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 Service & Community Solutions
  • 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

PhD, Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2002

MS, Resource Recreation and Tourism, University of Idaho, 1998

BA, History, George Mason University, 1993

Journal Articles

In Press

Bausch, J. C., H. Eakin, S. Smith-Heisters, A. M. York, D. D. White, C. Rubinos and R. M. Aggarwal. In Press. Development pathways at the agriculture-urban interface: the case of Central Arizona. Agriculture and Human Values DOI: 10.1007/s10460-015-9589-8 .

2015

White, D. D., L. Withycombe Keeler, A. Wiek and K. L. Larson. 2015. Envisioning the future of water governance: A survey of central Arizona water decision makers. Environmental Practice 16:1-11. DOI: 10.1017/S1466046614000489 . (link)

Withycombe Keeler, L., A. Wiek, D. D. White and D. A. Sampson. 2015. Linking stakeholder survey, scenario analysis, and simulation modeling to explore the long-term impacts of regional water governance regimes.. Environmental Science and Policy 48:237-249. (link)

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Book Chapters

2014

Gober, P., D. D. White, R. Quay, D. A. Sampson and C. W. Kirkwood. 2014. 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

2015

Chipman, D., K. Larson, D. White and A. Wutich. 2015. I will survive: Perceptions of personal and global climate change risks. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Cázares-Rodriguez, J., E. R. Vivoni, D. D. White and A. I. Ramirez. 2015. Flood analysis and mitigation strategies in the Santa Catarina watershed: Multimodel application for stakeholder-driven solutions. Poster presented at the AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting, February 12-16, 2015, San Jose, CA.

Sampson, D. A., R. Quay and D. D. White. 2015. A browser interface to WaterSim 5. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

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Presentations

2014

Bohn, T. J., G. Mascaro, D. D. White and E. R. Vivoni. 2014. Does Mexican land use influence rainfall in the southwestern USA? Effects of land use on land-atmosphere fluxes and moisture transport in the North American Monsoon. Presentation at the US-Mexico Border Water, Engineering, and Sustainability Training (UMB-WEST), , July 21-August 8, 2014, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Presented July 29, 2014 at US-Mexico Border Water, Engineering, and Sustainability Training (UMB-WEST), July 21-August 8, 2014, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

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. 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. Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University. Technical Report 13-01.