Core Faculty

Daniel W. Schneider

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990


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.  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.  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 an appointment in the Illinois Natural History Survey.

Contact Information
Room M220, Temple Buell Hall
611 Lorado Taft Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217.244.7681
Fax: 217.244.1717
E-mail: ddws@illinois.edu


Current Research Areas

  • 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

Daniel Schneider.  "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).

Daniel Schneider, 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.

Daniel W. Schneider