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2018 Publications/Presentations

Worland, Scott. C., Steinschneider, S. and Hornberger, G.M. (2018), Drivers of variability in Public-Supply Water Use Across the Contiguous United States.  Water Resour. Res..Accepted Author Manuscript.  doi:10.1022/2017WR021268


2017 Publications/Presentations

Rivera, A., T. Gunda, and G.M. Hornberger (2017) Minimizing Irrigation Water Demand: An Evaluation of Shifting Planting Dates in Sri Lanka, Ambio, DOI:  10.1007/s13280-017-0993-8

Michael P. Vandenbergh & Benjamin Raker, Private Environmental Governance and the New Private Advocacy, 32 NAT’L RES. & ENVT. 45-49

Michael P. Vandenbergh, “Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change,” Panel: Environmental Law Without Congress: Are Alternatives to Legislation Eclipsing the Congressional Role?, Federalist Society 2017 National Lawyers Convention, Washington, DC (November 2017)

Hess, David J., and Brandi Collins. 2018. Climate change and higher education: Assessing factors that affect curriculum requirements. Journal of Cleaner Production 170(1): 1451-1458. Abstract:
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Rossi, Jim. "Reconstituting the Federalism Battle in Energy Transportation," 41 Harvard Environmental Law Review 423-92 (2017) (with Alexandras Klass) - 

Rossi, Jim. "Stranded Costs and Grid Decarbonization," 82 Brooklyn Law Review 645-91 (2017) (with Emily Hammond) - 

Rossi, Jim. "The Brave New Path of Energy Federalism," 95 Texas Law Review 399-466 (2016) -

Michael P. Vandenbergh & Paul C. Stern, The Role of Individual and Household Behavior in Decarbonization, 47 ENVTL. L. REP. 10971-10962 (2017) (excerpted from Michael P. Vandenbergh & Paul C. Stern, Individual and Household Behavior in LEGAL PATHWAYS TO DEEP DECARBONIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES (John Dernbach and Michael Gerrard, eds.)

“Keynote Address: Motivating Private Governance: The Role of the Efficiency Gap,” 2017-2018 Arkansas Law Review Symposium: Environmental Sustainability and Private Governance, University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, AR (October 2017) 

“Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change,” Renewable Energy: Markets, Behavior and Law Panel, Environmental Law Workshop: Taking Stock/Moving Forward, University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, VA (October 2017)

Maki, A., Vitriol, J., Dwyer, P. C., Kim, J. S., & Snyder, M. (2017). The Helping Orientations Inventory: Measuring propensities to provide autonomy and dependency help. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 677-693. 

Xu, X., Maki, A., Chen, C., Dong, B., & Day, J. A. (2017). Investigating willingness to save energy and communication about energy use in the American workplace with the attitude-behavior-context model. Energy Research & Social Science, 32, 13-22.

David Hess and Ethan Gibbons. 2017    “Producing Undone Science: Suppression, Industry, and Mobilized Publics,” Society for Social Studies of Science. August.  Examined patterns of suppression for 50 environmental scientists.

Nelson, K. S. & Burchfield, E.K. (2017). Effects of the Structure of Water Rights on Agricultural Production During Drought: A Spatiotemporal Analysis of California’s Central Valley. Water Resources Research. (Accepted article version available online at:

Marcus, Michelle. "On the road to recovery: Gasoline content regulations and child health." Journal of Health Economics 54 (2017): 98-123.

Raimi, K.T. (2017). Energy saving behaviour: Negative spillover to policy. Nature Climate Change, 7, 473-474.doi: 10.1038/nclimate3317

Yoeli, E., Budescu, D.V., Carrico, A.R., Delmas, M.A., DeShazo, J.R., Ferraro, P.J., et al., (2017). Behavioral science tools for energy and environmental policy. Behavioral Science and Policy Association. 

Williams, N., Carrico, A.R. (2017). Examining adaptations to water stress among farming households in Sri Lanka's Dry Zone. Ambio.

Xu, X., Maki, A., Chen, C., Dong, B., & Stuart, J. A. (in press). Investigating willingness to save energy and communication about energy use in the American workplace with the attitude-behavior-context model. Energy Research & Social Science. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2017.02.011

Ruhl, J.B, D.M. Katz, M.J. Bommarito II. 2017. Harnessing legal complexity. Science 355(6332):1377. 

Ruhl, JB. 2017. Seeing past the zero-sum game in environmental policy—Harder than it looks. Environmental Law Reporter 47:10330.

