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Darren Ruddell

Darren Ruddell

Lecturer

druddell@usc.edu

480-861-0201

Spatial Sciences Institute
University of Southern California
3616 Trousdale Parkway, AHF B55
Los Angeles, CA 90089
USA

Titles

  • Lecturer

Biography

Darren Ruddell is a Lecturer for the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California where he teaches Geographic Information Science (GIS) courses as part of an advanced online GIS program. Dr. Ruddell earned his Ph.D. in 2009 from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. The title of his dissertation was: "Scale and Scientific inquiry: An Investigation of Theoretical, Methodological, and Practical Applications." Ruddell served as a post-doctoral researcher for CAP and DCDC from June 2009 to June 2011 where he utilized geospatial technologies to investigate issues of urban sustainability and resiliency. Ruddell's work focuses on Phoenix, AZ where he studies physical and social dimensions of climate change at the regional and sub-regional scales of analysis. Ruddell also served as a Faculty Associate for the School of Sustainability where he co-taught Sustainable Cities in the 2010-2011 academic school year.

Education

  • PhD, Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, 2009

Journal Articles

2014

Harlan, S. L., G. Chowell, S. Yang, D. B. Petitti, E. J. Morales Butler, B. L. Ruddell and D. M. Ruddell. 2014. Heat-related deaths in hot cities: Estimates of human tolerance to high temperature thresholds. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11(3):3304-3326. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph110303304. (link )

Ruddell, D. M. and P. G. Dixon. 2014. The energy-water nexus: Are there tradeoffs between residential energy and water consumption in arid cities?. International Journal of Biometeorology 58(7):1421-1431. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-013-0743-y. (link )

2013

Petitti, D. B., S. L. Harlan, G. Chowell-Puente and D. M. Ruddell. 2013. Occupation and environmental heat-associated deaths in Maricopa County, Arizona: A case-control study. PLOS One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062596. (link )

Ruddell, D., D. Hoffman, O. Ahmad and A. Brazel. 2013. Historical threshold temperatures for Phoenix (urban) and Gila Bend (desert), central Arizona, USA. Climate Research 55(3):201-215. DOI: 10.3354/cr01130. (link )

2012

Ruddell, D. M., S. L. Harlan, S. Grossman-Clarke and G. Chowell. 2012. Scales of perception: Public awareness of regional and neighborhood climates. Climatic Change 111(3-4):581-607. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0165-y. (link )

2011

Harlan, S. L. and D. M. Ruddell. 2011. Climate change and health in cities: Impacts of heat and air pollution and potential co-benefits from mitigation and adaptation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 3:126-134. (link )

2009

Ruddell, D. M. and E. A. Wentz. 2009. Multi-tasking: Scale in geography. Geography Compass 3(2):681-697. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2008.00206.x. (link )

Book Chapters

2015

Ruddell, D., A. Brazel, W. Chow and A. Middel. 2015. The urban heat island effect and sustainability science: Causes, impacts, and solutions. Pp. Chapter 13 In: Pijawka, D. ed., Sustainability in the 21st Century: Pathways, Programs, and Policies. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. ISBN: 9781465266712.

2013

Brown, H. E., A. C. Comrie, D. M. Drechsler, C. M. Barker, R. Basu, T. Brown, A. Gershunov, A. M. Kilpatrick, W. K. Reisen and D. M. Ruddell. 2013. Human health. Pp. 312-339 In: Garfin, G. M., A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black and S. LeRoy eds., Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States. Island Press. (link )

2012

Ruddell, D. M., A. J. Brazel and W. T. Chow. 2012. The urban heat island effect and sustainability science: Causes, impacts, and solutions. Pp. 167-184 In: Pijawka, K. and M. A. Gromulat eds., Understanding Sustainable Cities: Concepts, Cases, and Solutions. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

2010

Ruddell, D. M., S. L. Harlan, S. Grossman-Clarke and A. Buyantuyev. 2010. Risk and exposure to extreme heat in microclimates of Phoenix, AZ. Pp. 179-202 In: Showalter, P. S. and Y. L. eds., Geospatial Techniques in Urban Hazard and Disaster Analysis. Springer-Verlag.

