Professor Childers

WGHL, Room 342
800 S Cady Mall
School of Life Sciences


Dan Childers is a professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. He is the director of the Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER Program and was the co-director of the Urban Sustainability Research Coordination Network, both of which are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has also been the Director of the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program. His research focuses on wetland ecosystem ecology, urban ecology, and sustainability science.  Dan has conducted research in many different freshwater and estuarine ecosystems around the world, including working for nearly 15 years in the Florida Everglades. Since the early 2000s, he has expanded his research portfolio to include urban ecosystems, the ecology-design nexus, water dynamics in cities, urban sustainability, and urban wetlands. Dan has published more than 125 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books, won grants that have totaled over $30 million, and advised more than 30 Ph.D. and M.S. students.


  • Ph.D. Lousiana State University-Baton Rouge 1990
  • M.S. University of South Carolina-Columbia 1985
  • B.A. University of Virginia 1983

Research Interests

Ecosystem ecology, wetland ecology, urban ecology, urban sustainability

Research Group

Cenral Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program (CAP LTER)


Hornbach, D.J. and D.L.Childers, 1986.  Life history variations in a stream population of Musculium partumeium (Bivalvia:  Pisidiidae).  Jour. North Am.Benthol. Soc.  5:263-271.

Hornbach, D.J. and D.L.Childers, 1987.  The effects of acidification on life-history traits of the freshwater clam Musculium partumeium Say, (Bivalvia: Pisidiidae).  Can. Jour. Zool.  65:113-121.

Childers, D.L. and H.N.McKellar, Jr., 1987.  A simulation of salt marsh water column dynamics.  Ecol. Mod. 36:211-238.

Childers, D.L. and J.W.Day, Jr., 1988.  A flow-through flume technique for quantifying nutrient and materials fluxes in microtidal estuaries.  Est. Coast. Shelf Sci. 27(5):483-494.

Whiting, G. and D.L.Childers, 1989.  Subtidal advective water as a potentially important nutrient input to southeastern U.S.A. salt marsh estuaries.  Est. Coast. Shelf Sci.  28:417-431.

Gosselink, J.G.,L.C.Lee, R.Boumanns, D.Burdick, D.Childers, D.Cushman, S.Fields, S.Hamilton, M.Koch, G.P.Shaffer, N.Taylor, and J.Visser, 1989.  Cumulative impact assessment and management in bottomlands of the Tensas Basin, LA.  In: J.C.Lefeuvre [ed.] Conservation and Development:  The Sustainable use of Wetland Resources.  Proc. 3rd Int. Wetl. Conf., Rennes, France.  p. 53-54. 

Childers, D.L. and J.G.Gosselink, 1990.  Assessment of cumulative impacts to water quality in a forested wetland landscape.  Jour. Environ. Qual. 19(3):455-464.

Gosselink, J.G., Gary P.Shaffer, Lyndon C.Lee, David Burdick, Daniel Childers, Nancy Liebowicz, Susan Hamilton, Roel Boumanns, Douglas Cushman, Sherri Fields, Marguerite Koch, and Jenneke Visser, 1990.  Can we manage cumulative impacts?  Experience from a forested wetland watershed.  Bioscience 40(8):588-600.

Childers, D.L. and J.W.Day, Jr., 1990.  Marsh-water column interactions in two Louisiana estuaries.  I. Sediment dynamics.  Estuaries 13(3):393-403.

Childers, D.L. and J.W.Day, Jr., 1990.  Marsh-water column interactions in two Louisiana estuaries.  II. Nutrient dynamics.  Estuaries 13(3):404-417.

Childers, D.L.,  J.W.Day, Jr., and R.L.Muller, 1990.  Relating climatological forcing to coastal water levels in Louisiana estuaries and the potential importance of El Niño-Southern Oscillation events.  Climate Res. 1(1):31-42.

Childers, D.L. and J.W.Day, Jr., 1991.  The dilution and loss of wetland function associated with conversion to open water.  Wetl. Ecology and Manage. 3:163-171.

Sklar, F.H., R.Costanza, D.L.Childers, E.B.DeBellevue, M.S.Jacobsen, T.Maxwell, and M.L.White, 1992.  Developments in regional scale simulation and analysis:  Case studies from coastal wetland ecosystems.  In: R.B.Singh [ed.], Environmental Monitoring--Application of Remote Sensing and GIS.

Dame, R., D.L.Childers, and E.T.Koepfler, 1992.  A geohydrologic continuum theory for the spatial and temporal evolution of marsh-estuarine ecosystems.  Neth. J. Sea Res. 30:63-72.

Childers, D.L., H.N.McKellar, Jr., R. Dame, F.Sklar, and E.Blood, 1993.  A dynamic nutrient budget of subsystem interactions in a salt marsh estuary.  Est. Coast. Shelf Sci. 36:105-131.

Childers, D.L., S.Cofer-Shabica, and L.Nakashima, 1993.  Spatial and temporal variability in marsh-water column interactions in a Georgia salt marsh.  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 95(1,2):25-38.

Childers, D.L., F.H.Sklar, B.Drake, and T.Jordan, 1993.  Seasonal measurements of sediment elevation in three Mid-Atlantic estuaries.  Jour. Coastal Res. 9(4):986-1003.

