Dan Childers is a Professor in the School of Sustainability and member of the Executive Committee of the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program (CAP LTER) at Arizona State University. His research focuses on systems ecology (primarily in wetland, aquatic, and urban ecosystems) and sustainability science. His ecosystems ecology research has recently expanded to include urban wetlands and “ciénega” systems of arid southwestern streams—and in many different freshwater and estuarine systems around the world. Prior to his arrival and starting the WEEL lab at ASU in August 2008, Dan spent nearly 15 years at Florida International University in Miami where he was Director of the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research (FCE LTER) Program. Dan has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, won grants that have totaled over $15 million, and advised more than two dozen Ph.D. and M.S. students.
Dr. Childers participates in the Conceptual Models and Sustainability Indicators working groups.
Dr. Steward Pickett
Steward Pickett is a Distinguished Senior Scientist and plant ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, in Millbrook, New York. He was awarded the PhD by the University of Illinois in 1977. He directs the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Long-Term Ecological Research program. His research focuses on the ecological structure of urban areas and the temporal dynamics of vegetation, which has taken him to the primary forests of western Pennsylvania, the post-agricultural oldfields of New Jersey, and the riparian woodlands and savannas of Kruger National Park, South Africa. He has edited or written books on ecological heterogeneity, humans as components of ecosystems, conservation, the linkage of ecology and urban design, and the philosophy of ecology.
Dr. Pickett, along with Dr. Melissa McHale, leads the Conceptual Models and Resilience Thresholds working group. He also participates in the Interdisciplinary Approaches group.
RCN Steering Committee
Dr. Elmqvist works in Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Systems Ecology
Dr. J. Morgan Grove is a Social Ecologist and Team Leader for the USDA Forest Service's Baltimore Field Station. Grove has worked in Baltimore since 1989 and is a Co-Principal Investigator in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) LTER. Grove leads the social science team for BES, where his research focuses on long term dynamics of property regimes, land management, and watersheds.
Grove was a dual major in Architecture and Studies in the Environment from Yale College (B.A.), a M.F.S. in Community Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Social Ecology from Yale University. In 2001, for his work in Baltimore, Grove was the first social scientist in the U.S. Forest Service to every receive the President’s award for early career scientists.
Dr. Grove leads the Governance Structures working group and serves as a participant in the Sustainability Indicators group. He also heads the committee on Membership and Inclusion.
J. Morgan Grove
Research Scientist and Team Leader
Baltimore Field Station and Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES)
Northern Research Station
USDA Forest Service Suite 350
5523 Research Park Drive
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21228
Laura A. Ogden
Laura A. Ogden is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University. She also leads the social science research program for the Florida Coastal Everglades, Long Term Ecological Research Program. For the past decade, her work has examined the processes and consequences of environmental change in southern Florida, including the politics of Everglades restoration. Currently, she has research projects in Miami, Florida and in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.
Dr. Ogden serves on the RCN committee for Education and Outreach.
Laura A. Ogden
Department of Global & Cultural Studies
Florida International Univeristy
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33199
David Ribes is assistant professor in the Communication, Culture and Technology (CCT) program at Georgetown University. He is a sociologist of science who focuses on the development and maintenance of research infrastructure (i.e., networked information technologies for the support of interdisciplinary science), its relation to long-term changes in the conduct of science, and epistemic transformations to objects of research. David has a degree in sociology, but the field of science and technology studies (STS) is his first affiliation. His methods are ethnographic and archival.
Dr. Ribes participates in the Interdisciplinary Approaches working group and serves on the RCN Advisory Committee.
Kerry Smith is a Regent’s Professor and W. P. Carey Professor of Economics at the W. P Carey School of Business and a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Kerry's general research interests include environmental economics, public economics, and applied econometrics. More specific topics include: economic valuation of environmental amenities and ecosystem services, sorting models and general equilibrium policy analysis, and the modeling of how uncertainty influences individuals’ behavior. Dr. Smith has worked in a number of US cities, including Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, and Raleigh.
Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
Decision Center for a Desert City
Tempe, Arizona, US
Frederick Steiner is the dean of the School of Architecture and Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked with local, state, and federal agencies on diverse environmental plans and designs. As a Fulbright-Hays scholar in 1980, he conducted research on ecological planning at the Wageningen University, The Netherlands. In 1998, he was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Dean Steiner was a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China (2005-2007). He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in city and regional planning and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Master of Community Planning and a B.S. in Design from the University of Cincinnati. Dean Steiner received an honorary M.Phil. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic. Dean Steiner has published numerous articles and books. His most recent books include Urban Ecological Design (with Danilo Palazzo, 2011), Design for a Vulnerable Planet (2011), Planning and Urban Design Standards (Student Edition with Kent Butler, 2007), The Essential Ian McHarg: Writings on Design and Nature (2006), and Human Ecology: Following Nature’s Lead (2002).
School of Architecture
University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Whitmer has experience working in the cities of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. (US).
Dr. Whitmer leads all activities involved with assessment of the RCN.