Dr. Brian Czech is an author, teacher, and full-time conservation biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he received a 2010 Star Award for outstanding performance. He has played a leading role in engaging the environmental sciences and natural resources professions in ecological economics and macroeconomic policy dialogue.

Czech is president of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE), a non-profit organization based in Arlington, Virginia. The mission of CASSE is to educate the public and policy makers on the fundamental conflict between economic growth and: 1) environmental protection; 2) economic sustainability; 3) national security, and; 4) international stability.

His first book Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train: Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders, and a Plan to Stop Them All (2002), which calls for replacing the national goal of economic growth with the goal of a steady state economy and a paradigm shift away from conspicuous consumption, has become a popular manifesto for Ecological Economists as a roadmap to a sustainable future. He has also produced a video, The Steady State Revolution: Uniting Scientists and Citizens for a Sustainable Society.  He is also the author (with Paul R. Krausman) of The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy, a textbook for graduate courses on the Endangered Species Act and a primer for policy makers.

Dr. Czech has authored and edited dozens of scientific publications (more than 50 articles published in over 20 scientific and professional journals, indicating the transdisciplinary nature of his research interests), organized and appeared as a guest speaker at symposiums, seminars, and conferences, received many awards for his work in the field, and serves on several national roundtables pertaining to ecological, economic, and social sustainability.

Czech is also a visiting assistant professor at Virginia Tech and teaches ecological economics and endangered species policy and management at the Northern Campus in Falls Church. He is also an adjunct professor with the University of Idaho. In recent years his emphases have been the ecological macroeconomics of biodiversity conservation, using theoretical and empirical approaches, and the political economy of environmental protection.

He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with 20 years of public service in federal, state, and tribal governments, and an active member of The Wildlife Society, Society for Conservation Biology, International Society for Ecological Economics, American Economic Association, and Ecological Society of America.

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