Cofer-Shabica, S., L.D.Nakashima, J.W.Day, Jr., and D.L.Childers, 1993.  Assessment of technological approaches to measuring wetlands changes and their implications for developing management strategies.  In: [O.T.Magoon, W.S.Wilson, H.Converse, and L.T.Tobin, eds.] Coastal Zone '93 , ASCE, New York, NY.  p. 2126-2137.

Childers, D.L., 1994.  Fifteen years of marsh flumes - A review of marsh-water column interactions in Southeastern USA estuaries.  In: [W.Mitsch, ed.] Global Wetlands. Elsevier Publ., Amsterdam p. 277-294.

Childers, D.L., F.H.Sklar, and S.E.Hutchinson, 1994.  The collection and statistical treatment of scale-dependent aquatic transect data in estuarine landscapes.  Landscape Ecol. 9(2):127-141.

Day, J.W., C.J.Madden, R.R. Twilley, R.F. Shaw, B.A. McKee, M.J. Dagg, D.L. Childers, R.C. Raynie, and L.J. Rouse, 1995.  The influence of Atchafalaya River discharge on Fourleague Bay, Louisiana (USA).  In [K.R.Dyer and R.J.Orth, eds.] Changes in Fluxes in Estuaries, ECSA 22/ERF Symposium Series, Olsen and Olsen Publ, Fredensborg, Denmark.  pp.151-160.

Daoust, R. and D.L.Childers, 1998.  Quantifying aboveground biomass and estimating productivity in nine Everglades wetland macrophytes using a non-destructive allometric approach. Aquatic Botany.  62:115-133.

Childers, D.L., S.Davis, V.Rivera-Monroy, and R.R.Twilley,  1999.  Wetland-water column interactions and the biogeochemistry of estuary-watershed coupling around the Gulf of Mexico.  In [ T.S. Bianchi and R.Twilley, eds.]:  Biogeochemistry of Gulf of Mexico Estuaries.  John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY. pp. 211-235.

Daoust, R. and D.L.Childers, 1999.  Controls on emergent macrophyte composition, abundance, and productivity in freshwater Everglades wetland communities.  Wetlands 19:262-275.

Rudnick, D., Z. Chen, D. Childers, J.Boyer, and T. Fontaine, 1999. Phosphorus and nitrogen inputs to Florida Bay: the importance of the Everglades watershed.  Estuaries 22(2B):398-416.

Cutler, J., D.L. Childers, and D. Kuhn, 1999.  Clonal diversity in populations of the seagrass Thalassia testudinum in a Florida Bay, USA, basin.  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 186:127-136.

Buzzelli, C.P., D.L. Childers, Q. Dong, and R.D. Jones, 2000.  Simulation of periphyton phosphorus dynamics in Everglades National Park. Ecol. Mod. 134(1):103-115.

Childers, D.L., J.W. Day, Jr., and H.N.McKellar, Jr, 2000.  Twenty more years of marsh and estuarine flux studies:  Revisiting Nixon (1980).  In: [M.P. Weinstein and D.Q. Kreeger, eds.] Concepts and Controversies in Tidal Marsh Ecology, p. 385-414.

Childers, D.L., R.D. Jones, J. Trexler, C. Buzzelli,  S. Dailey, A.L. Edwards, E. Gaiser, K. Jayachandaran, A. Kenne, D. Lee, J. Meeder, J. Pechman, A. Renshaw, J. Richards, M. Rugge, L. Scinto, P. Sterling, and W. Van Gelder,  2001.  Quantifying the effects of low-level phosphorus enrichment on unimpacted Everglades wetlands with in situ  flumes and phosphorus dosing.  In:  [K.Porter and J.Porter, eds.], The Everglades Hydroscape, St. Lucie Press. P. 127 – 152.

Davis, S.E. III, D.L. Childers, J.W. Day, Jr., D.T. Rudnick, and F.H. Sklar, 2001.  Wetland-water column exchanges of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus in a Southern Everglades dwarf mangrove.  Estuaries 24(4):610-622.

Davis, S.E. III, D.L. Childers, J.W. Day, Jr., D.T. Rudnick, and F.H. Sklar, 2001.  Nutrient dynamics in vegetated and unvegetated areas of a southern Everglades mangrove creek.  Est. Coast. Shelf Sci. 52:753-768

Noe, G., D.L. Childers, and R.D. Jones, 2001.  Phosphorus biogeochemistry and the impacts of phosphorus enrichment: Why are the Everglades so unique. Ecosystems 4(7):603-624.

Beck, M., K. Heck, K. Able, D. Childers, D. Eggleston, B. Gillanders, B. Halpern, C. Hays, K. Hoshino, T. Minello, R. Orth, P. Sheridan, and M. Weinstein, 2001.  The identification, conservation, and management of estuarine and marine nurseries for fish and invertebrates.  Bioscience  51(8):633-641.

Noe, G.B., D.L. Childers, A.L. Edwards, E. Gaiser, K. Jayachandaran, D. Lee, J. Meeder, J. Richards, L.J. Scinto, J. Trexler, and R.D. Jones. 2002.  Short-term changes in phosphorus storage in an oligotrophic Everglades wetland ecosystem receiving experimental nutrient enrichment.  Biogeochemistry 59: 239-267.

