Daniel W. Schneider

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1990

Room 111 Temple Buell Hall 611 Lorado Taft Drive
Champaign IL 61820

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Phone: 217.244.7681

Dr. Schneider is an ecologist and environmental historian whose research focuses on the interrelations between natural and human systems in planning and management. His research extends from work on the zebra mussel and its effects on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River ecosystems, to the dynamics of the microbial communities of sewage treatment plants to the ecology or urban systems. He has recently completed a book on the history of the biological sewage treatment plant that examines this critical infrastructure from the perspective of the industrial ecosystem. He is currently working on an interdisciplinary project on the ecology and management of bed bugs in U.S. cities. Dr. Schneider has also worked on aquatic ecology and water resources issues in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Spain and Mexico. His teaching covers ecological applications to planning, watershed planning, urban ecology and environmental history. He also has appointments in the Departments of History and Entomology at UIUC.

Ongoing Research Projects

Ecology and Control of Beg Bugs

Biological sewage treatment

Ecology and restoration of floodplain rivers

Science and citizen participation in environmental planning

Environmental history

Ecology and management of invasive species

Wetland ecology

Selected Publications

Schneider, D. 2019. They're back. Municipal responses to the resurgence of bed bug infestations. Journal of the American Planning Association. 85(2).

Honey-Rosés, J.,  N. Brozovic, and D.W. Schneider.  2014.  Changing ecosystem service values following technological change.  Environmental Management.  53(6):1146-1157 .

Schneider, D. 2014. Who invented activated sludge? Environmental Engineer and Scientist 50:8-11

Braden, J, M.C. Jolejole-Foreman, and D.W. Schneider. 2013. Humans and the Water Environment: The Need for Coordinated Data Collection. Water 6:1-16.

Honey-Rosés, J., V. Acuña, M. Bardina, N. Brozovic, R. Marcé, A. Munné, S. Sabater, M. Termes, F. Valero, À. Vega and D.W. Schneider. 2013. Identifying the demand for ecosystem services: the value of stream restoration for drinking water treatment managers in the Llobregat River, Spain.Ecological Economics 90:196-205.

Schneider, D.W. 2012. "Purification or Profit: Milwaukee and the Contradictions of Sludge," in Stephanie Foote and Elizabeth Mazzolini, Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2012).

Schneider, D.W. 2011. "Hybrid Nature: Sewage Treatment and the Contradictions of the Industrial Ecosystem" (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2011) 338 pp.

Schneider, D.W. 2006. "Process control as ecosystem management: Using the history of sewage treatment plants to analyze ecosystem management practices." Ecosystems 9:1156-1169.

Schneider, D.W. 2005. "Environmental history and ecosystem management." Environmental History 10:93-94.

Stoeckel, J.A., D.K. Padilla, D.W. Schneider, and C.R. Rehmann. 2004. "Laboratory culture of Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771) larvae: spawning success, adult fecundity, and larval mortality patterns." Canadian Journal of Zoology 82:1436-1443.

Carr, M.L., C.R. Rehmann, J.A. Stoeckel, D.K. Padilla and D.W. Schneider. 2004. "Measurements and consequences of retention in a side embayment in a tidal river." Journal of Marine Systems 49:41-53.

Stoeckel, J.A., C.R. Rehmann, D.W. Schneider and D. K. Padilla. 2004. "Retention and supply of zebra mussel larvae in a large river system: importance of an upstream lake." Freshwater Biology 49:919.-930.

Schneider, D.W., J.A. Stoeckel, C.R. Rehmann, K. D. Blodgett, R. E. Sparks, D. K. Padilla. 2003. "A developmental bottleneck in dispersing larvae: implications for spatial population dynamics." Ecology Letters 6:352-360.

Rehmann, C.R., J.A. Stoeckel, and D.W. Schneider. 2003. "Effect of turbulence on the mortality of zebra mussel veligers." Canadian Journal of Zoology 81:1063-1069.

Henne, L.J., D.W. Schneider, and L.M. Martinez. 2002. "Rapid Assessment of Organic Pollution in a West-central Mexican River Using a Family-level Biotic Index." Environmental Planning and Management 45:613-632.

Schneider, D.W. 2000. "Local Knowledge, Environmental Politics and the Founding of Ecology in the United States: Stephen Forbes and The Lake as a Microcosm' (1887)." Isis 91: 681-705.

Schneider, D.W. 1999. "Snow-melt ponds in Wisconsin. Influence of hydroperiod on invertebrate community structure." In: D. Batzer, R. Rader and S. Wissinger (eds). Invertebrates in freshwater wetlands of North America: Ecology and management. J. Wiley. In press.

Schneider, D.W., C.D. Ellis and K.S. Cummings. 1998. "A transportation model assessment of the risk to native mussel communities from zebra mussel spread." Conservation Biology 12:788-800.

Stoeckel, J.A., D.W. Schneider, L.A. Soeken, K.D. Blodgett and R.E. Sparks. 1997. "Propagule dynamics of a riverine metapopulation: Implications for zebra mussel recruitment, dispersal and control in a large-river system." Journal of the North American Benthological Society 16:586-601.

Schneider, D.W. 1996. "Effects of European settlement and land use on patterns of similarity of Chesapeake forests." Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 123:223-239.

Schneider, D.W. 1996. "Enclosing the floodplain: Resource conflict on the Illinois River, 1880-1920." Environmental History 1(2):70-96.

Schneider, D.W. and T.M. Frost. 1996. "Habitat duration and community structure in temporary ponds." Journal of the North American Benthological Society 15:64-86.

Teaching and Advising

Courses taught:

UP 205 Ecology and Environmental Sustainability
UP 405 Watershed Ecology and Planning
UP 406 Urban Ecology
UP 456 Sustatinable Planning Workshop


PhD Students

Shruti Syal, Ph.D. in Regional Planning, 2019. Dissertation: A Socio-Ecological Systems perspective on Planning for Informality (the case of Delhi's drain-adjacent slums)

Helen Wood, Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, 2013. Dissertation: "Post-settlement processes and early life history dynamics of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) in the Hudson River estuary."

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