Brian Fath

Professor

Brian Fath

Contact Information

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Smith Hall, Room No.273

Education

B.S. Physics & B.S. Aeronautics, Miami University
M.S. Environmental Science, Ohio State University
Ph.D. Ecology, University of Georgia

Areas of Expertise

Systems ecology, network analysis, sustainability, environmental assessment

Biography

The goal of my research is to understand better Sustainability Science, which I address using three different approaches: network analysis, integrated environmental assessment, and complex systems science. Sustainability Science is a critically important area that encompasses a broad range of research interests including ecosystem services, biodiversity, natural resources, human cultures, and specific environments. I use network analysis to investigate thermodynamic sustainability indicators. These indicators are often referred to as ecological goal functions, which are used to describe the direction of development that ecosystem properties such as energy or exergy flow, biomass production, or respiration undergo during succession. These metrics help understand the overall behavior and health of that system and its response due to perturbations. A main advantage to using network analysis is the ability to view the ecosystem as a connected web of interactions. I like to think that it is a more holistic approach because it considers the behavior of individual compartments as embedded in a larger network of interactions. I am also interested in how ecosystems interact with human systems and vice versa. Integrated environmental assessment is an interdisciplinary and social process linking knowledge and action in public policy aimed at identifying and analyzing interactions of natural and human processes which determine both the current and future states of environmental quality.

Recent Publications

 

Fath BD, Fiscus DA, Goerner SJ, Berea A, Ulanowicz RE. 2019. Measuring regenerative economics: 10 principles and measures undergirding systemic economic health. Global Transitions 1, 15-27. doi.org/10.1016/j.glt.2019.02.002.

Fath BD, Asmus H, Asmus R, Baird D, Borrett SR, de Jonge VN, Ludovisi A, Niquil N, Scharler UM, Schückel U, Wolff M. 2019. Ecological network analysis metrics: The need for an entire ecosystem approach in management and policy. Ocean and Coastal Management 174, 1-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2019.03.007

Li Z, Wang Z, Liu X, Fath BD, Liu X, Xu Y, Hutjes R, Kroeze C. 2019. Causal relationship in the interaction between land cover change and underlying surface climate in the grassland ecosystems in China. Science of the Total Environment 647, 1080-1087. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.401

Chen S, Liu Z, Chen B, Zhu F, Fath BD, Liang S, Su M, Yang J 2019. Dynamic Carbon Emission Linkages Across Boundaries. Earth's Future, DOI: 10.1029/2018EF000811

Wang S, Fath B, Chen B. 2019. Energy–water nexus under energy mix scenarios using input–output and ecological network analyses. Applied Energy 233-234, 827-839.

Li Z, Wang Z, Liu X, Fath BD, Liu X, Xu Y, Hutjes R, Kroeze C. 2019. Causal relationship in the interaction between land cover change and underlying surface climate in the grassland ecosystems in China. Science of the Total Environment 647, 1080-1087. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.401

Fiscus DA, Fath BD. 2018. Foundations for Sustainability: A Coherent Framework of Life–Environment Relations. Academic Press. London.

Fath BD (Editor in Chief). 2018. Encyclopedia of Ecology 2nd edition. Elsevier, London. 4 Vol.

Li J, Zhang Y, Liu N, Fath BD, Hao Y. 2018. Flow analysis of the carbon metabolic processes in Beijing using carbon imbalance and external dependence indices. Journal of Cleaner Production 201, 295-307. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.07.306

Auad G, Blythe J, Coffman K, Fath BD. 2018. A Dynamic Management Framework for Socio-Ecological System Stewardship: A Case Study for the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.  Journal of Environmental Management 225, 32– 5.

Pérez-Guzmána K, Téllez-Leónb I-E, Kharrazi A, Fath B, Venegas-Martíneze F.  2018. What makes Input-Output Tables of Trade of Raw Material Goods Peculiar Networks? The World and Mexican Cases. Revista Mexicana de Economía y Finanzas Nueva Época, 13(4), 483–505.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21919/remef.v13i4.334

Cazzolla Gatti R., Fath B, Hordijk W, Kauffman S, Ulanowicz R. 2018. Niche emergence as an autocatalytic process in the evolution of ecosystems. Journal of Theoretical Biology 454, 110–117.

Riera R, Rodríguez RA, Delgado JD, Herrera AM, Fath BD. 2018. Endorheic currents in ecology: an example of the effects from scientific specialization and interdisciplinary isolation. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 43(2), 175–191.

Zhang, Y., Wu, Q., Fath, B.D. 2018. Review of spatial analysis of urban carbon metabolism. Ecological Modelling 371, 18–24.

Patten BC, Fath BD. 2018. Notes from an introductory course on Field Systems Ecology. Ecological Modelling 368, 33–40.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 105 Environmental Biology 
  • BIOL 306 Human Ecology and Sustainability 
  • ENVS 604 Ecosystem Ecology