Baber, M.J. D. L. Childers, K. J. Babbitt, and D.H Anderson. 2002. Controls on fish distribution and abundance in temporary wetlands.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59:1441-1450.

Davis, S.E., C. Coronado-Molina, D.L. Childers, and J.W. Day, Jr., 2003. Temporally dependent C, N, and P dynamics associated with the decay of Rhizophora mangle L. leaf litter in an oligotrophic South Florida estuary. Aquatic Botany. 75:199-215.

Childers, D.L., R.F. Doren, R. Jones, G.B. Noe, M.Rugge, and L.J. Scinto, 2003.  Decadal change in vegetation and soil phosphorus patterns across the Everglades landscape.  J. Environ. Quality. 32:344-362.

Lu, X.Q, N.Maie, J.V.Hanna, D.L.Childers, and R.Jaffé, 2003.  Molecular characterization of dissolved organic mtter in freshwater wetlands of the Florida Everglades.  Water Research 37:2599-2606.

Davis, S.E. III, D.L. Childers, J.W. Day, Jr., D.T. Rudnick, and F.H. Sklar, 2003. Factors affecting the concentration and flux of materials in two southern Everglades mangrove wetlands.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 253:85-96.

Sutula, M., B. Perez, E. Reyes, D. Childers, S. Davis, J. Day, D. Rudnick, and F. Sklar. 2003. Factors affecting spatial and temporal variability in material exchange between the Southeastern Everglades wetlands and Florida Bay (USA). Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science. 56: 1-25.

Beck, M.W., K.L. Heck, K.W. Able, D.L. Childers, D.B. Eggleston, B.M. Gillanders, B.S. Halpern, C.G. Hays, K. Hoshino, T.J. Minello, R.J. Orth, P.F. Sheridan, and  M.P. Weinstein, 2003.  The role of nearshore ecosystems as fish and shellfish nurseries.  Issues in Ecology 11:1-12.

Barr, J.G., J.D. Fuentes, D. Wang, Y., Edmonds, J.C. Zieman, B.P. Hayden, and D.L. Childers, 2003.  Red mangroves emit hydrocarbons.  Southeastern Naturalist 2(4):499-510.

Noe, G.B., L.J. Scinto, J. Taylor, D.L. Childers, and R.D. Jones.  2003.  Phosphorus cycling and partitioning in an oligotrophic Everglades wetland ecosystem: A radioisotope tracing study.. Freshwater Biology 48:1993-2008.

Gaiser, E.E., L. J. Scinto, J. H. Richards, K. Jayachandran, D. L. Childers, J. C. Trexler, and R. D. Jones, 2004.  Phosphorus in periphyton mats provides the best metric for detecting low-level P enrichment in an oligotrophic wetland.  Water Res. 38:507-516.

Rivera-Monroy, V.H., R.R. Twilley, D.Bone, D.L. Childers, C.Coronado-Molina, I.C. Feller, J.Herrera-Silveira, R. Jaffe, E. Mancera, E. Rejmankova, J.E. Salisbury, and E. Weil, 2004.  A conceptual framework to develop Long Term Ecological Research and management objectives in the wider Caribbean Region.  Bioscience 54(9):843-856.

Stevenson, C. and D.L. Childers, 2004.  Patterns of fish decomposition in an oligotrophic freshwater Everglades marsh.  Wetlands  24(3):529-537.

Davis, S.E., J.E. Cable, D.L. Childers, C. Coronado-Molina, J.W. Day, C.D. Hittle,  C.J. Madden, D. Rudnick, E. Reyes, F. Sklar, 2004. Importance of Episodic Storm Events in Controlling Ecosystem Structure and Function in a Gulf Coast Estuary.  Jour. Coastal Res. 20(4):1198-1208.

Daoust, R.J. and D.L.Childers, 2004.  Ecological effects of low-level phosphorus additions on two plant communities in a neotropical freshwater wetland ecosystem.  Oecologia  141:672-686.

Gaiser, E.E., J.C. Trexler, J.H. Richards, D.L. Childers, D. Lee, A.L. Edwards, L.J. Scinto, K. Jayachandran, G.B. Noe, and R.D. Jones, 2005.  Cascading ecological effects of low-level phosphorus enrichment in the Florida Everglades.  J. Environ. Quality 34(2): 717-723.

Troxler Gann, T., D.L. Childers, and D. Rondeau, 2005. Ecosystem characteristics and hydrologic features of tree islands in the southern Everglades, FL, USA.  Forest Ecology & Management.  214(1-3):11-27.

Anderson, W.T., Sternberg, L., Pinzon, M.C., Gann-Troxler, T., Childers, D.L., and Duever, M., 2005, Carbon isotope composition of cypress trees from South Florida and changing hydrologic conditions: Dendrochronologia 23(1):1-10.

Wetzel, P.R., A.G. Van der Valk, S. Newman, D.E. Gawlik, T. Troxler Gann, C.A. Coronado-Molina, D.L. Childers, and F.H. Sklar, 2005. Nutrient redistribution key to maintaining tree islands in the Florida Everglades  Frontiers in Ecology 3: 370-376.

