Brennen Fagan

Postdoctoral Research Associate,
Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity

Mathematics of Biodiversity Change

brennen.fagan@york.ac.uk

Biography

I received my undergraduate degree at California State University, Fresno, before coming to the University of York’s Department of Mathematics for a PhD in Mathematical Modelling on a departmental teaching studentship. My PhD work was with the York Historical Warfare Analysis Group, where we examined and modelled historical war data to better understand human conflict.

Working with the LCAB is a great opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration on essential problems: how do we enhance biodiversity and prevent its loss? Being a part of this team means seeing this problem through a variety of eyes and constructing actionable solutions.

Research

My interests lie in the applications of simulations, dynamical systems and data analysis. This has ranged from understanding historical decision-making (collaboration with Drs Horwood and Price, York St John) and understanding how battle deaths data has changed (Dr Knight, York) to studying coalescence and fragmentation system robustness (Dr Pushkin, York).

My current mathematical interests also include graph theory, game theory and causality. My current LCAB projects are studying the robustness of food webs, translocations, and interactions between food webs with Dr Jon Pitchford. The ultimate goal is to understand the sensitivity of food webs to translocations so that artificial food webs can be engineered safely and reliably.

Publication Highlights

BT Fagan, MI Knight, NJ MacKay, and AJ Wood. Change point analysis of historical battle deaths. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 183(3):909 –933, 2020b.

B Fagan, I Horwood, N MacKay, C Price, E Richards, and AJ Wood. Bootstrapping the Battle of Britain. 84(1):151 – 86, January 2020a. Available upon request. 

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Contact us

Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity
lcab-enquiries@york.ac.uk
@AnthropoceneBio

Contact us

Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity
lcab-enquiries@york.ac.uk
@AnthropoceneBio