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

2015

Metson, G. S., D. M. Iwaniec, L. A. Baker, E. M. Bennett, D. L. Childers, D. Cordell, N. B. Grimm, J. M. Grove, D. A. Nidzgorski and S. White. 2015. Urban phosphorus sustainability: Systematically incorporating social, ecological, and technological factors into phosphorus flow analysis. Environmental Science & Policy 47:1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2014.10.005. (link)

2014

Childers, D. L., S. T. Pickett, J. M. Grove, L. A. Ogden and A. C. Whitmer. 2014. Advancing urban sustainability theory and action: Challenges and opportunities. Landscape and Urban Planning 125(2014):320-328. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.01.022. (link)

Collins, S. L. and D. L. Childers. 2014. Long-term ecological research and network-level science. EOS Transactions 95(33):293-304. DOI: 10.1002/2014EO330001. (link)

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Book Chapters

2013

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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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)

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)

Ramos, J., P. Susanto and D. L. Childers. 2015. A new vegetation chamber to investigate the role of macrophytes in the CH4 and N2O gas fluxes from the Tres Rios constructed wetland in Phoenix, AZ. 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

2014

Childers, D. L., S. T. Pickett and M. J. Davidson. 2014. Moving from the ecology of cities to ecology for cities: Integrating urban ecology, design, and decision-making for urban sustainability. Presentation at the From Oceans to Mountains, 99th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 10-15 August 2014, Sacramento, California. (link)

2013

Childers, D. L., J. Hannan, J. Ramos, C. A. Sanchez, L. J. Turnbull and N. A. Weller. 2013. When plant-mediated water flows increase biogeochemical efficiency in an aridland urban treatment wetland, and pleasantly surprise the engineers. Presentation at the Sustainable Pathways: Learning from the Past and Shaping the Future, 98th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 4-9 August 2013, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (link)

Childers, D. L., J. Hannan, C. A. Sanchez, L. J. Turnbull and N. A. Weller. 2013. A constructed treatment wetland provides key urban ecosystem services even in a hot, dry climate. Presentation at the Sustainable Pathways: Learning from the Past and Shaping the Future, 98th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 4-9 August 2013, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (link)

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