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Office Phone: 301.405.4672
Lab Phone: 301.405.4512
Fax: 301.314.9358
Office Address: 3235 Biology-Psychology Bldg
William Fagan
Distinguished University Professor

Teaching

  • BSCI 160: Principles of Ecology and Evolution
  • HONR 238N: Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar--Extinction Risk: Where Biology, Geography, and Mathematics Meet
  • BIOL 708T: Theoretical Ecology
  • BIOL 708U: Practicum in Data Analysis

Graduate Program Affiliations

  • Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES)
  • BISI - BISI-Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, & Genomics (CBBG)
  • BISI - BISI-Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, & Systematics (BEES)
  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation (AMSC) Program

Research Interests

My research involves meshing field biology with theoretical models to address critical questions in community ecology and conservation biology. I believe that ecological theory will be strengthened if it is forced to help solve real-world problems, and that conservation biology involves difficult choices that demand quantitative approaches. My ongoing research falls in several areas that illustrate this melding of theory and problem-solving, including 1) spatial ecological dynamics, 2) ecoinformatics, biodiversity databases, and conservation planning, and 3) animal movement ecology.

Please see my lab website for information on current projects. 


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Awards

  • Board of Visitors Distinguished Faculty Award, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, UMD, 2020
  • Best Paper Award for the journal Infectious Disease Modeling for 2016-2018, 2019
  • Fellow (Elected), Ecological Society of America, 2013
  • Fellow (Elected), American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012
  • Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, UMD, 2010
  • College of Chemical and Life Sciences Research Award, UMD, 2009
  • Presidential Award, The American Society of Naturalists, for best paper in American Naturalist in 2005 for:  Fagan, W.F., M.A. Lewis, M. Neubert, C. Aumann, J. Apple, and J.G. Bishop. 2005. When can herbivores reverse the spread of an invading plant? A test case from Mount St. Helens. American Naturalist. 166: 669-686.
  • Guggenheim Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2001-2002

Education

Ph.D., University of Washington, 1996. Conservation Biology, Community Ecology, Theoretical Ecology.


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Latest Publications via PubMed