Childers, D.L., J.N. Boyer, S.E. Davis III, C.J. Madden, D.T. Rudnick, and F.H. Sklar, 2006.  Relating precipitation and water management to nutrient concentration patterns in the oligotrophic “upside down” estuaries of the Florida Everglades.  Limnol. Oceanogr.  51(1):602-616.

Farber. S, R. Costanza, D. L. Childers, J. Erickson, K. Gross, M. Grove, C. Hopkinson, J. Kahn, S. Pincetl, A. Troy, P. Warren, and M. Wilson, 2006.  An ecosystem services framework that links science, values, and environmental decision-making.  Bioscience 56(2): 117-129.

Gaiser, E.E., D.L. Childers, R.D. Jones, J.H. Richards, L.J. Scinto, and J.C. Trexler.  2006.  Periphyton responses to eutrophication in the Florida Everglades: Cross-system patterns of structural and compositional change.  Limnol. Oceanogr.  51(1):617-630.

Troxler Gann, T. and D.L. Childers, 2006.  Relationships between hydrology and soils describe vegetation patterns in tree seasonally flooded tree islands of the southern Everglades, Florida.  Plant & Soil 279:271-286

Davis, S.M., D.L. Childers, J. Lorenz, and T.E. Hopkins, 2006.  A conceptual model of ecological interactions in the mangrove estuaries of the Florida Everglades.  Wetlands 25(4):832-842.

Rubio, G. and D.L. Childers, 2006.  Decomposition of Cladium jamaicense, Eleocharis sp., and Juncus roemerianus in the estuarine ecotones of the Florida Everglades.  Estuaries 29(2):1-12.

Knapp, A.K., J.M. Briggs, and D.L. Childers, 2007.  Estimating aboveground net primary production in grassland and herbaceous dominated systems.  In:  [T.J. Fahey & A.K. Knapp, eds.]  Principles and Standards for Measuring Net Primary Production in Long-term Ecological Studies.

Childers, D.L., 2006. A synthesis of long-term research by the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Program.  Hydrobiologia 569(1):531-544.

Childers, D.L., D. Iwaniec, D. Rondeau, G. Rubio, E. Verdon, and C. Madden.  2006. Primary productivity in Everglades marshes demonstrates the sensitivity of oligotrophic ecosystems to environmental drivers.  Hydrobiologia 569(1):273-292.

Iwaniec, D., D. Childers, D. Rondeau, C. Madden, and C. Saunders, 2006. Effects of hydrologic and water quality drivers on periphyton dynamics in the southern Everglades. Hydrobiologia 569(1):223-235.

Ewe, S.M.L., E. E. Gaiser, D. L. Childers, V. H. Rivera-Monroy, D. Iwaniec, J. Fourqurean, and R. R. Twilley, 2006. Spatial and temporal patterns of aboveground net primary productivity (ANPP) along two freshwater-estuarine transects in the Florida Coastal Everglades.  Hydrobiologia 569(1):459-474.

Davis, S. E. III, D. L. Childers, and G. B. Noe, 2006. The Contribution of Leaching to the Rapid Release of Nutrients and Carbon in the Early Decay of Oligotrophic Wetland Vegetation.  Hydrobiologia.Maie, N., T. Miyoshi, D.L. Childers, and R. Jaffe, in review.  Quantitative and qualitative aspects of dissolved organic carbon leached from plants in an oligotrophic wetland. Hydrobiologia 569(1):87-97.

Leonard, L., A. Croft, D.L.Childers, S.Mitchell-Bruker, H.Solo-Gabriele, and M.Ross, 2006.  Characteristics of surface flows in the ridge and slough landscape of Everglades National Park:  Implications for particulate transport.  Hydrobiologia 569(1):5-22.

Saunders, C.J., M. Gao, J. Lynch, R. Jaffé, and D.L. Childers, 2006. Using soil profiles of seeds and molecular markers as proxies for sawgrass and wet prairie slough vegetation in Shark Slough, Everglades National Park.  Hydrobiologia 569(1):475-492.

Trexler, J.T., E.E. Gaiser, and D.L. Childers, 2006. Interaction of hydrology and nutrients in controlling ecosystem function in oligotrophic coastal environments of South Florida.  Hydrobiologia 569(1):1-4.

Maie, N., R. Jaffé, M. Toshikazu and D. Childers. 2006 Quantitative and qualitative aspects of dissolved organic carbon leached from senescent plants in an oligotrophic wetland. Biogeochemistry 78:285-314.

Bazante, J., G. Jacobi, H. Solo-Gabriele, D. Reed, S. Mitchell-Bruker, D.L. Childers, L. Leonard, and M. Ross, 2006.  Hydrologic measurements and implications for tree island formation within Everglades National Park.  J. Hydrology 329:606-619.

Noe, G.B. and D.L. Childers, 2007. Phosphorus budgets in Everglades wetland ecosystems:  The effects of hydrology and nutrient enrichment.  Wetlands Ecology & Management 15:189-205.

Davis, S.E. III and D. L. Childers, 2007.  Importance of water source in controlling leaf leaching losses in a dwarf red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle L.) wetland.  Est. Coastal Shelf Sci. 74:194-201.

