Dr. William (Bill) Fagan was part of the initial leadership team at SESYNC, helping to develop the ideas behind SESYNC, obtain National Science Foundation funding, and design the Center’s operational procedures. Bill served as Director for Research Innovation at SESYNC for two years, and in that role, he identified opportunities for synthesis research and recruited internationally respected scholars to conduct group research at the center. He also played a large role in coordinating interactions between SESYNC and its international partners, including the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDIV) in Germany. Bill is a Distinguished University Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Maryland. Over the years, he has worked on a diverse array of topics in theoretical ecology, conservation biology, and spatial ecology. He received his PhD from the University of Washington in Zoology in 1996.