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Name: Brian Czech
Member Since: October 18th, 2006
Member Name: Brian.czech

Brian Czech has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.S. from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. An active member of The Wildlife Society, he is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with 20 years of public service in federal, state, and tribal governments. He currently serves as Conservation Biologist in the national office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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. He has had more than 50 articles published in over 20 scientific and professional journals, indicating the transdisciplinary nature of his research interests. 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.

Czech is also the 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.

Czech is the author of Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train; Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders, and a Plan to Stop Them All, 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. 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.