- Ph.D. Louisiana State Univeristy, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A., 1989
- M.S. University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A., 1985
- B.A. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A., 1983
Dr. Childers is an Associate Professor with the Florida International University. His research interests include the interactions among ecosystems in landscape and regional mosaics; practical applications of large-scale research, including the practical integration of ecological and economic dynamics; spatially dynamic approaches to resource management; development of dynamic spatial and temporal models of ecosystems in the landscape context; carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycling in coastal and wetland ecosystems; nutrient, sedimentological, and hydrologic processes in estuarine marshes, mangrove forests, bottomland hardwood forests, herbaceous freshwater wetlands, and intertidal seagrass beds; quantification of the importance of interactions between subtidal and intertidal wetland habitats and their adjacent water column to system dynamics.