Zambrano J,Arellano G,Swenson NG,Staniczenko PPA,Thompson J,Fagan WF
Ecology. 2022 Jun;103(6):e3681. doi: 10.1002/ecy.3681. Epub 2022 Apr 20
Demers J,Robertson SL,Bewick S,Fagan WF
J Math Biol. 2022 May 5;84(6):48. doi: 10.1007/s00285-022-01742-2. Epub 2022 May 5
Rappaport DI,Swain A,Fagan WF,Dubayah R,Morton DC
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 May 3;119(18):e2102878119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2102878119. Epub 2022 Apr 26
Mainali KP,Slud E,Singer MC,Fagan WF
Sci Adv. 2022 Jan 28;8(4):eabj9204. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abj9204. Epub 2022 Jan 26
Swain A,Fussell L,Fagan WF
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 Jan 4;119(1):. pii: e2020956119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2020956119. Epub
Mallon JM,Bildstein KL,Fagan WF
Mov Ecol. 2021 Jul 10;9(1):39. doi: 10.1186/s40462-021-00274-6. Epub 2021 Jul 10
Weissman JL,Dogra S,Javadi K,Bolten S,Flint R,Davati C,Beattie J,Dixit K,Peesay T,Awan S,Thielen P,Breitwieser F,Johnson PLF,Karig D,Fagan WF,Bewick S
BMC Bioinformatics. 2021 Jun 7;22(1):306. doi: 10.1186/s12859-021-04216-2. Epub 2021 Jun 7
Kauffman MJ,Cagnacci F,Chamaillé-Jammes S,Hebblewhite M,Hopcraft JGC,Merkle JA,Mueller T,Mysterud A,Peters W,Roettger C,Steingisser A,Meacham JE,Abera K,Adamczewski J,Aikens EO,Bartlam-Brooks H,Bennitt E,Berger J,Boyd C,Côté SD,Debeffe L,Dekrout AS,Dejid N,Donadio E,Dziba L,Fagan WF,Fischer C,Focardi S,Fryxell JM,Fynn RWS,Geremia C,González BA,Gunn A,Gurarie E,Heurich M,Hilty J,Hurley M,Johnson A,Joly K,Kaczensky P,Kendall CJ,Kochkarev P,Kolpaschikov L,Kowalczyk R,van Langevelde F,Li BV,Lobora AL,Loison A,Madiri TH,Mallon D,Marchand P,Medellin RA,Meisingset E,Merrill E,Middleton AD,Monteith KL,Morjan M,Morrison TA,Mumme S,Naidoo R,Novaro A,Ogutu JO,Olson KA,Oteng-Yeboah A,Ovejero RJA,Owen-Smith N,Paasivaara A,Packer C,Panchenko D,Pedrotti L,Plumptre AJ,Rolandsen CM,Said S,Salemgareyev A,Savchenko A,Savchenko P,Sawyer H,Selebatso M,Skroch M,Solberg E,Stabach JA,Strand O,Suitor MJ,Tachiki Y,Trainor A,Tshipa A,Virani MZ,Vynne C,Ward S,Wittemyer G,Xu W,Zuther S
Science. 2021 May 7;372(6542):566-569. doi: 10.1126/science.abf0998. Epub
Swain A,Devereux M,Fagan WF
iScience. 2021 Apr 23;24(4):102271. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2021.102271. Epub 2021 Mar 4
Stratmann TSM,Dejid N,Calabrese JM,Fagan WF,Fleming CH,Olson KA,Mueller T
PLoS One. 2021;16(2):e0246809. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0246809. Epub 2021 Feb 12
Lin HY,Fagan WF,Jabin PE
J Theor Biol. 2021 Jan 7;508:110486. doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2020.110486. Epub 2020 Sep 14
Mainali K,Hefley T,Ries L,Fagan WF
Conserv Biol. 2020 Oct;34(5):1292-1304. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13492. Epub 2020 Aug 23
Fagan WF,Gurarie E
Curr Biol. 2020 Sep 7;30(17):R991-R993. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.06.088. Epub
Demers J,Bewick S,Agusto F,Caillouët KA,Fagan WF,Robertson SL
PLoS Comput Biol. 2020 Aug;16(8):e1008136. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1008136. Epub 2020 Aug 21
