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Nicholas Weller

Nicholas Weller

PhD Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability

nicholas.weller@asu.edu

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502

Titles

  • PhD Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability

Biography

I am interested in policy, science, democracy, and design, particularly around sustainability and environmental issues. More specifically, I study ways the general public contributes to science and policy and what decision makers do with such input. With a group of practitioners and researchers from the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society, I examine large-scale public forums exploring what people think cities should do to respond to hazards like droughts or floods. I compare these forums to others methods of participation in decision making and science, including participatory design.

As an undergraduate research assistant in ASU's Wetland Ecosystem Ecology Lab I studied the impact of plants on the performance of a wetland designed to treat wastewater and helping with other projects. More recently, I worked with the School of Sustainability's Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools program to develop and implement sustainability curriculum and programming for local K-12 schools. 

Research Assistant Experience

  • Undergraduate research with Daniel L. Childers on Tres Rios Wetland Ecosystem project
  • Undergraduate research with Nancy B. Grimm on Stormwater Nitrogen in Arizona project

Education

  • 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 (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.