Brian D. Fath


Brian D. Fath is Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University, Maryland. He teaches courses in ecosystem ecology, environmental biology, networks, and human ecology and sustainability. Dr. Fath has also taught courses on ecological modeling in Portugal, Croatia, and Denmark.

Since 2002, he has been a regular summer scientist in the Dynamic Systems Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria.  His work at IIASA contributes to DYN activities in environmental systems modeling, specifically in the area of integrated modeling and ecological network analysis. He has published research papers in Journal of Theoretical Biology, Ecological Modeling, Biosystems, Ecological Complexity, Environmental Modeling and Software, and Ecosystems. He has co-authored the book “A New Ecology: Systems Perspective” and is Associate Editor-in-Chief for five-volume “Encyclopedia of Ecology.” He is Associate Editor for the journal Ecological Modeling; President of the North American Chapter of International Society for Ecological Modeling; and member of Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality.

Dr. Fath graduated in 1990 from Miami University, with degrees in Physics and Aeronautics. He completed an M.S. degree in Environmental Science at Ohio State University in 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) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati (2000-2001).


 “I’ll never forget the day near the end of first semester physics when Dr. Snider took the class outside for an informal chat.  He asked what we wanted to do with a physics degree, and while few of us had concrete answers, his response was encouraging.  He said, ‘With a physics degree you can do anything you want.’  He must have been anticipating my career as I have drifted away from the field, but not far from the skills I learned.”   Brian D. Fath, BS Physics and Aeronautics 1990


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