Posters

2013

Bleasdale, T., K. Parady, J. Declet-Barreto, D. M. Ruddell, S. L. Harlan and A. J. Brazel. 2013. A web-based interactive timeline of social-environmental change in central south Phoenix: 1860-2012. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

2011

Ruddell, D. M., E. A. Wentz, A. J. Brazel, J. Declet, P. G. Dixon, P. Gober, S. Grossman-Clarke, S. L. Harlan and S. R. Kelley. 2011. Environmental tradeoffs in a desert city: An investigation of water use, energy consumption, and local air temperature in Phoenix, AZ. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the 12-13 January 2011 CAP LTER 13th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. (link )

2010

Ahmad, O. and D. M. Ruddell. 2010. Balancing energy and water consumption in an urban desert environment, Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented on May 5, 2010 at the Community of Undergraduate/Graduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Ahmad, O. and D. M. Ruddell. 2010. Balancing energy and water consumption in an urban desert environment: A case study on Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented April 17, 2010 at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C.

Ahmad, O. and D. M. Ruddell. 2010. Balancing energy and water consumption in an urban desert environment: A case study on Phoenix, AZ. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the January 14, 2010 12th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link )

Hoffman, D. A., O. Ahmad, D. M. Ruddell and A. J. Brazel. 2010. A historical analysis of threshold temperatures in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented on May 5, 2010 at the Community of Undergraduate/Graduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Hoffman, D. A., D. M. Ruddell and O. Ahmad. 2010. Historical temperature trends in Phoenix, Arizona from 1896-2009. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the January 14, 2010 12th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link )

Hoffman, D. A., D. M. Ruddell and O. Ahmad. 2010. Historical temperature trends in Phoenix, Arizona from 1896-2009. Poster presented April 16, 2010 at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C.

Ruddell, D., J. Declet-Barreto, S. L. Harlan and S. Grossman-Clarke. 2010. Climate change in an urban desert: Examining the role of vegetation in local temperature variability in Phoenix, AZ. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the January 14, 2010 12th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link )

2009

Ruddell, D. M., J. Declet, S. L. Harlan, S. Grossman-Clarke and G. Chowell. 2009. Climate change in an urban desert: An examination of vegetation and local temperature variability in Phoenix. Estes Park, CO. Poster presented at 14-16 September 2009 LTER All Scientists Meeting, Integrating Science and Society in a World of Constant Change.

Ruddell, D. M., S. L. Harlan and S. Grossman-Clarke. 2009. Assessing exposure and experience with extreme heat in Phoenix, AZ. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at 11th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Poster Symposium, January 15, 2009, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link )

2008

Ruddell, D. M. 2008. Risk and exposure to heat stress in microclimates of Phoenix, AZ. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the Community of Undergraduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Tempe, AZ. April 30, 2008.

Ruddell, D. M., S. L. Harlan, G. Luikart and S. B. Lerman. 2008. Public park ecology and nieghborhood crime: Assessing resident perceptions of crime and park quality. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

2007

Ruddell, D. M. and S. L. Harlan. 2007. Exposure and resources to cope with extreme heat: Phoenix as a human habitat in summer. Poster presented at the February 17, 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Francisco, CA. (link )

Ruddell, D. M. and S. L. Harlan. 2007. Phoenix as a human habitat in summer: Exposure and resources to cope with extreme heat. Poster presented at the January 10, 2007 CAP LTER Ninth Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Ruddell, D. M., S. B. Lerman, G. Luikart and S. L. Harlan. 2007. Public park ecology and neighborhood crime: assessing resident perceptions of crime and park quality. Poster presented at the October 2007 Association of American Coast Geographers Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

2006

Ruddell, D. M., A. Gustafson, J. S. Walker and S. L. Harlan. 2006. Plans for the 2006 Phoenix area social survey. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Ruddell, D. M., A. Gustafson, J. S. Walker and S. L. Harlan. 2006. The Phoenix area social survey (PASS): New possibilities for LTER cross-disciplinary research in the social and ecological sciences. Poster presented at the September 20-23 LTER All Scientist Meeting, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO. (link )

Presentations

2012

Ruddell, D. M., S. L. Harlan, S. Grossman-Clarke and G. Chowell. 2012. Scales of perception: Public awareness of regional and neighborhood climates. Presented February 25, 2012 at the AAG 2012 Annual Meeting, New York, NY, February 24-28, 2012.

