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.
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
Li, X., Y. Zhang, C. S. Galletti, B. L. Turner II and S. W. Myint. In Review. Object-based land-cover classification for metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, using aerial photography. Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
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. 10.1126/science.1210297 (link)
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. 10.1890/0012-9623(2007)88[166:ROEJTE]2.0.CO;2 (link)
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.
Sanderson, S. 1994. Political-economic institutions.. Pp. 329-355 In: Meyer, W. B. and B. L. Turner II eds., Cambridge University Press.
2012. Ecosystem Services: Charting a Path to Sustainability. 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. 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. Washington, DC. Interdisciplinary Research Team Summaries from 10-13 November 2011 Conference at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center,. (link)