“To understand, write.”

Publications

I love learning and communicating, which may explain why I have always been a writer. In addition to scientific, peer-reviewed journal articles, I am a regular contributor to the collective blog on The Nature of Cities and am happy to contribute as requested.

Non-refereed contributions

Thuring, CE. (2019). ‘Crows of Vancouver: The Middle Way Between Biophobia and Biophila’ Essay for The Nature of Cities. (March, 2019)

Thuring, CE. (2018). ‘The Sheffield Street Tree Massacre: Notes from a Public-Private Partnership Gone Wrong’. Essay for The Nature of Cities. (29 March, 2018) 

Thuring, CE. (2017). ‘Trees are more than just trees: the good, the bad, and the ugly’. Essay for The Nature of Cities. (28 May, 2017).

Thuring, CE. (2017). ‘Yin and Yang: Urban Ecology and Landscape Architecture’. One of 26 Writers on Global Roundtable question: “You say po-TAY-to. What ecologists and landscape architects don’t get about each other, but ought to.” The Nature of Cities. (24 Jan, 2018) 

Thuring, CE. (2016). ‘Designing ecologically sensitive green infrastructure that serves people and nature’. Essay for The Nature of Cities. (28 Sept. 2016). 
Re-printed in Biotope City Journal (26 Oct. 2016).

Brenneisen, S. und Thuring, CE. (2008). ‘Ökologischer Ausgleich auf dem Dach: Das Dach als Lebensraum’. NATUR & Land (Naturschutzbund Österreich) 5 (6): 16-19. (Translation: ‘Ecological Compensation: Roof as Habitat’. Nature and Land, a publication of the Nature Conservation Association of Austria).

Thuring, CE. (2007). ‘Wet roofs for enhanced green roof performance’. Green Roof Infrastructure Monitor. 9 (2): 6-9. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Toronto.

Thuring, CE. (2007). ‘Living roofs for the Pacific Northwest’. Menziesia. 12 (2). Native Plant Society of B.C.

Refereed contributions

Thuring, CE and Dunnett, N. (2019). ‘Persistence, loss and gain: Characterising mature green roof vegetation by functional composition’. Landscape and Urban Planning. 185:228-236.

Thuring, CE and Grant, G. (2015). The biodiversity of temperate extensive green roofs – a review of research and practice. The Israel Journal of Evolution and Ecology. 62 (1), 44-57.

Thuring, CE and Dunnett, N. (2014). Vegetation composition of old extensive green roofs (from 1980s Germany). Ecological Processes 3 (4). doi: 10.1186.

Thuring CE, Berghage, RD, Beattie, DJ. (2010). Green roof plant responses to different substrate types and depths under various drought conditions. HortTechnology 20 (2), 395-401.

Berghage, RD, Beattie, DJ, Jarrett, AR, Thuring, CE, Razaei, F, O’Connor, TP. (2009). Green Roofs for stormwater runoff control. US EPA Office of Research and Development, National Risk Management Research Laboratory.

Forthcoming (as of February 2020)

Monograph. (submitted for publication). Thuring, CE. ‘Nature as model: classifying mature extensive green roof vegetation with EIVs’. Green infrastructures and vegetation science, Future City series. Konijnendijk, CC. (series editor) Springer 2020.

Thuring, CE and Dunnett, N. (in process). ‘Grounded perspective: characterising extensive green roof substrates twenty years after installation.’

Other refereed contributions

Thuring, CE. (2014). “Extensive green roof substrates more than 20 years since installation: description and consideration of ecological processes”. Natureparif congress: Society for Urban Ecology, Paris (June 4-6, 2014)

Thuring, CE. (2012). “Ecological dynamics of extensive green roofs over time”. 3rd World Green Roof Congress, Copenhagen (Sept. 18-21, 2012).

Thuring, CE. (2011). “Green roof plant communities: syntaxonomy of old green roofs”. 1st National Green Roof Student Conference, Sheffield (May 16-17, 2011).

Thuring, CE. (2010). “Calcareous grassland as a model for diverse green roof vegetation: establishment and dynamics”. 2nd World Green Roof Congress, London (Sept. 15-17, 2010).

Thuring, CE and Nagase, A. (2006). “Plant responses to drought on extensive green roofs: the effects of temperature, substrate type and substrate depth”. 4th Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities conference, Boston (May 11, 2006).

Journal editor

2019 – Guest-Editor, “Buildings

Speaking engagements

2019

Ecocity World Summit, Vancouver. (Oct. 7-11, 2019). Academic presenter, “Green roofs meet the International Ecocity Standards”.