David J. Hess, Quan D. Mai, Rachel Skaggs, and Magdalena Sudibjo. Local Matters: Political Opportunities, Spatial Scale, and Support for Green Jobs Policies. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions.

Hess, David J., Christopher A. Wold, Scott C. Worland, and George M. Hornberger, 2017. Measuring Urban Water Conservation Policies: Toward a Comprehensive Index. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 00(0):1-14. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12506

Raimi KT, Stern PC, & Maki A (2017) The Promise and Limitations of Using Analogies to Improve Decision-Relevant Understanding of Climate Change. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0171130. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0171130

2016 Publications/Presentations

Perrone, D and GM Hornberger. Frontiers of the food-energy-water trilemma: Sri Lanka as a microcosm of tradeoffs. Environmental Research Letters 11: 14005-14014.  

The following paper is now available online:  Hess, David J. 2016. “The Politics of Niche-Regime Conflicts: Distributed Solar Energy in the United States.” Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. In press.

Presentation by Mike Vandenbergh: “Beyond Gridlock: Closing the Paris Gap,” Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society Conference, Center for Ethics and Human Values, Ohio State University (January 2016)  

Presentation by David A, Padgett (Tenn State): "Urban Heat Island Investigations, Geospatial Technology Applications, and Service Learning Outreach," American Meteorological Society 96th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 10-14, 2016 

Grant Proposal/Letter of Interest by David A. Padgett: “Real-Time Studies in Global Urban Climate Vulnerability: Gateway to Emerging Careers in Global Systems Problem Solving.”  Career Pathways Initiative, United Negro College Fund ($150,000.00), Washington, DC, Submitted January 19, 2016

Brown, Kate Pride. (Under Review at Sustainability) "In the Pocket: Regulatory Commissions, Industry Capture and Campaign Spending." 

Brown, Kate Pride. (Conditional Accept at Social Movement Studies) "The Prospectus of Activism: Discerning and Delimiting Imagined Possibility." 

Gunda, T. and G.M. Hornberger. 2016. "Could we have forecasted the 2014 drought in Sri Lanka?" Oral presentation. ASCE-EWRI’s Eighth International Perspective on Water Resources and the Environment (IPWE) conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka, January 2016.

2015 Publications

Worland, S., Hornberger, G.M. and S. Goodbred. 2015. Evolution of Saline Groundwater in Southwest Bangladesh, Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016262.

Hess, David J. 2015. “Undone Science, Industrial Innovation, and Social Movements.” In Matthias Gross and Linsey McGoey (ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies. Routledge.

Hess, David J. 2015. “Public as Threats? Integrating Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Social Movement Studies (SMS).” Science as Culture 24(1): 69-82.

Hornberger, G.M., Hess, D.J., and J. Gilligan 2015. Water Conservation and Hydrological Transitions in Cities. Water Resources Research. In press. (

Perrone, D., G. Hornberger, M. Van der Velde, and O. Van Vliet. 2015. U.S. Water Resource Use: Past, Present, and Projected. Journal Am. Water Resour. Assn. DOI:10.1111/1752-1688.12301.

David Hess, Jonathan Coley, Quan Mai, and Lucas Hilliard.2015.  Party differences and energy reform: fiscal conservatism in the California legislature. Environmental Politics 24(2): 228-248.

Michael P. Vandenbergh & Kaitlin T. Raimi, Climate Change: Leveraging Legacy, 42 ECOLOGY L.Q. 139 (2015)

Amanda R Carrico, Michael P Vandenbergh, Paul C. Stern & Thomas Dietz, US Climate Policy Needs Behavioural Science, 5 NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE 177-179 (2015) 

Amanda R Carrico, Heather Barnes Truelove, Michael P Vandenbergh & David Dana, Does Learning about Climate Change Adaptation Change Support for Mitigation?, 41 J. ENVTL. PSYCHOLOGY 19-29 (2015) 

Sharon Shewmake, Mark A. Cohen, Paul C. Stern & Michael P. Vandenbergh, Carbon Triage: A Strategy for Developing a Viable Carbon Labeling System, in HANDBOOK ON RESEARCH IN SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION (Lucia Reisch & John Thøgersen eds., 2015)

Michael P. Vandenbergh & Jonathan R. Gilligan, Beyond Gridlock: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change, 40 COLUM. ENVTL. L.J.

Michael P. Vandenbergh & Jonathan M. Gilligan, Beyond Gridlock, Working Paper available at

2014 Publications

Flewelling S.A., Hornberger, G.M., Herman, J.S., Mills, A. L. and W.M. Robertson. 2014. Evapotranspiration Causes Diel Patterns in Stream Nitrate Concentrations. Hydrol Proc.28 : 2150-2158.

