Nancy Grimm

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University
School of Life Sciences
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501
USA
480-965-4735
Email: nbgrimm@asu.edu
Web: http://sols.asu.edu/faculty/ngrimm.php

Biography

Dr. Grimm studies how human-environment interactions and climate variability and change influence biogeochemical processes in both riverine and urban ecosystems, collaborating with hydrologists, engineers, geologists, chemists, sociologists, geographers, and anthropologists. Grimm investigates diverse topics, mostly focused on nitrogen cycling and retention in the context of landscape heterogeneity, including: 1) nitrate transport and retention in urban, agricultural, and natural streams; 2) biogeochemistry and hot spots of N transformation in urban landscapes; 3) effects of urban atmospheric deposition on ecosystem processes in deserts; 4) impacts of long-term climate variability and change on desert stream structure and function (nutrient retention, metabolism, and plant and invertebrate communities). She is a past president of the Ecological Society of America and the North American Benthological Society and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Grimm was a contributing author of the recently released synthesis report, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States. In that vein, she hopes to contribute to strategies for cities to both mitigate and adapt to environmental changes that are here today and increasing in severity.

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Expertise

biogeochemical processes; desertification; ecosystem disturbances; ecosystem ecology; ecosystem restoration; ecosystem services; land use change; riparian ecology; socioecology; terrestrial ecology; urban development; urban ecology; air quality; climate change impacts; future and systems thinking; climate change adaptation; urbanization; landscape studies; modeling and simulation; urban infrastructure; urban social-ecological systems; urbanization effects on weather and climate; water distribution systems; water resource management; watershed hydrology

Education

    Ph.D., Zoology, Arizona State University - Tempe, 1985

    M.S., Zoology, Arizona State University - Tempe, 1980

    B.A., Natural Science, Hampshire College, 1978

Journal Articles

2013

Ye, L. and N. B. Grimm. 2013. Modelling potential impacts of climate change on water and nitrate export from a mid-sized, semiarid watershed in the US Southwest. Climatic Change 120(1-2):419-431. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-013-0827-z.

Zhang, C., J. G. Wu, N. B. Grimm, M. McHale and A. Buyantuyev. 2013. A hierarchical patch mosaic ecosystem model for urban landscapes: Model development and evaluation. Ecological Modelling 250:81-100. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2012.09.020. (link)

2012

Boone, C. G., E. M. Cook, S. J. Hall, M. L. Nation, N. B. Grimm, C. B. Raish, D. M. Finch and A. M. York. 2012. A comparative gradient approach as a tool to understanding and managing urban ecosystems. Urban Ecosystems 15(4):795-807. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-012-0240-9. (link)

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Books

1985

Fisher, S. G. and N. B. Grimm. 1985. Hydrologic and material budgets for a small Sonoran Desert watershed during three consecutive cloudburst floods.

Book Chapters

In Press

Hale, R. L., E. M. Cook, D. Iwaniec and N. B. Grimm. Urbanization and the altered biogeochemical cycle. In: Bai, X., T. E. Graedel and A. Morishima eds., Cities in Evolution: Urbanization, Environmental Change and Sustainability. Cambridge University Press.

2013

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, C. G. Boone, D. L. Childers, S. L. Harlan and B. L. Turner II. 2013. Viewing the urban socioecological system through a sustainability lens: Lessons and prospects from the Central Arizona–Phoenix LTER Program. Pp. 217-246 In: Singh, S. J., H. Haberl, M. Chertow and M. Mirtl eds., Long Term Socio-Ecological Research. Springer.

Larson, E., S. R. Earl, E. Hagen, R. Hale, H. Hartnett, M. L. McCrackin, M. McHale and N. B. Grimm. 2013. Beyond restoration and into design: Hydrologic alterations in aridland cities. Pp. 183-210 In: Pickett, S. T., M. L. Cadenasso, B. McGrath and K. Hill eds., Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design: Linking Theory and Practice for Sustainable Cities. Vol 3. Springer.

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Posters

2014

Palta, M. M. and N. B. Grimm. 2014. "Accidental" urban wetland networks along the Salt River in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Pollard, L., M. Sampson, M. Palta, M. Bernstein, T. Combs, X. Dong, S. R. Earl, N. B. Grimm, R. Hale, A. Handler, C. Kochert, J. McGehee, E. Holland, M. Ribot, D. Shorts, A. Suchy and E. Worth. 2014. Greenhouse gas emissions in an urban environment. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Shorts, D., R. L. Hale, S. Earl and N. B. Grimm. 2014. Hydrological and geochemical correlations with potential denitrification rates in an arid, urban wash. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

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Presentations

2012

Childers, D. L., N. B. Grimm and B. L. Ruddell. 2012. Sustainability water demands to urban ecosystems in the southwestern United States. Symposium organizers, 9 August 2012, 97th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR.

2011

Childers, D. L., L. J. Turnbull, S. R. Earl and N. B. Grimm. 2011. Multi-scalar effects of urban stormwater infrastructure in a semi-arid urban catchment: Hydrologic responses. Presentation at the 2011 Meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, San Juan, PR.

Childers, D. L., S. R. Earl, N. B. Grimm, B. L. Ruddell, L. J. Turnbull and E. R. Vivoni. 2011. The dynamics of water in arid cities, Part I: Overview of the Central Arizona-Phoenix (CAP) LTER research at the water-climate nexus. Presentation at th 7-12 August 2011 96th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX.

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Conference Papers

1994

Holmes, R. M., S. G. Fisher and N. B. Grimm. 1994. Nitrogen dynamics along parafluvial flowpaths: importance to the stream ecosystem. Pp. 47-56 In: Stanford, J. A. and H. M. Valett eds., Proceeding of the Second International Conference on Groundwater Ecology.. Second International Conference on Groundwater Ecology.. Bethesda, Maryland.

Jones, J. B., R. M. Holmes, S. G. Fisher and N. B. Grimm. 1994. Chemoautotrophic production and respiration in the hyporheic zone of a Sonoran Desert stream.. Pp. 329-338 In: Stanford, J. A. and H. M. Vallett eds., Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Groundwater Ecology. Second International Conference on Groundwater Ecology. Bethesda, Maryland.

1992

Valett, H. M., S. G. Fisher, N. B. Grimm, E. H. Stanley and A. J. Boulton. 1992. Hyporheic-surface water exchange: Implications for ecosystem structure and function.. Pp. 395-405 In: Stanford, J. A. and J. J. Simons eds., Proceedings of the First International Conference on Groundwater Ecology. First International Conference on Groundwater Ecology. Bethesda, MD.

Reports

2009

Larson, K. L., E. Cook, M. Grove, C. Polsky, R. R. Chowdhury, P. Ogden, N. B. Grimm, P. M. Groffman, J. Harrington and J. Zimmerman. 2009. Investigating the social-ecological dynamics of residential landscapes: Insights from a multi-site collaborative workshop. Final report from LTER Workshop, February 18-19, 2009, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University.

2006

Grimm, N. B. 2006. Ecology 2020. A message from the President. Annual Report, Ecological Society of America.

2001

Grimm, N. B. and C. L. Redman. 2001. CAP LTER 1997-2000: Land-use change and ecological processes in an arid urban ecosystem in the Sonoran Desert. Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Report for NSF Site Visit Team. (link)

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