2011

Ruddell, D. M. 2011. Geospatial contributions to urban sustainability research: Highlights from Phoenix, AZ. Presented November 9, 2011 as the Keynote Speaker at GIS Day for the County of Ventura, Ventura, CA.

Ruddell, D. M. 2011. Human impacts of climate change: Research highlights on excess exposure to extreme heat. Presented at the Symposium on Climate Change: Adapting to Impacts on Health and the Environment sponsored by University of California Global Health Institute and Bank of American Foundation, Riverside, CA, September 2011.

Ruddell, D., D. Hoffman, O. Ahmad and A. J. Brazel. 2011. An analysis of historical threshold temperatures in Phoenix, AZ. Presented April 13, 2011 at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, WA.

2010

Ruddell, D. M. 2010. Environmental tradeoffs in a desert city: An investigation of water use, energy consumption, and local air temperature in Phoenix, AZ. Presented October 17, 2010 at the International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Ruddell, D. M., S. L. Harlan, G. Chowell and H. Morales. 2010. Heat-related mortality: A case study on Phoenix, AZ. Presented April 15, 2010 at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C.

Ruddell, D. M., S. L. Harlan, J. Declet and P. Gober. 2010. Human health and heat stress: An analysis of neighborhoods in metropolitan Phoenix, AZ. Presented January 20, 2010 at the 90th American Meteorological Society Conference, Atlanta, GA.

2009

Ahmad, O., D. M. Ruddell and D. A. Hoffman. 2009. Historical temperature trends in Phoenix, Arizona from 1896-2009. Presented October 27, 2009 at DCDC: Urban Adaptation in the Face of Climatic Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Harlan, S. L., G. Chowell, D. M. Ruddell and H. Morales. 2009. Heat-stress and hospital admissions: A case study on Phoenix, AZ. Presented October 3, 2009 at the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Conference, San Diego, CA.

Ruddell, D. M. 2009. A mixed method multi-scale analysis: A case study on extreme heat in Phoenix, AZ. Presented June 23, 2009 at the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science Conference, Santa Fe, NM.

Ruddell, D. M. 2009. Risk and exposure to extreme heat in microclimates of Phoenix, AZ. Invited presentation to the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Meeting, Phoenix, AZ. November 18, 2009.

Ruddell, D. M. 2009. Risk and exposure to extreme heat in microclimates of Phoenix, AZ. Presented July 16, 2009 at the Summer Colloquium on Climate and Health hosted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO.

Ruddell, D. M., S. L. Harlan, G. Chowell and W. Bannister. 2009. Heat-related mortality: A case study on Phoenix, AZ. Presented December 8, 2009 at the Society for Risk Analysis Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Ruddell, D. M., S. L. Harlan and S. Grossman-Clarke. 2009. Scales of perceptions: Public awareness of regional and neighborhood climate change. Presented at the January 2009 89th American Meteorological Society Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Ruddell, D. M., S. L. Harlan, E. A. Wentz and S. Grossman-Clarke. 2009. Climate change and urban vulnerability: Recommendations from Phoenix, AZ. Presented at the April 2009 Association of American Geographers Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

2008

Ruddell, D. M. 2008. Risk and exposure to extreme heat in microclimates of Phoenix, AZ. Presented at the April 2008 Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA.

Wilhelmi, O., M. Hayden, S. L. Harlan, D. M. Ruddell, K. Komatsu, B. England and C. Uejio. 2008. A framework for spatial assessment of local level vulnerability and adaptive capacity to extreme heat. San Francisco, CA. Presentation at the December 15-19, 2008 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

2006

Ruddell, D. M. 2006. The Phoenix area social survey (PASS): New possibilities for LTER cross-disciplinary research in the social and ecological sciences. Presented at September 18 CAP LTER All Scientist Meeting, Graudate Student Summer Research Presentations, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Reports

2007

Harlan, S. L., M. Budruk, A. Gustafson, K. L. Larson, D. M. Ruddell, V. K. Smith, A. Y. Wutich and S. T. Yabiku. 2007. Phoenix area social survey 2006 highlights: Community and environment in a desert metropolis. Center for Environmental Studies, ASU. Central Arizona - Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Series 4, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State Uni. (link )

Thesis (PhD)

2009

Ruddell, D. M. 2009. Scale and Scientific Inquiry: An Investigation of the Theoretical, Methodological, and Practical Applications. PhD dissertation. Arizona State University. (link )