Hess, David J.  2014.“When Green Became Blue: Epistemic Rift and the Corralling of Climate Science.” Political Power and Social Theory 27: 123-153.

Hess, David J.  2014 “Sustainability Transitions: A Political Coalition Perspective.” Research Policy 43(2): 278-283.

Hornberger, G.M., Wiberg, P.L., Raffensperger, J.P., and P. D’Odorico. 2014. Elements of Physical Hydrology, 2nd Edition . Johns Hopkins Press.

Mei Y, Hornberger GM, Kaplan LA, Newbold JD, and AK Aufdenkampe 2014. The Delivery of Dissolved Organic Carbon from a Forested Riparian Hillslope to a Headwater Stream. Water Resources Research.

Murphy,JC, Hornberger GM and RG Liddle 2014. Concentration–discharge relationships in the coalmined region of the New River basin and Indian Fork sub-basin, Tennessee, USA. Hydrol. Process . 28 : 718-728.

Nay, JJ, M Abkowitz, E Chu, D Gallagher & H Wright 2014. A review of decision-support models for adaptation to climate change in the context of development.  Climate and Development, DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2014.912196

Perrone D and GM Hornberger 2014. Water, Food, Energy: Scrambling for Resources or Solutions? WIRES-Water 1 : 49-68.

Toner, K., Gan, M., & Leary, M. R. 2014. The impact of individual and group feedback on environmental attitudes and intentions. Environment and Behavior, 46:24-45. doi:10.1177/0013916512451902

Vandenbergh, M.P. 2014. The Implications of Private Environmental Governance, Cornell Law Review 99: 117 -138

2013 Publications

Ayers, J. C., S. Crombie, M. Loflin, C. F. Miller, and Y. Luo (2013). "Monazite alteration in the Searchlight contact metamorphic aureole, Southern Nevada." American Journal of Science, 313(4): 345-394.

Barkenbus, J. (2013). “Indoor thermal comfort: The behavioral component." Sustainability, 5(4), 1680-1699. doi: 10.3390/su5041680.

Camp, J., M. Abkowitz, G. Hornberger, L. Benneyworth, and J. C. Banks (2013). "Climate change and freight transportation infrastructure: Current challenges for adaptation."Journal of Infrastructure Systems. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000151, Forthcoming.

Carrico, A. R., J. Fraser, and J. T. Bazuin, (2013). "Green with envy: Psychological and social predictors of lawn fertilizer application." Environment and Behavior, 45(4): 427-454.

Carrico, A. R., M. Spoden, K. A. Wallston, and M. P. Vandenbergh (2013). "The environmental cost of misinformation: Why the recommendation to use elevated temperatures for handwashing is problematic." International Journal of Consumer Studies. doi: 10.1111/ijcs.12012, Forthcoming.

Flewelling, S. A., G. M. Hornberger, J. S. Herman, A. L. Mills, and W. M. Robertson (2013). "Diel patterns in coastal-stream nitrate concentrations linked to evapotranspiration in the riparian zone of a low-relief, agricultural catchment." Hydrological Processes. doi: 10.1002/hyp.9763, Forthcoming.

Fraser, J. C., J. T. Bazuin, L. E. Band, and J. M. Grove (2013). "Covenants, cohesion, and community: The effects of neighborhood governance on lawn fertilization." Landscape and Urban Planning, 115: 30-38.

Furbish, D. J., and M. W. Schmeeckle (2013). "A probabilistic derivation of the exponential-like distribution of bed-load particle velocities." Water Resources Research, 49(3): 1537-1551.

Furbish, D. J., and J. J. Roering (2013). "Sediment disentrainment and the concept of local versus nonlocal transport on hillslopes." Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface. doi: 10.1002/jgrf.20071, Forthcoming.

Hess, D. J. (2013). "Sustainable Consumption, Energy, and Failed Transitions: The Problem of Adaptation." In M. J. Cohen, H. S. Brown, and P. J. Vergragt (eds.), Innovations in Sustainable Consumption: New Economics, Socio-Technical Transitions, and Social Practices, Edward Elgar Publishing: Northampton.

Hess, D. J. (2013). "Industrial fields and countervailing power: The transformation of distributed solar energy in the United States." Global Environmental Change. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.01.00, Forthcoming.

Hess, D. J., and J. S. Coley (2013). "Wireless smart meters and public acceptance: The environment, limited choices, and precautionary politics." Public Understanding of Science. doi: 10.1177/0963662512464936, Forthcoming.