Martinez-Garcia R,Fleming CH,Seppelt R,Fagan WF,Calabrese JM
J Theor Biol. 2020 Aug 7;498:110267. doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2020.110267. Epub 2020 Apr 7
Noonan MJ,Fleming CH,Tucker MA,Kays R,Harrison AL,Crofoot MC,Abrahms B,Alberts SC,Ali AH,Altmann J,Antunes PC,Attias N,Belant JL,Beyer DE Jr,Bidner LR,Blaum N,Boone RB,Caillaud D,de Paula RC,de la Torre JA,Dekker J,DePerno CS,Farhadinia M,Fennessy J,Fichtel C,Fischer C,Ford A,Goheen JR,Havmøller RW,Hirsch BT,Hurtado C,Isbell LA,Janssen R,Jeltsch F,Kaczensky P,Kaneko Y,Kappeler P,Katna A,Kauffman M,Koch F,Kulkarni A,LaPoint S,Leimgruber P,Macdonald DW,Markham AC,McMahon L,Mertes K,Moorman CE,Morato RG,Moßbrucker AM,Mourão G,O'Connor D,Oliveira-Santos LGR,Pastorini J,Patterson BD,Rachlow J,Ranglack DH,Reid N,Scantlebury DM,Scott DM,Selva N,Sergiel A,Songer M,Songsasen N,Stabach JA,Stacy-Dawes J,Swingen MB,Thompson JJ,Ullmann W,Vanak AT,Thaker M,Wilson JW,Yamazaki K,Yarnell RW,Zieba F,Zwijacz-Kozica T,Fagan WF,Mueller T,Calabrese JM
Conserv Biol. 2020 Aug;34(4):1017-1028. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13495. Epub 2020 Jun 18
Liao J,Bearup D,Fagan WF
Ecology. 2020 Jun;101(6):e03026. doi: 10.1002/ecy.3026. Epub 2020 Mar 30
Thompson PR,Fagan WF,Staniczenko PPA
Ecol Evol. 2020 Apr;10(7):3293-3304. doi: 10.1002/ece3.6096. Epub 2020 Mar 2
Kattge J,Bönisch G,Díaz S,Lavorel S,Prentice IC,Leadley P,Tautenhahn S,Werner GDA,Aakala T,Abedi M,Acosta ATR,Adamidis GC,Adamson K,Aiba M,Albert CH,Alcántara JM,Alcázar C C,Aleixo I,Ali H,Amiaud B,Ammer C,Amoroso MM,Anand M,Anderson C,Anten N,Antos J,Apgaua DMG,Ashman TL,Asmara DH,Asner GP,Aspinwall M,Atkin O,Aubin I,Baastrup-Spohr L,Bahalkeh K,Bahn M,Baker T,Baker WJ,Bakker JP,Baldocchi D,Baltzer J,Banerjee A,Baranger A,Barlow J,Barneche DR,Baruch Z,Bastianelli D,Battles J,Bauerle W,Bauters M,Bazzato E,Beckmann M,Beeckman H,Beierkuhnlein C,Bekker R,Belfry G,Belluau M,Beloiu M,Benavides R,Benomar L,Berdugo-Lattke ML,Berenguer E,Bergamin R,Bergmann J,Bergmann Carlucci M,Berner L,Bernhardt-Römermann M,Bigler C,Bjorkman AD,Blackman C,Blanco C,Blonder B,Blumenthal D,Bocanegra-González KT,Boeckx P,Bohlman S,Böhning-Gaese K,Boisvert-Marsh L,Bond W,Bond-Lamberty B,Boom A,Boonman CCF,Bordin K,Boughton EH,Boukili V,Bowman DMJS,Bravo S,Brendel MR,Broadley MR,Brown KA,Bruelheide H,Brumnich F,Bruun HH,Bruy D,Buchanan SW,Bucher SF,Buchmann N,Buitenwerf R,Bunker DE,Bürger J,Burrascano S,Burslem DFRP,Butterfield BJ,Byun C,Marques M,Scalon MC,Caccianiga M,Cadotte M,Cailleret M,Camac J,Camarero JJ,Campany C,Campetella G,Campos JA,Cano-Arboleda L,Canullo R,Carbognani M,Carvalho F,Casanoves F,Castagneyrol B,Catford JA,Cavender-Bares J,Cerabolini BEL,Cervellini M,Chacón-Madrigal E,Chapin K,Chapin FS,Chelli S,Chen SC,Chen A,Cherubini P,Chianucci F,Choat B,Chung KS,Chytrý M,Ciccarelli D,Coll L,Collins CG,Conti L,Coomes D,Cornelissen JHC,Cornwell WK,Corona P,Coyea M,Craine J,Craven D,Cromsigt JPGM,Csecserits A,Cufar K,Cuntz M,da Silva AC,Dahlin KM,Dainese M,Dalke I,Dalle Fratte M,Dang-Le AT,Danihelka J,Dannoura M,Dawson