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Douglas Green

Douglas Green
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

The Polytechnic School
Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus
6073 S. Backus Mall
Mesa, AZ 85212-0180

Douglas Green is an associate professor of the Faculty of Science and Mathematics, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at the Polytechnic campus. He first came to Arizona State University (ASU) in 1990. Courses taught by Dr. Green include soils, soil ecology, watershed management, riparian ecology, riparian restoration, and select portions of general biology. He is especially interested in helping students understand the importance of soils as a factor in habitat quality.

Dr. Green has been involved with the US Forest Service concerning riparian restoration and riparian monitoring and assessment. He has been involved with a local utility, Salt River Project, assessing flooding impacts to willow trees, an important component of willow flycatcher habitat. Current research projects include assessment of the impact of urbanization on riparian areas associated with small ephemeral stream channels in the Tucson area, influence of juniper trees plant and soil communities, and growth and survival of saguaro plant as part of restoration efforts after wildfire.

Dr. Green is involved with the Testing and Education Committee of Arizona Envirothon, sponsored by Cannon. The Cannon Envirothon is the largest high school level environmental contest in the United States including approximately 45 states and most Canadian provinces. Dr Green also served as a judge at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair.

PhD, Rangeland Resources, Oregon State University, 1991

MS, Animal and Range Sciences, North Dakota State University, 1987

BS, Range Management, Humboldt State University, 1985

Journal Articles


Fry, J., F. R. Steiner and D. M. Green. 1994. RESA evaluation method for riparian areas along the Agua Fria River.. Landscape and Urban Planning 179-199.

Fry, J., F. R. Steiner and D. M. Green. 1994. Riparian evaluation and site assessment in Arizona. Landscape and Urban Planning 28(2-3):179-199. DOI: 10.1016/0169-2046(94)90007-8. (link )

Green, D. M. and J. H. Brock. 1994. Soil chemical conditions of four plant communities in an urban riparian zone. Landscape and Urban Planning 179-199.

Book Chapters

In Press

Green, D. M. and M. G. Baker. Riparian vegetation along a gradient of urbanization in the upper Sonoran Desert.



Green, D. M., M. M. Oleksyszyn and C. M. Farley. 1999. CO2 flux and enzyme activity under two patch type conversion scenarios. Poster presented at the 22 January 1999, CAP LTER First Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe.



Ohmart, R. D., L. H. Myers, W. L. Graf, M. Hurley, D. M. Green, J. H. Brock and C. D. Zisner. 1998. Rapid assessment of riparian systems. Report submitted to Arizona Game and Fish Department.