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Brian Fath

Senior Research Scholar

Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group

Advancing Systems Analysis Program

YSSP Scientific Coordinator

Capacity Development and Academic Training Unit


Brian D. Fath is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA). He teaches courses in ecosystem ecology, environmental biology, networks, and human ecology and sustainability. Dr. Fath has also taught courses on ecological networks and modeling in Portugal, Croatia, Denmark, China, France, and Germany. He held a Fulbright Distinguished Chair position at Parthenope University of Naples, Italy for spring 2012.

Dr. Fath first came to IIASA as a participant in the 1997 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). Since 2002, he has been a summer Research Scholar within the Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) Program. His work at IIASA contributes to ASA activities in environmental systems modeling, specifically in the area of integrated modeling (ecological-economic networks), and since 2011 he is scientific coordinator for the YSSP.

He has published over 170 research papers, reports, and book chapters in journals such as the Journal of Theoretical Biology, Ecological Modelling, BioSystems, Ecological Complexity, Ecological Indicators, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Modelling and Software, Energy Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Industrial Ecology, PlosOne, Sustainability, Environmental Science and Technology, Ecology and Society, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, and Ecosystems. He co-authored the books Foundations for Sustainability: A Coherent Framework of Life & Environment Relations (2018), Flourishing Within Limits to Growth: Following nature's way (2015), Ecological Modelling 4th ed. (2011), A New Ecology: Systems Perspective (2007) and is Editor-in-Chief for Encyclopedia of Ecology 2nd ed. (2018). He is also Editor-in-Chief for the journal Ecological Modelling; Secretary General for International Society for Ecological Modelling; and member and past Chair of Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality. Dr. Fath was the 2016 recipient of the Prigogine Medal for outstanding work in systems ecology.

Dr. Fath graduated from Miami University, Ohio, USA in 1990 with degrees in physics and aeronautics. He completed an MS degree in environmental science at Ohio State University (1993) and earned a PhD in ecology from the University of Georgia in 1998. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Georgia (1998-2000) with Dr. Bruce Beck and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati (2000-2001), before joining the faculty in Towson University in fall 2001.

Last update: 20 JUL 2018


Voutsa, V., Battaglia, D., Bracken, L.J., Brovelli, A., Costescu, J., Díaz Muñoz, M., Fath, B. , Funk, A., Guirro, M., Hein, T., Kerschner, C., Kimmich, C., Lima, V., Messé, A., Parsons, A., Perez, J., Pöppl, R., Prell, C., Recinos, S., Shi, Y., Tiwari, S., Turnbull, L., Wainwright, J., Waxenecker, H., & Hütt, M.-T. (2021). Two classes of functional connectivity in dynamical processes in networks. Journal of The Royal Society Interface 18 (183) 10.1098/rsif.2021.0486.