S,de Beer AJ,De Frutos A,De Long JR,Dechant B,Delagrange S,Delpierre N,Derroire G,Dias AS,Diaz-Toribio MH,Dimitrakopoulos PG,Dobrowolski M,Doktor D,Dřevojan P,Dong N,Dransfield J,Dressler S,Duarte L,Ducouret E,Dullinger S,Durka W,Duursma R,Dymova O,E-Vojtkó A,Eckstein RL,Ejtehadi H,Elser J,Emilio T,Engemann K,Erfanian MB,Erfmeier A,Esquivel-Muelbert A,Esser G,Estiarte M,Domingues TF,Fagan WF,Fagúndez J,Falster DS,Fan Y,Fang J,Farris E,Fazlioglu F,Feng Y,Fernandez-Mendez F,Ferrara C,Ferreira J,Fidelis A,Finegan B,Firn J,Flowers TJ,Flynn DFB,Fontana V,Forey E,Forgiarini C,François L,Frangipani M,Frank D,Frenette-Dussault C,Freschet GT,Fry EL,Fyllas NM,Mazzochini GG,Gachet S,Gallagher R,Ganade G,Ganga F,García-Palacios P,Gargaglione V,Garnier E,Garrido JL,de Gasper AL,Gea-Izquierdo G,Gibson D,Gillison AN,Giroldo A,Glasenhardt MC,Gleason S,Gliesch M,Goldberg E,Göldel B,Gonzalez-Akre E,Gonzalez-Andujar JL,González-Melo A,González-Robles A,Graae BJ,Granda E,Graves S,Green WA,Gregor T,Gross N,Guerin GR,Günther A,Gutiérrez AG,Haddock L,Haines A,Hall J,Hambuckers A,Han W,Harrison SP,Hattingh W,Hawes JE,He T,He P,Heberling JM,Helm A,Hempel S,Hentschel J,Hérault B,Hereş AM,Herz K,Heuertz M,Hickler T,Hietz P,Higuchi P,Hipp AL,Hirons A,Hock M,Hogan JA,Holl K,Honnay O,Hornstein D,Hou E,Hough-Snee N,Hovstad KA,Ichie T,Igić B,Illa E,Isaac M,Ishihara M,Ivanov L,Ivanova L,Iversen CM,Izquierdo J,Jackson RB,Jackson B,Jactel H,Jagodzinski AM,Jandt U,Jansen S,Jenkins T,Jentsch A,Jespersen JRP,Jiang GF,Johansen JL,Johnson D,Jokela EJ,Joly CA,Jordan GJ,Joseph GS,Junaedi D,Junker RR,Justes E,Kabzems R,Kane J,Kaplan Z,Kattenborn T,Kavelenova L,Kearsley E,Kempel A,Kenzo T,Kerkhoff A,Khalil MI,Kinlock NL,Kissling WD,Kitajima K,Kitzberger T,Kjøller R,Klein T,Kleyer M,Klimešová J,Klipel J,Kloeppel B,Klotz S,Knops JMH,Kohyama T,Koike F,Kollmann J,Komac B,Komatsu K,König C,Kraft NJB,Kramer K,Kreft H,Kühn I,Kumarathunge D,Kuppler J,Kurokawa H,Kurosawa Y,Kuyah S,Laclau JP,Lafleur B,Lallai E,Lamb E,Lamprecht A,Larkin DJ,Laughlin D,Le Bagousse-Pinguet Y,le Maire G,le Roux PC,le Roux E,Lee T,Lens F,Lewis SL,Lhotsky B,Li Y,Li X,Lichstein JW,Liebergesell M,Lim JY,Lin YS,Linares JC,Liu C,Liu D,Liu U,Livingstone S,Llusià J,Lohbeck M,López-García Á,Lopez-Gonzalez G,Lososová Z,Louault F,Lukács BA,Lukeš P,Luo Y,Lussu M,Ma S,Maciel Rabelo Pereira C,Mack M,Maire V,Mäkelä A,Mäkinen H,Malhado ACM,Mallik A,Manning P,Manzoni S,Marchetti Z,Marchino L,Marcilio-Silva V,Marcon E,Marignani M,Markesteijn L,Martin A,Martínez-Garza C,Martínez-Vilalta J,Mašková T,Mason K,Mason N,Massad TJ,Masse J,Mayrose I,McCarthy J,McCormack ML,McCulloh K,McFadden IR,McGill BJ,McPartland MY,Medeiros JS,Medlyn B,Meerts P,Mehrabi Z,Meir P,Melo FPL,Mencuccini M,Meredieu C,Messier J,Mészáros I,Metsaranta J,Michaletz ST,Michelaki C,Migalina S,Milla R,Miller JED,Minden V,Ming R,Mokany K,Moles AT,Molnár A 5th,Molofsky J,Molz M,Montgomery RA,Monty A,Moravcová L,Moreno-Martínez A,Moretti M,Mori AS,Mori S,Morris D,Morrison J,Mucina L,Mueller S,Muir CD,Müller SC,Munoz F,Myers-Smith IH,Myster RW,Nagano M,Naidu S,Narayanan A,Natesan B,Negoita