Dr. Brian Fath, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Towson University and Editor-in-Chief, Ecological Modelling
“Investigations of sustainability and resilience using a network of networks approach”
Friday 21st September, 12-1pm, HFSB 102
WFSC/ABS co-sponsored seminar with Dr. Fath. He will talk about his research in the area of systems ecology and network analysis applied to the sustainability and resilience of socio-ecological systems.
Abstract: Sustainability is a system-level property of the structure and function of the system in question. Key features of sustainable systems are energy and material resource flows and waste recovery and the presence and maintenance of autocatalytic cycles that build, dissipate, and regenerate resource gradients. A resilient system is one that is able to successfully navigate all stages of the adaptive cycle. This view focuses on sustaining life processes rather than piecemeal solutions to specific symptoms. In this study, network analysis is used to assess the impact of an invasive species on the food web in a series of Nebraska reservoirs. The introduction of the invasive species is mediated by a social network of anglers moving from place to place. Using this approach it is possible to promote management options to control the spread of the invasive species.
For more information on Dr. Fath please visit his website: https://www.towson.edu/fcsm/departments/biology/facultystaff/bfath.html