Hess, D. J. (2013). "Transitions in energy systems: The mitigation-adaptation relationship." Science as Culture, 22(2): 197-203.

Jacobi, J., D. Perrone, L. Lyons Duncan, and G. Hornberger (2013). "A tool for calculating the Palmer Drought Indices." Water Resources Research, 49(9): 6086-6089.

Peters, T. J., J. C. Ayers, S. Gao, and X.-M. Liu (2013). "The response of zircon in eclogite to metamorphism during the multi-stage evolution of the Huwan Shear Zone, China: Insights from Lu-Hf-U-Pb isotopic and trace-element geochemistry." Gondwana Research, 23(2): 726–747.

Ruhl, J. B., and J. Salzman (2013). "Climate change meets the law of the horse." Duke Law Review, 62(5): 975-1027.

Tsang, Y.-P., G. Hornberger, L. A. Kaplan, J. D. Newbold, and A. K. Aufdenkampe (2013). "A variable source area for groundwater evapotranspiration: Impacts on modeling stream flow." Hydrological Processes. doi: 10.1002/hyp.9811, Forthcoming.

2012 Publications

Ayers, J. C., L. Zhang, Y. Luo, and T. J. Peters (2012). "Zircon solubility in alkaline aqueous fluids at upper crustal conditions." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 96: 18-28.

Barkenbus, J. (2012). "Home energy labels: An 'mpg' rating for your home." Solutions, 3(4).

Cohen, M. A., and M. P. Vandenbergh (2012). "The potential role of carbon labeling in a green economy." Energy Economics, 34(S1): S53-S63.

Cohen, M. A., and W. K. Viscusi (2012). “The role of information disclosure in climate mitigation policy.” Climate Change Economics, 3(4), doi: 10.1142/S2010007812500200.

Coley, J. S., and D. J. Hess (2012). "Green energy laws and Republican legislators in the United States." Energy Policy, 48: 576-583.

Crane II, J. W. A., and G. Hornberger (2012). "Gases and grasses: Sampling nitrous oxide emissions from urban and suburban lawns." In E. D. Loucks (ed.), World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2012: Crossing Boundaries, American Society of Civil Engineers.

Hess, D. J. (2012). Good Green Jobs in a Global Economy: Making and Keeping New Industries in the United States. MIT Press: Cambridge.

Furbish, D. J., A. E. Ball, and M. W. Schmeeckle (2012). "A probabilistic description of the bed load sediment flux: 4. Fickian diffusion at low transport rates." Journal of Geophysical Research -- Earth Surface, 117: 1-13, doi: 10.1029/2012JF002356.

Furbish, D. J., P. K. Haff, J. C. Roseberry, and M. W. Schmeeckle (2012). "A probabilistic description of the bed load sediment flux: 1. Theory." Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 117: 1-21, doi: 10.1029/2012JF002352.

Furbish, D. J., J. C. Roseberry, and M. W. Schmeeckle (2012). "A probabilistic description of the bed load sediment flux: 3. The particle velocity distribution and the diffusive flux." Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 117: 1-15, doi: 1029:/2012JF002355.

Jacobsen, G. D., M. J. Kotchen, and M. P. Vandenbergh (2012). "The behavioral response to voluntary provision of an environmental public good: Evidence from residential electricity demand." European Economic Review, 56(5): 946-960.

Mei Y., G. M. Hornberger, L. A. Kaplan, J. D. Newbold, and A. Aufdenkampe (2012). "Estimation of dissolved organic carbon contribution from riparian zone to a headwater stream." Water Resources Research, 48(9), W09514.

Murphy, J. C., G. M. Hornberger, and R. G. Liddle (2012). "Concentration-discharge relationships in the coal mined region of the New River basin and Indian Fork sub-basin, Tennessee, USA.” Hydrological Processes, Forthcoming.

Roseberry, J. C., M. W. Schmeeckle, and D. J. Furbish (2012). "A probabilistic description of the bed load sediment flux: 2. Particle activity and motions." Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 117: 1-21, doi: 10.1029/2012JF002353.

Ruhl, J. B. (2012). "Panarchy and the Law." Ecology and Society, 17(3), 31.

Ruhl, J. B. (2012). "The political economy of climate change winners." Minnesota Law Review, 97(1): 206-277.

Ruhl, J. B. (2012). "Harmonizing wind power and the Endangered Species Act through administrative reform." Vanderbilt Law Review, 65(6): 1769-1799.

