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Nicholas Weller

Nicholas Weller

Postdoctoral Research Associate, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures

nicholas.weller@asu.edu

School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 872008
Tempe, AZ 85287-2008

Titles

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures

Biography

Nicholas Weller is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) at Arizona State University (ASU). Through his work, he promotes engagement among scientists, public audiences, policy makers, and cultural organizations. He conducts this work in service of creating a just, free, and sustainable future. He studies the use of deliberative public forums to capture public values and shape science and policy on uncertain, contested, and technical topics. Currently, he works with ASU’s Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning (CIISL) to help professionals at museums and other cultural organizations develop sustainability-related programs. He also works with ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) to better link science with public values.

Nicholas completed his PhD in the School of Sustainability. During his graduate studies, Nicholas helped lead and develop public forums on climate change adaptation with CSPO. He also worked with the School of Sustainability's Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools program to develop and implement sustainability programs for local K-12 schools and served in ASU's Graduate and Professional Student Association. As an undergraduate research assistant in ASU's Wetland Ecosystem Ecology Lab, he studied the impact of plants on the performance of a wetland designed to treat wastewater

Education

  • PhD, Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2019
  • BS, Sustainability (concentration Sustainable Ecosystems), Arizona State University, 2013

Expertise

Journal Articles

2016

Sanchez, C. A., D. L. Childers, L. J. Turnbull, R. F. Upham and N. A. Weller. 2016. Aridland constructed treatment wetlands II: Plant mediation of surface hydrology enhances nitrogen removal. Ecological Engineering 97(Dec):658-665. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2016.01.002. (link )

Weller, N. A., D. L. Childers, C. A. Sanchez, L. J. Turnbull and R. F. Upham. 2016. Aridland constructed treatment wetlands I: Macrophyte community productivity, community composition, and nitrogen uptake. Ecological Engineering 97(Dec):649=657. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2015.05.044. (link )

Posters

2016

Sanchez, C. A., N. A. Weller, D. L. Childers, L. J. Turnbull and R. Upham. 2016. The effects of macrophyte productivity and community composition on the water and nutrient budgets of an aridland constructed treatment wetland. Poster presented at the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Eighteenth Annual All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 15 Januar 2016, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

2015

Weller, N. A., C. A. Sanchez, L. J. Turnbull and R. Upham. 2015. The effects of macrophyte productivity and community composition on the water and nutrient budgets of an aridland constructed treatment wetland. Poster presented at the 2015 LTER All Scientists Meeting, 30 August-2 September 2015, Estes Park, CO.

2013

Loza Morales, D. E., D. L. Childers, A. Evans, A. Evans, C. A. Sanchez and N. Weller. 2013. Macropyte decomposition rates in the Tres Rios constructed treatment wetland: Preliminary results. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

Ramos, J., E. J. Chapman, N. A. Weller and D. L. Childers. 2013. Trace gas fluxes from the Tres Rios wetllands project in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

Sanchez, C. A., D. L. Childers, L. J. Turnbull and N. A. Weller. 2013. The contribution of evapotranspiration to the annual water budget of an aridland urban wastewater treatment wetland. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

Weller, N. A., D. L. Childers and L. J. Turnbull. 2013. Plant community changes and related nutrient retention within an aridland constructed wastewater treatment wetland. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

2012

Sanchez, C. A., D. L. Childers, L. J. Turnbull, B. P. Warner and N. A. Weller. 2012. The contribution of evapotranspiration and evaporation to the water budget of a treatment wetland in Phoenix, AZ, USA. Poster presented at 13 January 2012 CAP LTER 14th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Weller, N. A., L. J. Turnbull and D. L. Childers. 2012. The influence of storm characteristics and catchment structure on particulate organic matter transport in an arid city. Poster presented at 13 January 2012 CAP LTER 14th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2011

Weller, N. A., L. J. Turnbull and D. L. Childers. 2011. The influence of storm characteristics and catchment structure on particulate organic matter transport in an arid city. Poster presented at the 7-12 August 2011 96th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX.

Presentations

2015

Childers, D. L., P. Bois, C. A. Sanchez, D. Tallman and N. A. Weller. 2015. Turquoise infrastructure in cities: How a constructed treatment wetland provides key urban ecosystem services in Phoenix, AZ. Presentation at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link )

2013

Childers, D. L., J. Hannan, J. Ramos, C. A. Sanchez, L. J. Turnbull and N. A. Weller. 2013. When plant-mediated water flows increase biogeochemical efficiency in an aridland urban treatment wetland, and pleasantly surprise the engineers. Presentation at the Sustainable Pathways: Learning from the Past and Shaping the Future, 98th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 4-9 August 2013, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (link )

Childers, D. L., J. Hannan, C. A. Sanchez, L. J. Turnbull and N. A. Weller. 2013. A constructed treatment wetland provides key urban ecosystem services even in a hot, dry climate. Presentation at the Sustainable Pathways: Learning from the Past and Shaping the Future, 98th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 4-9 August 2013, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (link )

2012

Sanchez, C. A., D. L. Childers, L. J. Turnbull, B. P. Warner and N. A. Weller. 2012. The contribution of evapotranspiration to the water budget of an aridland urban treatment wetland. Presentation at the 7 June 2012 INTECOL International Wetlands Conference, Orlando, FL.

2011

Turnbull, L. J., D. L. Childers, N. B. Grimm, S. R. Earl, R. L. Hale, A. Elrod and N. A. Weller. 2011. Multi-scalar effects of urban infrastructure in a semi-arid urban catchment: Nutrient retention and transport. Presentation at the 2011 Meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, San Juan, PR.

Thesis (PhD)

2019

Weller, N. 2019. Practicing democracy: Improving participatory technology assessment for sustainability challenges. PhD Dissertation. Arizona State University. (link )

Thesis (Undergraduate)

2013

Weller, N. A. 2013. Community composition and nitrogen retention in an aridland wastewater treatment wetland. Honors thesis, Barrett, the Honors College, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.