Benjamin Ruddell

Benjamin RuddellAffiliated Faculty, Associate Professor, School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems

September 15, 2017
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Ecohydrology, Information Theory, Land-Atmosphere CWEN exchange, Urban and CNH Ecology, Microclimatology
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Dr. Ruddell’s research interests fall broadly in the area of the quantification and management of complex coupled natural-human systems, including regional water and climate systems and ecosystems that are strongly influenced by the human economy and society- such as in cities, energy, and agriculture. He is a specialist in coupled natural-human ecosystems, in network and information theory methods, and in environmental informatics.

Director of the FEWSION project. FEWSION is seeking applicants to several GRA and Postdoctoral openings.

Complex Systems Informatics Laboratory


Full Curriculum Vitae 
Selected Publications

Ryan A. McManamay, Sujithkumar Surendran Nair, Christopher R. DeRolph, Benjamin L. Ruddell, April M. Morton, Robert N. Stewart, Matthew J. Troia, Liem Tran, Hyun Kim, and Budhendra L. Bhaduri, US cities can manage national hydrology and biodiversity using local infrastructure policy, PNAS 2017 ; published ahead of print August 21, 2017, doi:10.1073/pnas.1706201114.

Ahams, I.C., Paterson, W., Garcia, S., Rushforth, R., Ruddell, B.L., and Mejia, A. (2017), Water Footprint of 65 Mid- to Large-Sized U.S. Cities and Their Metropolitan Areas, J Am Water Resour Assoc, 1752-1688,

Scanlon, B. R., Ruddell, B. L., Reed, P. M., Hook, R. I., Zheng, C., Tidwell, V. C. and Siebert, S. (2017), The food-energy-water nexus: Transforming science for society. Water Resour. Res.. doi:10.1002/2017WR020889

Gerken, T., B.L. Ruddell, J.D. Fuentes, A. Araujo, N.A. Brunsell, J. Maia, A. Manzi, J. Mercer, R.N. dos Santos, C. von Randow, P.C. Stoy (2017), Investigating the mechanisms responsible for the lack of surface energy balance closure in a central Amazonian tropical rainforest,

Kang, M., B.L. Ruddell, C. Cho, J. Chun, and J. Kim (2017), Identifying CO2 advection on a hill slope using information flow, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, v.232, pp.265-278,

Groffman, P.M., M.L. Cadenasso, J. Cavender-Bares, D.L. Childers, N.B. Grimm, J.M. Grove, S.E. Hobbie, L.R. Hutyra, G.D. Jenerette, T. McPhearson, D.E. Pataki, S.T.A. Pickett, R.V. Pouyat, E. Rosi-Marshall, and B.L. Ruddell (2016), Moving Towards a New Urban Systems Science, Ecosystems, DOI: 10.1007/s10021-016-0053-4.

Rushforth, R. R., and B. L. Ruddell (2016), The vulnerability and resilience of a city’s water footprint: The case of Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, Water Resour. Res., 52, 2698–2714. doi:10.1002/2015WR018006

Sturtevant, C., B.L. Ruddell, S.H. Knox, J. Verfaillie, J.J. Matthes, P.Y. Oikawa, and D. Baldocchi (2016), Identifying scale-emergent, non-linear, asynchronous processes of wetland methane exchange, Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, doi://10.1002/2015JG003054.

Ruddell, B.L., R. Yu, and D. Childers (2015), Seasonally varied controls of climate and phenophase on terrestrial carbon dynamics: Modeling eco-climate system state using Dynamical Process Networks, Landscape Ecology, pp.1-16, doi:10.1007/s10980-015-0253-x.

Hall, S.J., J. Learned, B.L. Ruddell, K. L. Larson, J. Cavender-Bares, N. Bettez, P.M. Groffman, J. M. Grove, J.B. Heffernan, S.E. Hobbie, J.L. Morse, C. Neill, K.C. Nelson, J P.M. O’Neil-Dunne, L. Ogden, D.E. Pataki, W.D. Pearse, C. Polsky, R.R. Chowdhury, M.K. Steele, and T.L.E. Trammell (2015), Convergence of microclimate in residential landscapes across diverse cities in the US, Landscape Ecology, doi:10.1007/s10980-015-0297-y.