L,Nelson AS,Neuschulz EL,Ni J,Niedrist G,Nieto J,Niinemets Ü,Nolan R,Nottebrock H,Nouvellon Y,Novakovskiy A,Nutrient Network.,Nystuen KO,O'Grady A,O'Hara K,O'Reilly-Nugent A,Oakley S,Oberhuber W,Ohtsuka T,Oliveira R,Öllerer K,Olson ME,Onipchenko V,Onoda Y,Onstein RE,Ordonez JC,Osada N,Ostonen I,Ottaviani G,Otto S,Overbeck GE,Ozinga WA,Pahl AT,Paine CET,Pakeman RJ,Papageorgiou AC,Parfionova E,Pärtel M,Patacca M,Paula S,Paule J,Pauli H,Pausas JG,Peco B,Penuelas J,Perea A,Peri PL,Petisco-Souza AC,Petraglia A,Petritan AM,Phillips OL,Pierce S,Pillar VD,Pisek J,Pomogaybin A,Poorter H,Portsmuth A,Poschlod P,Potvin C,Pounds D,Powell AS,Power SA,Prinzing A,Puglielli G,Pyšek P,Raevel V,Rammig A,Ransijn J,Ray CA,Reich PB,Reichstein M,Reid DEB,Réjou-Méchain M,de Dios VR,Ribeiro S,Richardson S,Riibak K,Rillig MC,Riviera F,Robert EMR,Roberts S,Robroek B,Roddy A,Rodrigues AV,Rogers A,Rollinson E,Rolo V,Römermann C,Ronzhina D,Roscher C,Rosell JA,Rosenfield MF,Rossi C,Roy DB,Royer-Tardif S,Rüger N,Ruiz-Peinado R,Rumpf SB,Rusch GM,Ryo M,Sack L,Saldaña A,Salgado-Negret B,Salguero-Gomez R,Santa-Regina I,Santacruz-García AC,Santos J,Sardans J,Schamp B,Scherer-Lorenzen M,Schleuning M,Schmid B,Schmidt M,Schmitt S,Schneider JV,Schowanek SD,Schrader J,Schrodt F,Schuldt B,Schurr F,Selaya Garvizu G,Semchenko M,Seymour C,Sfair JC,Sharpe JM,Sheppard CS,Sheremetiev S,Shiodera S,Shipley B,Shovon TA,Siebenkäs A,Sierra C,Silva V,Silva M,Sitzia T,Sjöman H,Slot M,Smith NG,Sodhi D,Soltis P,Soltis D,Somers B,Sonnier G,Sørensen MV,Sosinski EE Jr,Soudzilovskaia NA,Souza AF,Spasojevic M,Sperandii MG,Stan AB,Stegen J,Steinbauer K,Stephan JG,Sterck F,Stojanovic DB,Strydom T,Suarez ML,Svenning JC,Svitková I,Svitok M,Svoboda M,Swaine E,Swenson N,Tabarelli M,Takagi K,Tappeiner U,Tarifa R,Tauugourdeau S,Tavsanoglu C,Te Beest M,Tedersoo L,Thiffault N,Thom D,Thomas E,Thompson K,Thornton PE,Thuiller W,Tichý L,Tissue D,Tjoelker MG,Tng DYP,Tobias J,Török P,Tarin T,Torres-Ruiz JM,Tóthmérész B,Treurnicht M,Trivellone V,Trolliet F,Trotsiuk V,Tsakalos JL,Tsiripidis I,Tysklind N,Umehara T,Usoltsev V,Vadeboncoeur M,Vaezi J,Valladares F,Vamosi J,van Bodegom PM,van Breugel M,Van Cleemput E,van de Weg M,van der Merwe S,van der Plas F,van der Sande MT,van Kleunen M,Van Meerbeek K,Vanderwel M,Vanselow KA,Vårhammar A,Varone L,Vasquez Valderrama MY,Vassilev K,Vellend M,Veneklaas EJ,Verbeeck H,Verheyen K,Vibrans A,Vieira I,Villacís J,Violle C,Vivek P,Wagner K,Waldram M,Waldron A,Walker AP,Waller M,Walther G,Wang H,Wang F,Wang W,Watkins H,Watkins J,Weber U,Weedon JT,Wei L,Weigelt P,Weiher E,Wells AW,Wellstein C,Wenk E,Westoby M,Westwood A,White PJ,Whitten M,Williams M,Winkler DE,Winter K,Womack C,Wright IJ,Wright SJ,Wright J,Pinho BX,Ximenes F,Yamada T,Yamaji K,Yanai R,Yankov N,Yguel B,Zanini KJ,Zanne AE,Zelený D,Zhao YP,Zheng J,Zheng J,Ziemińska K,Zirbel CR,Zizka G,Zo-Bi IC,Zotz G,Wirth C
Glob Chang Biol. 2020 Jan;26(1):119-188. doi: 10.1111/gcb.14904. Epub 2019 Dec 31
Weissman JL,Fagan WF,Johnson PLF
PLoS Genet. 2019 Nov;15(11):e1008493. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1008493. Epub 2019 Nov 8