Shewmake, S. (2012). "Can carpooling clear the road and clean the air? Evidence from the literature on the impact of HOV lanes on VMT and air pollution." Journal of Planning Literature, 27(4): 363-374.

Thabrew, L., R. Ries, and G. M. Hornberger (2012). "Transdisciplinary framework for trans-boundary watershed management," Chapter 13, pp 271-290. In C. N. Madu and C. Kuei (eds.), Handbook of Sustainable Management, Imperial College Press: London.

Truelove, H. B., and C. D. Parks (2012). "Perceptions of behaviors that cause and mitigate global warming and intention to perform these behaviors." Journal of Environmental Psychology, 32(3): 246-259.

2011 Publications

Carrico, A. R., and M. Riemer (2011). "Motivating energy conservation in the workplace: An evaluation of the use of group-level feedback and peer education." Journal of Environmental Psychology 31(1): 1-13.

Carrico, A. R., M. P. Vandenbergh, P. C. Stern, G. T. Gardner, T. Dietz, and J. M. Gilligan (2011). "Energy and climate change: Key lessons for implementing the behavioral wedge." Journal of Energy and Environmental Law, Winter: 61–67.

Cohen, M. A., M. Gottlieb, J. Linn, and N. Richardson. (2011). “Deepwater drilling: Law, policy, and economics of firm organization and safety.” Vanderbilt University Law Review 64: 1853-1916.  

Ewing, A., L. Thabrew, D. Perrone, A. Abkowitz, and G.M. Hornberger (2011). "Insights on the use of hybrid life cycle assessment for environmental footprinting: A case study of an inland marine freight transportation company." Journal of Industrial Ecology 15(6): 937–950.

Flewelling S. A., J. S. Herman, G. M. Hornberger, and A. L. Mills. (2011). "Travel time controls the magnitude of nitrate discharge in groundwater bypassing the riparian zone to an agriculture stream on Virginia’s coastal plain. Hydrological Processes 26: 1242–1253, doi: 10.1002/hyp.8219.

Fraser, J., and J. Defilippis (2011). "HOPE VI: CALLING FOR MODESTY IN ITS CLAIMS," in Mixed communities: Gentrification by stealth? G. Bridge, T. Butler, and L. Lees (eds.). The Policy Press: London.

Hess, D. J. (2011). "Electricity transformed: Neoliberalism and local energy in the United States." Antipode 43(4): 1056-1077.

Hess, D. J., and A. Lamprou (2011). "Nanotechnology and the Environment," in Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability. D. Maclurcan and N. Radywyl (eds.). CRC Press.

Owens, D. A. (2011). Creative People Must be Stopped: Six Ways We Stop Innovation (Without Even Trying). Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.

Perrone, D., J. Murphy, and G. Hornberger. (2011). "Gaining perspective on the water-energy nexus at the community scale." Environmental Science & Technology 45(10): 4228-4234.

Richardson, N., M. K. Macauley, M. A. Cohen, R. Anderson, and A. Stern (2011). “Organizational design for spill containment in deepwater drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico: Assessment of the Marine Well Containment Corporation (MWCC).” Risks, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 2(2), Article 1.

Ruhl, J. B. (2011). "General design principles for resilience and adaptive capacity in legal systems - with Applications to Climate Change Adaptation." North Carolina Law Review 89(5): 1373-1403.

Ruhl, J. B., and J. E. Salzman (2011). "Gaming the past: The theory and practice of historic baselines in the administrative state." Vanderbilt Law Review 64(1): 1-57.

Truelove, H. B. and M. Greenberg (2011). "Preferences for government investment in energy programs: Support for new energy production vs. energy conservation." Environmental Practice 13(3): 184-197.

Vandenbergh, M. P., A. R. Carrico, and L. S. Bressman (2011). "Regulation in the behavioral era." Minnesota Law Review 95(3): 715-781.

Vandenbergh, M. P., T. Dietz, and P. C. Stern (2011). "Time to try carbon labelling." Nature Climate Change 1: 4-6.

Vandenbergh, M., and J. Gilligan (2011). "Macro risks: The challenge for rational risk regulation." Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum 22(2): 401-431.

Vandenbergh, M. P., P. C. Stern, G. T. Gardner, T. Dietz, and J. M. Gilligan (2011). "Implementing the behavioral wedge." Environmental Forum 28(4): 54-63.

Weninger, C., and J. Fraser (2011). "Hybrid Forms of Civic Participation in Neighborhood Redevelopment." In J. P. Rothe, L. J. Carroll and D. Ozegovic (eds.), Deliberations in Community Development: Balancing on the Edge, Nova Science Publishers: New York.