Brian Fath

Professor

Brian Fath

Contact Information

PHONE
OFFICE
Smith Hall, Room No.273
E-MAIL
HOURS
Tuesday & Thursday 11am-1230pm

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

Jørgensen SE, Fath BD, Nielsen SN, Pulselli F, Fiscus D, Bastianoni S. 2015. Flourishing Within Limits to Growth: Following nature’s way. Earthscan Publisher.

Häyhä T, Franzese PP, Paletto A, Fath BD. 2015. Assessing the cumulative environmental impact of hydropower construction on river systems based on energy network model. Mapping, assessing and valuing ecosystem services in Alpine forests. Ecosystem Services. 14, 12–23.

Fath BD, Dean CA, Katzmair H. 2015. Navigating the adaptive cycle: an approach to managing the resilience of social systems. Ecology and Society. 20 (2), 24.

Fath BD. 2015. Quantifying Economic and Ecological Sustainability. Ocean and Coastal Management 108, 13–19.

Chen S, Chen B, Fath BD. 2015. Assessing the cumulative environmental impact of hydropower construction on river systems based on energy network model. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 42, 78–92.

Fath BD. 2014. Sustainable systems promote wholeness-extending transformations: The contributions of systems thinking. Ecological Modelling 293, 42–48.

Zhang Y, Zheng H, Fath BD, Liu H, Yang Z, Liu G, Su M. 2014. Ecological network analysis of an urban metabolic system based on input-output tables: Model development and case study for Beijing. Science of the Total Environment 468, 642–653.

Zheng H, Fath BD, Zhang Y. 2017. An Urban Metabolism and Carbon Footprint Analysis of the Jing–Jin–Ji Regional Agglomeration. Journal of Industrial Ecology 21(1), 166–179.

 Kharrazi A, Rovenskaya E, Fath BD.  2017. Network Structure Impacts Global Commodity Trade Growth and Resilience. PlosOne 190, 243–251.

Haak DM, Fath BD, Forbes VE, Martin DR, Pope KL.  2017. Coupling ecological and social network models to assess "transmission" and "contagion" of an aquatic invasive species. Journal of Environmental Management 190, 243–251.

Fath BD.  2017. Systems ecology, energy networks, and a path to sustainability. Prigogine Lecture. International Journal of Ecodynamics 12(1), 1–15.

Li Z, Wu W, Liu X, Fath BD, Sun H, Liu X, Xiao X, Cao J. 2016. Land use/cover change and regional climate change in an arid grassland ecosystem of Inner Mongolia, China. Ecological Modelling 353, 86–94.

Kharrazi A, Fath BD. 2016. Measuring global oil trade dependencies: An application of the point-wise mutual information method. Energy Policy 88, 271–277.

Jørgensen SE, Fath BD, Nielsen SN, Pulselli F, Fiscus D, Bastianoni S. 2015. Flourishing Within Limits to Growth: Following nature’s way. Earthscan Publisher.

Fath BD, Dean CA, Katzmair H. 2015. Navigating the adaptive cycle: an approach to managing the resilience of social systems. Ecology and Society. 20 (2), 24.

Fath BD. 2015. Quantifying Economic and Ecological Sustainability. Ocean and Coastal Management 108, 13–19.

Fath BD. 2014. Sustainable systems promote wholeness-extending transformations: The contributions of systems thinking. Ecological Modelling 293, 42–48.

Goerner S, Fiscus DA, Fath BD. 2015. Using Energy Network Science (ENS) to connect resilience with the larger story of systemic health and development. Emergence: Complexity & Organization 17, 3.

Courses Taught

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