Wozniak J.R., D.L. Childers, W.T. Anderson, D.T. Rudnick, and C. Madden. 2008. Quantifying N cycling rates in
oligotrophic wetlands using 15N tracer techniques and field mesocosms. Wetlands 28(2):502-512.

Babbitt, K.J. Baber, M.J., D.L. Childers, and D. Hocking, 2009. Influence of agricultural upland habitat on larval anuran assemblages in seasonally-inundated wetlands. Wetlands 29(1):294-301.

Troxler, T.G. and D.L. Childers, 2009.  Litter decomposition promotes differential feedbacks in an oligotrophic southern Everglades wetland. Plant Ecology 200:69-82.

Wetzel, P. R., Arnold G. van der Valk, Susan Newman, Carlos A. Coronado, Tiffany G. Troxler-Gann, Daniel L. Childers, William H. Orem, Fred H. Sklar, 2009. Heterogeneity of phosphorus distribution in a patterned landscape, the Florida Everglades. Plant Ecology 200:83-90.

He, G., V. Engel, L. Leonard, A. Croft, D.L. Childers, M. Laas, Y. Deng, and H. Solo-Gabriele, 2010.  Factors controlling surface water flow in a low-gradient subtropical wetland.  Wetlands 30:275-286.

Deng, Y., H. M. Solo-Gabriele, M. Laas, L. Leonard, D.L. Childers, G. He, and V. Engel, 2010.  Impacts of hurricanes on surface water flow within a wetland.  Jour. Hydrology 392:164-172.

Troxler, T.G. and D.L. Childers. 2010. Biogeochemical contributions of tree islands to Everglades wetland landscape nitrogen cycling during seasonal inundation. Ecosystems 13: 75-89.

Childers, D.L., J. Corman, M. Edwards and J.J. Elser, 2011.  Sustainability challenges of phosphorus and food: Solutions from closing the human P cycle.  Bioscience  61(2):117-124.

Victor H. Rivera-Monroy, Robert R. Twilley, Stephen E. Davis III, Daniel L. Childers, Marc Simard, Randolph Chambers, Rudolf Jaffe, Joseph N. Boyer, David Rudnick, Keqi Zhang, Edward Castañeda-Moya, Sharon Ewe, Carlos Coronado-Molina, Michael Ross, Thomas J Smith III, Breatrice Michot, Ehab Meselhe, William Nuttle, Tiffany Troxler, Gregory B. Noe, 2011. The Role of the Everglades Mangrove Ecotone Region (EMER) in Regulating Nutrient Cycling and Wetland Productivity in South Florida. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 41(S1):1–37.

Collins, Scott L., Carpenter, S.R., Childers, D.L., Gragson, T.L., Grimm, N.B., Grove, J. M., Harlan, S.L., Knapp, A.K., Kofinas, G.P., Magnuson, J.J., McDowell, W.H., Melack, J.M., Ogden, L.A., Ornstein, D., Robertson, G. P., Smith, M.D., Swinton, S.R., and Whitmer, A., 2011.  An integrated conceptual framework for socio-ecological research.  Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment (96):351-357.

Koch, G., D.L.Childers, E.Gaiser, and R.Price, 2012. Hydrological conditions control P loading and aquatic metabolism in an oligotrophic, subtropical estuary.  Estuaries & Coasts 35:292-307.

Turnbull, L., Wilcox, B.P., Belnap, J., Ravi, S., D’Odorico, P., Childers, D.L., Gwenzi, W., Okin, G., Wainwright, J., Caylor, K., Sankey, T., 2012. Understanding the role of ecohydrological feedbacks in ecosystem-state change in drylands.  Ecohydrology DOI: 10.1002/eco.265.

Wozniak J.R., G. Noe, D.L. Childers, W.T. Anderson, E.E. Gaiser, D.T. Rudnick, and C. Madden, 2012. Determining nitrogen uptake rates at varying phosphorus loads in an estuarine ecotone wetland, Southern Everglades, USA.  Estuarine Coastal & Shelf Science. 96:60-68.

Metson, G., R. Hale, D. Iwaniec, E. Cook, J. Corman, C. Galletti, and D. Childers, 2012.  Phosphorus in Phoenix:  A budget and spatial representation of phosphorus in an urban ecoystem.  Ecol. Applications.  22(2):705-721.

Childers, D.L., 2012.  Urban sustainability in the U.S. desert SW:  The story of Phoenix AZ.  The Americas and Ocean: Assessing Sustainability’s Human & Physical Geography.  Berkshire Publ. pp. 242-245.

Troxler, T.G., M. Ikenaga, L. Scinto, J. Boyer, R. Condit, R. Perez, G. Gann, and D. Childers. 2012. Patterns of soil bacteria and canopy community structure related to tropical peatland development. Wetlands 32: 769-782.