Portland Ecoroof Symposium, Portland OR (12-14 Sept., 2019). Presenter, “Designing green roofs for biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest”.

Global News 980 CKNW (April 2019), Interview for “Future of Work 2019”.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University “Branching Out Horticulture Career Expo”, Langley BC (Feb 5, 2019). Invited industry panellist.

Evolution Radio 107.9 (Jan. 2019), Interview, “On The Record”. 

2018

Vancouver Green Roof Symposium, Vancouver BC (5 Dec., 2018). Presenter, “Extensive green roof performance in the Pacific Northwest”.

BC Homebuilders Association. The Trev Deeley, Vancouver BC (29 Nov., 2018). Invited speaker, “Net Zero and Zero Discharge Homes”.

2017

102nd ESA Annual Meeting: Ecological Society of America, in Portland OR. (Aug. 6-11, 2017). Oral Session 12916 on Designed Urban Ecosystems as Habitat for Biodiversity: Beyond the Low-Hanging Fruit. Academic speaker, “Linking vegetation dynamics on extensive green roofs to ecological theory.”

Designing with Nature: World Green Infrastructure Congress, in Berlin. (June 20-22, 2017). Academic speaker, “Nature as model: characterising mature green roof vegetation 20-30 years after installation”.

GreenInUrbs: Nature based solutions for sustainable and resilient cities, in Orvieto, Italy. (April 4-7, 2017). Academic speaker, “Causes, mechanisms, filters and feedbacks: a successional model for predicting vegetation dynamics and community assembly on green roofs over the long term”.

2015

Greenroofs and Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015. Speaker @ Inspiration Nook, “Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” (Greenroofs.com).

Public Lecture (as part of Faculty Chair search at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), in Lausanne, Switzerland (April 21, 2015). Academic speaker, “Soils & Plants, Cities & People: Urban Ecological Design for a Sustainable Future”.

2014

Natureparif congress: Society for Urban Ecology, in Paris. (June 4-6, 2014) Academic speaker, “Extensive green roof substrates more than 20 years since installation: description and consideration of ecological processes”.

2013

1st World Congress of the Society for Urban Ecology, at Humboldt University in Berlin. (24-27 July, 2013). Speaker, “Ecological dynamics of old green roofs”.

1st World Congress of the Society for Urban Ecology, at Humboldt University in Berlin. (24-27 July, 2013). Academic speaker, co-present with Mark Simmons (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centre), “Upping the Urban Green: What is the actual and potential role of ecology in our cities?”

Green Roof Gathering by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, in Toronto ON (9 April, 2013) Featured speaker, “UN Decade on Biodiversity: opportunities for the green roof industry”.

University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Brown Bag Lecture Series, in Vancouver BC (27 March, 2013). Visiting speaker, “Preliminary findings on plant and soil development on extensive green roofs over time”.

The Green Roof Research Conference: Bringing together the world’s leading green roof scientists, at The University of Sheffield UK (18-19 March, 2013). Speaker, “Dynamics of green roof vegetation over time”.

Greenroofs and Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013. Speaker, “Ecological dynamics of old green roofs” (Greenroofs.com).

2012

World Green Roof Congress, in Copenhagen DK (19-20 Sept., 2012). Academic speaker, “Ecological dynamics of old green roofs”.

2011

PG Café Forum, at The University of Sheffield UK (24 May, 2011). Speaker, “Ecological trends on old green roofs”.

Green Roof Research Students Conference, at The University of Sheffield UK (16 May, 2011). Speaker, “Green roof plant communities: Syntaxonomy of old green roofs”.

Greenroofs and Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2011. Moderator and panelist, ‘Biodiversity and green roofs’. (VS2011 #25) (Greenroofs.com).

2008

6th Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities conference, in Baltimore (USA) (25 May, 2008). Panelist, ‘Future directions for green roof research’.

2007

Light House Sustainable Building Centre, in Vancouver BC (3 Nov, 2007). Invited speaker, “Living architecture and ecological design”.

Vancouver Natural History Society and Native Plant Society of B.C., Special lecture (27 Sept, 2007). Speaker, “Living roofs for the Pacific Northwest”.

2006

4th Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities conference, in Boston (USA) (10 May, 2006). Academic speaker, co-present with Ayako Nagase, “Plant responses to drought on extensive green roofs: The effects of temperature, substrate type and substrate depth”.