Dan Childers

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Sustainability

Arizona State University
School of Sustainability
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502
Email: dan.childers@asu.edu
Web: http://weel.asu.edu/WEEL
Curriculum vita


Dr. Childers is a systems scientist, with special focus on urban ecosystems, wetland ecosystems, and sustainability science. His urban ecosystems research involves holistic, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding how human actions and decisions control the distribution of water, biogeochemical elements, and primary production in cities. Dan's wetland and aquatic ecosystem research has included both forested and herbaceous wetland ecosystems in many different freshwater and estuarine systems around the world. He was Director of the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Program from its inception in 2000 until 2008. Dr. Childers teaches Sustainable Ecosystems, Sustainable World, and a number of specialty seminar courses.


ecosystem ecology; wetland ecology; aquatic ecology; biogeochemical processes; systems science; urban ecology; ecohydrology; water; sustainability science


    Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1989

    M.S., University of South Carolina, 1985

    B.A., University of Virginia, 1983

Journal Articles


Koch, G. R., S. Hagerthey, D. L. Childers and E. Gaiser. 2013. Examing seasonally pulsed detrital transport in the coastal Everglades using a sediment tracing technique. Wetlands DOI: 10.1007/s13157-013-0388-y. (link)

Pickett, S. T., C. G. Boone, B. P. McGrath, M. L. Cadenasso, D. L. Childers, L. A. Ogden, M. McHale and J. M. Grove. 2013. Ecological science and transformation to the sustainable city. Cities 32(Supplement 1):510-520. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2013.02.008. (link)

Troxler-Gann, T. G., D. L. Childers and C. J. Madden. 2013. Drivers of decadal-scale change in the structure and function of southern Everglades wetland macrophyte communities. Wetlands DOI: 10.1007/s13157-013-0446-5. (link)

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Book Chapters


Childers, D. L., Z. Caple, C. Carlielle-Marquet, D. Cordell, V. Gerhart, D. Iwaniec and S. White. 2013. Future scenarios for the sustainable use of global phosphorus resources: P is for preferred (p)futures. In: Wyant, K. A., J. Corman and J. J. Elser eds., Phosphorus, Food, and Our Futures. Oxford Press.

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, C. G. Boone, D. L. Childers, S. L. Harlan and B. L. Turner II. 2013. Viewing the urban socioecological system through a sustainability lens: Lessons and prospects from the Central Arizona–Phoenix LTER Program. Pp. 217-246 In: Singh, S. J., H. Haberl, M. Chertow and M. Mirtl eds., Long Term Socio-Ecological Research. Springer.

Metson, G. S., K. A. Wyant and D. L. Childers. 2013. Introduction to P sustainability: P is for philosophy and process. Pp. 1-19 In: Wyant, K. A., J. Corman and J. J. Elser eds., Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future. Oxford University Press.

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Ramos, J., E. J. Chapman and D. L. Childers. 2014. Spatial and temporal variability of annual greenhouse gas fluxes from a constructed wetland in an arid region. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)


Loza Morales, D. E., D. L. Childers, A. Evans, A. Evans, C. A. Sanchez and N. Weller. 2013. Macropyte decomposition rates in the Tres Rios constructed treatment wetland: Preliminary results. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Ramos, J., E. J. Chapman, N. A. Weller and D. L. Childers. 2013. Trace gas fluxes from the Tres Rios wetllands project in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

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Childers, D. L. 2012. Is phosphorus the Rodney Dangerfield of sustainability challenges?. Plenary presentation at the 15-16 February 2012 3rd University of Florida Water Institute Symposium, Gainesville, FL.

Childers, D. L. 2012. Ecosystem services and educational opportunities provided by an aridland wetland urban treatment wetland in Phoenix AZ. Invited presentation at the 3-8 June 2012, 9th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference: Wetlands in a Complex World, Orlando, FL.

Childers, D. L., N. B. Grimm and B. L. Ruddell. 2012. Sustainability water demands to urban ecosystems in the southwestern United States. Symposium organizers, 9 August 2012, 97th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR.

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