Metson, G., D.L. Childers, and R.Aggarwhal, 2012. Efficiency Through Proximity: Changes in Phosphorus Cycling at the Urban-Agricultural Interface of a Rapidly Urbanizing Desert Region. Jour. Industrial Ecol. 16(6): 914-927

Grimm, N.B., C.L. Redman, C.G. Boone, D.L. Childers, B.L. Turner, and S. Harlan, 2012.  Viewing the urban socioecological system through a sustainability lens:  Lessons and prospects from the Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER Program.  In: Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research, Human-Environment Interactions. S.J. Singh et al. [eds.] Springer Publications, pp. 217-246.

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.Elser, eds.] Phosphorus, Food, and our Future.  Oxford University Press, New York City NY USA. Pp. 185-200.

Metson, G.S., K.A. Wyant, and D.L. Childers, 2013.  Introduction to phosphorus sustainability: P is for philosophy and process.  In: [Wyant, K.A., J.Corman, and J.Elser, eds.] Phosphorus, Food, and our Future.  Oxford University Press, New York City NY USA. Pp. 1-21.

Troxler, T.G., E.Gaiser, J.Barry, J.D.Fuentes, R.Jaffe, D.L.Childers, L.Collado-Vides, V.H.Rivera-Monroy, E.Castañeda-Moya, W.Anderson, R.Chambers, M.Chen, C.Coronado-Molina, S.E.Davis, C.Fitz, J.Fourqurean, T.Frankovich, J.Kominoski, C.Madden, S.L.Malone, S.F.Oberbauer, P.Olivas, J.Richards, C.Saunders,, J.Schedlbauer, L.J.Scinto, F.Sklar, T.Smith, J.M.Smoat, G.Starr, R.R.Twilley, and K.Whelan, 2013.  Integrated carbon budget models for the Everglades terrestrial-coastal-oceanic gradient:  Current status and needs for inter-site comparisons.  Oceanography 26(3):98-107.

Day, J.W., F.Sklar, J.E.Cable, D.L.Childers, C.Coronado-Molina, S.E.Davis, S.Kelly, C.J.Madden, B.Perez, E.Reyes, D.T.Rudnick, and M.A.Sutula, 2013.  The salinity transition zone between the Southern Everglades and Florida Bay:  System functioning and implications for coastal zone management.  In: [J.W.Day & A. Yañez-Arancibia, eds.] Gulf of Mexico:  Origin, Waters, and Biota.  Texas A&M University Press, College Station TX.  Pp. 1-24.

Pickett, S.T.A., 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:S10-S20.

Troxler, T.G., D.L. Childers, and C.J. Madden, 2014. Drivers of decadal-scale change in the structure and function of southern Everglades wetland macrophyte communities.  Wetlands 34:S81-S90.

Koch, G.R., S. Hagerthy, E. Gaiser, and D.L. Childers, 2014.  Examining Everglades floc transport using a sediment tracing technique.  Wetlands 34:S123-133.

Childers, D.L., S.T.A. Pickett, J.M. Grove, L. Ogden, and A. Whitmer, 2014.  Advancing urban sustainability theory and action:  Challenges and opportunities. Landscape & Urban Planning 125:320-328.

Collins, S.L. and D.L. Childers, 2014.  Celebrating 35 years of long-term ecological research.  EOS 95(33):293-295.

Metson, G. S., D. M. Iwaniec, L. Baker, E. M. Bennett, D. L. Childers, D. Cordell, N. B. Grimm, J. M. Grove, D. Nidzgorski, and S. White, 2014.  Urban phosphorus sustainability: Systematically incorporating social, ecological, and technological factors into phosphorus flow analysis.  Environ. Sci. & Policy 47:1-11.

Iwaniec, D.M., D.L. Childers, K. VanLehn, and A. Wiek, 2014.  Studying, teaching, and applying sustainability visions using systems modeling.  Sustainability. 6. DOI: 10.3390/su60x000x.

Hale, R.L., L.Turnbull, S.Earl, N.B.Grimm, K. Riha, G.Michaelski, K.Lohse, and D.Childers, 2014.  Sources and transport of nitrogen in arid urban watersheds. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48(11):6211-6219.

Childers, D.L. 2015. Book review:  Multiple stable states in natural ecosystems. Ecol. Engineering 75:506.

Warner, B., C. Kuzdas, M. Yglesias, and D.L. Childers, 2015. Limits to adaptation to interacting global change risks among smallholder rice farmers in Northwest Costa Rica. Global Environmental Change 30:101-112.

Hale, R.L., L.Turnbull, S.Earl, D.Childers, and N.B.Grimm, 2015.  Stormwater infrastructure controls runoff and dissolved material export from arid urban watersheds. Ecosystems 18(1)62-75.

Childers, D.L., M.L. Cadenasso, J.M. Grove, V.Marshall, B. McGrath, and S.T.A. 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.

McHale, M.R., S.T.A. Pickett, O. Barbosa, D.N. Bunn, M.L. Cadenasso, D.L. Childers, M. Gartin, G.R. Hess, D.M. Iwaniec, T. McPhearson, M.N. Peterson, A.K. Poole, L. Rivers, S.T. Shutters, and W. Zhuo, 2015. The new global urban realm:  Complex, connected, diffuse, and diverse social-ecological systems.  Sustainability 7(5):5211-5240.

