team Summary 2: Identify what resources can be produced renewably or recovered by developing intense technologies that can be applied on a massive scale. In: Carpenter, S. R., A. V. Diez Roux, G. Hornberger, H. Mooney, M. G. Morgan, R. Morss, S. P. Murphy, S. Polasky, W. Reid, B. E. Rittmann and B. L. Turner II eds., Washington, DC. Interdisciplinary Research Team Summaries from 10-13 November 2011 Conference at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center,. (link)

Brouder, S. M., F. A. DeClerck, P. S. Kettlewell, A. M. Latta, E. F. Moran, S. C. Murray, T. L. Rabaey, P. K. Riggs, J. B. Ristaino, D. Rose and O. E. Sala. 2012. IDR Team Summary 5: Design production systems for ecosystem services that improve human outcomes related to food and nutrition. In: Carpenter, S. R., A. V. Diez Roux, G. Hornberger, H. Mooney, M. G. Morgan, R. Morss, S. P. Murphy, S. Polasky, W. Reid, B. E. Rittmann and B. L. Turner II eds., Washington, DC. Interdisciplinary Research Team Summaries from 10-13 November 2011 Conference at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center,. (link)