Dan Childers

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502
USA
480-965-2320
Email: dan.childers@asu.edu
Web: http://weel.asu.edu/WEEL
Curriculum vita

Biography

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.

Expertise

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

Education

PhD, Louisiana State University, 1989

MS, University of South Carolina, 1985

BA, University of Virginia, 1983

Journal Articles

In Press

Weller, N. A., D. L. Childers, C. A. Sanchez, L. J. Turnbull and R. F. Upham. In Press. Aridland constructed treatment wetlands I: Macrophyte community effects on nitrogen uptake. Ecological Engineering

2015

Childers, D. L., M. L. Cadenasso, J. M. Grove, V. Marshall, B. McGrath and S. T. Pickett. 2015. An ecology for cities: A transformational nexus of design and ecology to advance climate change resilience and urban sustainability. Sustainability 7(4):3774-3791. DOI: 10.3390/su7043774. (link)

Hale, R. L., L. J. Turnbull, S. R. Earl, D. L. Childers and N. B. Grimm. 2015. Stormwater infrastructure controls runoff and dissolved material export from arid urban watersheds. Ecosystems 18(1):62-75. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-014-9812-2. (link)

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Book Chapters

2013

Childers, D. L., Z. Caple, C. Carlielle-Marquet, D. Cordell, V. Gerhart, D. M. 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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Posters

2015

Handler, A., A. Suchy, N. B. Grimm, M. M. Palta and D. L. Childers. 2015. Hydrologic and chemical connectivity between surface and soils in an urban accidental wetland: Implications for nitrogen removal. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Handler, A. M., A. K. Suchy, N. B. Grimm, M. M. Palta, D. L. Childers and J. C. Stromberg. 2015. Hydrologic and chemical connectivity in urban accidental wetlands: Implications for nitrate removal. Poster presented at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link)

MacNeille, B. and D. L. Childers. 2015. Exploring Phoenix’s urban phyllosphere. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

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Presentations

2015

Childers, D. L., P. Bois, C. A. Sanchez, D. Tallman and N. A. Weller. 2015. Turquoise infrastructure in cities: How a constructed treatment wetland provides key urban ecosystem services in Phoenix, AZ. Presentation at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link)

Grove, J. M., R. R. Chowdhury, D. L. Childers, L. A. Ogden, A. Felson and E. Svendsen. 2015. Links between science, design and decision making in urban ecology: Best practice and its future refinement. Presentation at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link)

Pickett, S. T., D. L. Childers, M. L. Cadenasso, M. J. McDonnell and W. Zhou. 2015. The evolution and future of urban ecological science. Presentation at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link)

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