Schwarz, K., M.Fragkias, C.G. Boone, W. Zhou, D.L. Childers, M. R. McHale, J. M. Grove, J. O’Neil-Dunne, J. P. McFadden, G. L. Buckley, L. Ogden, S. Pincetl, D. E. Pataki, A. Whitmer, and M. L. Cadenasso, 2015. Trees grow on money: Urban tree canopy cover and environmental justice. PLOS One 10(4): e0122051. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122051.

Childers, D.L. 2015.  Review of Urban Ecology: Science of Cities, by R.T.T. Forman. Society & Natural Resources. 28(6):686-687.

Kuzdas, C., B. Warner, A. Wiek, R. Vignola, M. Yglesias, and D.L. Childers, 2015. Sustainability assessment of water governance alternatives – The case of Guanacaste Costa Rica. Sustainability Science 10(4).

Ruddell, B.L., R. Yu, M. Kang, and D.L. Childers, 2015. Seasonally Varied Controls of Climate and Phenophase on Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics: Modeling Eco-climate System State Using Dynamical Process Networks. Landscape Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/S10980-015-0253-x.

Grove, J.M., R. Roy Chowdhury, and D.L. Childers 2015. Co-design, co-production, and dissemination of social-ecological knowledge to promote sustainability and resilience: Urban experiences from the US LTER network. Global Land Project News, April.

Chapman, E.J., D.L.Childers, and J. Vallino, 2016.  A review of how the Second Law of Thermodynamics has informed ecosystem ecology through its history.  Bioscience 66(1):27-39.

Childers, D.L. 2016.  Perspectives from a career spent in the LTER Network. In: [M.R. Willig & L.R. Walker, eds.] Long-Term Environmental Research:  Changing the Nature of Scientists. Oxford University Press, New York. pp.147-154.

Pickett, S.T.A., M.L. Cadenasso, D.L. Childers, M.J. McDowell, and W. Zhou, 2016. Evolution and future of urban ecological science: Ecology in, of, and for the city. Ecosys. Health & Sustainability 2(7):1-16.

Weller, N.A., D.L Childers, L. Turnbull, and R. Upham, 2016. Aridland constructed treatment wetlands I: Macrophyte productivity, community composition, and nitrogen uptake. Ecol. Engineering 97:649-657.

Sanchez, C.A., D.L Childers, L. Turnbull, R. Upham, and N.A. Weller, 2016.  Aridland constructed treatment wetlands II: Macrophyte-driven control of the wetland water budget makes the system more efficient than expected.  Ecol. Engineering 97:658-665.

Grove, J.M., D.L. Childers, R. Roy Chowdhury, M. Galvin, S. Hines, T. Muñoz-Erickson, and E. Svendsen, 2016. Linking science and decision-making to promote an ecology for the city: Practices and opportunities. Ecosys. Health & Sustainability 2(9):1-10.

Muñoz-Erickson, T.A., L.K. Campbell, D.L. Childers, J.M. Grove, D.M. Iwaniec, S.T.A. Pickett, M. Romolini, and E.S. Svendsen, 2016. Demystifying governance and its role for transitions in urban social-ecological systems. Ecosphere 7(11):1-11.

Groffman, P.M., M.L. Cadenasso, J. Cavender-Bares, D.L. Childers, N.B. Grimm, J.M. Grove, S.E. Hobbie, L.R. Hutyra, G.D. Jennerette, T. McPhearson, D.E. Pataki, S.T.A. Pickett, R.V. Pouyat, E. Rosi-Marshall, and B.L. Ruddell, 2016. Moving towards a new urban systems science. Ecosystems.

Chapman, E.J., D.L. Childers, E.L. Shock, and M.R. Turetsky, 2016.  A thermodynamic analysis of ecosystem development in northern wetlands.  Wetlands 36:1143-1153.

Bois, P., D.L. Childers, T. Corlouer, A. Massicot, and C.A. Sanchez, 2017.  Confirming a plant-mediated “biological tide” in an aridland constructed treatment wetland. Ecosphere. 8(3):1-16.

Naja, M., D.L. Childers, and E. Gaiser, 2017.  Water quality implications of hydrologic restoration alternatives in the Florida Everglades USA.  Restoration Ecol. (in press)

Chapman, E.J., H. Cadillo-Quiroz, D.L. Childers, M.R. Turetsky, and M.P. Waldrop, 2017. Degree of ecosystem development is a stronger predictor of microbial community structure than ecosystem type in boreal wetland peat soils. European Jour. Soil Biology 82:17-26.

Warner, B., D.L. Childers, C. Kuzdas, C., and G. Stocks, in review. Smallholder adaptation to drought in Costa Rica’s crony capitalist rice economy. Development and Change.

Cordell, D.J., G.S. Metson, D.M. Iwaniec, S. Kumwenda, E.A. Tilley, V. Nguyen, H.T.T. Dang, B. Thole, B. Jacobs, M.J. Davidson, and D.L. Childers, in review.  Transforming cities:  Securing food and clean waterways through phosphorus governance. In:  Creating Change through Transdisciplinary Research and Practice.  Routledge Publishing.

Pisani, O., M. Gao, N. Maie, T. Miyoshi, D.L. Childers, and R. Jaffe, in review. Compositional aspects of herbaceous litter decomposition in freshwater marshes of the Florida Everglades: A litter bag experiment. Plant & Soil.

