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Contact Info
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.


All Publications

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Latest Publications via PubMed

Pervenecki TJ,Bewick S,Otto G,Fagan WF,Li B
Math Biosci. 2024 May 24;374:109221. doi: 10.1016/j.mbs.2024.109221. Epub 2024 May 24
Swain A,Woodhouse A,Fagan WF,Fraass AJ,Lowery CM
Nature. 2024 May;629(8012):616-623. doi: 10.1038/s41586-024-07337-9. Epub 2024 Apr 17
Zhang H,Bearup D,Barabás G,Fagan WF,Nijs I,Chen D,Liao J
Ecology. 2023 Dec;104(12):e4177. doi: 10.1002/ecy.4177. Epub 2023 Oct 17
Guo G,Barabás G,Takimoto G,Bearup D,Fagan WF,Chen D,Liao J
Ecol Lett. 2023 Nov;26(11):1926-1939. doi: 10.1111/ele.14305. Epub 2023 Sep 11
Barbour N,Shillinger GL,Gurarie E,Hoover AL,Gaspar P,Temple-Boyer J,Candela T,Fagan WF,Bailey H
Conserv Biol. 2023 Oct;37(5):e14114. doi: 10.1111/cobi.14114. Epub 2023 Jul 29
Tucker MA,Schipper AM,Adams TSF,Attias N,Avgar T,Babic NL,Barker KJ,Bastille-Rousseau G,Behr DM,Belant JL,Beyer DE Jr,Blaum N,Blount JD,Bockmühl D,Pires Boulhosa RL,Brown MB,Buuveibaatar B,Cagnacci F,Calabrese JM,Černe R,Chamaillé-Jammes S,Chan AN,Chase MJ,Chaval Y,Chenaux-Ibrahim Y,Cherry SG,Ćirović D,Çoban E,Cole EK,Conlee L,Courtemanch A,Cozzi G,Davidson SC,DeBloois D,Dejid N,DeNicola V,Desbiez ALJ,Douglas-Hamilton I,Drake D,Egan M,Eikelboom JAJ,Fagan WF,Farmer MJ,Fennessy J,Finnegan SP,Fleming CH,Fournier B,Fowler NL,Gantchoff MG,Garnier A,Gehr B,Geremia C,Goheen JR,Hauptfleisch ML,Hebblewhite M,Heim M,Hertel AG,Heurich M,Hewison AJM,Hodson J,Hoffman N,Hopcraft JGC,Huber D,Isaac EJ,Janik K,Ježek M,Johansson Ö,Jordan NR,Kaczensky P,Kamaru DN,Kauffman MJ,Kautz TM,Kays R,Kelly AP,Kindberg J,Krofel M,Kusak J,Lamb CT,LaSharr TN,Leimgruber P,Leitner H,Lierz M,Linnell JDC,Lkhagvaja P,Long RA,López-Bao JV,Loretto MC,Marchand P,Martin H,Martinez LA,McBride RT Jr,McLaren AAD,Meisingset E,Melzheimer J,Merrill EH,Middleton AD,Monteith KL,Moore SA,Van Moorter B,Morellet N,Morrison T,Müller R,Mysterud A,Noonan MJ,O'Connor D,Olson D,Olson KA,Ortega AC,Ossi F,Panzacchi M,Patchett R,Patterson BR,de Paula RC,Payne J,Peters W,Petroelje TR,Pitcher BJ,Pokorny B,Poole K,Potočnik H,Poulin MP,Pringle RM,Prins HHT,Ranc N,Reljić S,Robb B,Röder R,Rolandsen CM,Rutz C,Salemgareyev AR,Samelius G,Sayine-Crawford H,Schooler S,Şekercioğlu ÇH,Selva N,Semenzato P,Sergiel A,Sharma K,Shawler AL,Signer J,Silovský V,Silva JP,Simon R,Smiley RA,Smith DW,Solberg EJ,Ellis-Soto D,Spiegel O,Stabach J,Stacy-Dawes J,Stahler DR,Stephenson J,Stewart C,Strand O,Sunde P,Svoboda NJ,Swart J,Thompson JJ,Toal KL,Uiseb K,VanAcker MC,Velilla M,Verzuh TL,Wachter B,Wagler BL,Whittington J,Wikelski M,Wilmers CC,Wittemyer G,Young JK,Zięba F,Zwijacz-Kozica T,Huijbregts MAJ,Mueller T
Science. 2023 Jun 9;380(6649):1059-1064. doi: 10.1126/science.abo6499. Epub 2023 Jun 8
Demers J,Fagan WF,Potluri S,Calabrese JM
Infect Dis Model. 2023 Jun;8(2):514-538. doi: 10.1016/j.idm.2023.04.007. Epub 2023 May 16
Barbour N,Bailey H,Fagan WF,Mustin W,Baboolal V,Casella F,Candela T,Gaspar P,Williamson S,Turla E,Shillinger GL
Animals (Basel). 2023 Mar 31;13(7):. doi: 10.3390/ani13071218. Epub 2023 Mar 31
Fagan WF,McBride F,Koralov L
J R Soc Interface. 2023 Mar;20(200):20220700. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2022.0700. Epub 2023 Mar 29
Swain A,Azevedo-Schmidt LE,Maccracken SA,Currano ED,Dunne JA,Labandeira CC,Fagan WF
Ecology. 2023 Mar;104(3):e3922. doi: 10.1002/ecy.3922. Epub 2023 Jan 6
Woodhouse A,Swain A,Fagan WF,Fraass AJ,Lowery CM
Nature. 2023 Feb;614(7949):713-718. doi: 10.1038/s41586-023-05694-5. Epub 2023 Feb 15
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):. 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