Yu, R., B.L. Ruddell, M. Kang, J.Kim, and D.L. Childers, in review. Global terrestrial ecosystem states and transitions: A complex systems application of the FLUXNET observatory. Global Change Biology.

Research Activity

2010-2012                                              Director, Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program (CAP LTER)

2010-2012                                              Member, Board of Directors, NEON Inc.

2010-2012                                              Executive Board Member, LTER Network

2011-2017                                              Co-Director, Urban Sustainability Research Coordination Network

2013-2014                                              Chair, School of Sustainability Curriculum Committee

2015-present                                           Associate Editor, Journal of Urban Ecology

2015-present                                           Member, State of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Science & Engineering Advisory Board

2015-present                                           Undergraduate Director, School of Sustainability

2015-present                                           Member, Provost’s University Undergraduate Standards Committee

2016-present                                           Member, U.S. Ramsar Convention Committee

2016-present                                           Handling Editor, Bioscience

2016-present                                           Director, Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program (CAP LTER)


Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
SOS 494 Special Topics
BIO 494 Special Topics
SOS 598 Special Topics
BIO 598 Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
SOS 110 Sustainable World
SOS 294 Special Topics
SOS 394 Special Topics
SOS 484 Internship
SOS 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 494 Special Topics
SOS 494 Special Topics
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
SOS 499 Individualized Instruction
BIO 598 Special Topics
SOS 598 Special Topics
SOS 599 Thesis
SOS 792 Research
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
SOS 110 Sustainable World
SOS 326 Sustainable Ecosystems
SOS 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
SOS 599 Thesis
SOS 792 Research
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
SOS 494 Special Topics
BIO 494 Special Topics
SOS 598 Special Topics
BIO 598 Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SOS 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 494 Special Topics
SOS 494 Special Topics
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
SOS 592 Research
SOS 598 Special Topics
BIO 598 Special Topics
SOS 599 Thesis
SOS 790 Reading and Conference
SOS 792 Research
SOS 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
SOS 110 Sustainable World
SOS 326 Sustainable Ecosystems
SOS 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
SOS 792 Research
SOS 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 494 Special Topics
SOS 494 Special Topics
SOS 598 Special Topics
SOS 790 Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
SOS 110 Sustainable World
BIO 494 Special Topics
SOS 494 Special Topics
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
SOS 592 Research
BIO 598 Special Topics
SOS 598 Special Topics
SOS 599 Thesis
SOS 790 Reading and Conference
SOS 792 Research
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
SOS 326 Sustainable Ecosystems
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar
SOS 591 Seminar
SOS 792 Research
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
SOS 494 Special Topics
SOS 598 Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
SOS 494 Special Topics
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
SOS 592 Research
SOS 598 Special Topics
SOS 599 Thesis
SOS 790 Reading and Conference
SOS 792 Research
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
SOS 326 Sustainable Ecosystems
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
SOS 792 Research
SOS 799 Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
SOS 599 Thesis
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
SOS 792 Research


Sustainable Ecosystems, Sustainable World


  • National Ecological Observatory Network, Member, Board of Directors (2010 - 2013)
  • Applied Geochemistry, manuscript reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • Ecological Applications, manuscript reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • Marine Biological Lab, Ecosystems Center, Woods Hole, tenure file reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • University of Florida, tenure file reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • University of North Carolina, tenure file reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • Annals of Botany, manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2010)
  • Bioscience, manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2010)
  • Landscape Ecology, manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2010)
  • NSF, proposal reviewer (8 proposals) (2009 - 2010)
  • PNAS, manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2010)
  • Science of the Total Environment, manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2010)
  • South Carolina Seagrant, proposal reviewer (2009 - 2010)
  • Texas Seagrant, proposal reviewer (2009 - 2010)
  • CAP III Executive Committee, Co-Lead, Water IPA (2008 - 2010)
  • Estuaries & Coasts, manuscript reviewer (2008 - 2010)
  • Executive Board, Sustainability Review E-Journal, faculty advisor (2008 - 2010)
  • Hydrobiologia, manuscript reviewer (2008 - 2010)
  • Executive Committee, member (2008 - 2010)
  • Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment, manuscript reviewer (2008 - 2010)
  • SoS Personnel Committee, member (2008 - 2010)
  • SoS Undergraduate Committee, Chair (2009 - 2010)
  • GIOS, Associate Director for Research (2008 - 2010)
  • Univ. California-Davis, tenure file reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Graduate Committee, member (2008 - 2009)
  • EPA STAR panelist, reviewed 15 proposals for the panel (2008 - 2009)
  • CAP III Executive Committee, Co-Lead, Water IPA (2008 - 2008)
  • Executive Board, Sustainability Review E-Journal, member (2008 - 2008)
  • Executive Committee, member (2008 - 2008)
  • Graduate Committee, member (2008 - 2008)
  • NSF, proposal reviewer (2 proposals) (2008 - 2008)
  • SoS Personnel Committee, member (2008 - 2008)
  • Estuaries & Coasts, manuscript reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • Hydrobiologia, manuscript reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • Frontiers in Ecology, manuscript reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • Springer, book proposal reviewer (2008 - 2008)