Lang, Railsback & Associates
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University of Bergen (Norway), Ph.D., Biology, 2004

University of Illinois, M.S., Environmental Engineering, 1981

University of Illinois, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1979



Lang, Railsback & Assoc., Consulting Research Scientist


Humboldt State University, Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics


Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Research Associate


Entrix, Inc., Staff Scientist


U.S. Army, Fort Richardson, Alaska, Environmental Engineer and Environmental Branch Chief


U.S. Army, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Environmental Engineer 



Registered Civil Engineer, California license no. C 041059
Graduation with highest honors, University of Illinois
Member: American Society of Civil Engineers, American Fisheries Society, Ecological Society of America
Member, Board of Directors, Swarm Development Group (a non-profit corporation supporting agent-based simulation in the study of complex systems)
Invited presentations on modeling ecological complexity: Environmental Research Center Leipzig-Halle (Germany), Los Alamos National Laboratory Center for Nonlinear Studies, Santa Fe Institute, Simon Fraser University, University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems, 5th International Conference on Ecological Informatics
Reviewer for journals including Adaptive Behavior, The American Naturalist, Biological Reviews, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Ecological Applications, Ecological Modelling, Ecology, Environmental Biology of Fishes, Environmental Management, Environmental Science and Technology, Games and Economic Behavior, Hydrobiologia, Journal of Fish Biology, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Reviews in Fisheries Science, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society


Grimm, V., and S. F. Railsback. Model the real, artificial, or stylized iguana? Artificial life and adaptive behavior can be linked through pattern-oriented modeling. Adaptive Behavior 17:309-312, 2009.

Harvey, B. C., and S. F. Railsback. Exploring the persistence of stream-dwelling trout populations under alternative real-world turbidity regimes with an individual-based model. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 138:348-360, 2009.

Railsback, S. F., and C. Chamberlin. Low energy homebrewing. Zymurgy 32(2): 24-31, 2009.

Railsback, S. F., and J. Kadvany. Demonstration flow assessment: judgment and visual observation in instream flow studies. Fisheries 33: 217-227, 2008.

Harvey, B. C., and S. F. Railsback. Estimating multi-factor cumulative watershed effects on fish populations with an individual-based model. Fisheries 32: 292-298, 2007.

Railsback, S. F., S. L. Lytinen, and S. K. Jackson. Agent-based simulation platforms: review and development recommendations. Simulation 82: 609-623, 2006.

Grimm, V., U. Berger, F. Bastiansen, S. Eliassen, V. Ginot, J. Giske, J. Goss-Custard, T. Grand, S. Heinz, G. Huse, A. Huth, J. U. Jepsen, C. Jørgensen, W. M. Mooij, B. Müller, G. Pe’er, C. Piou, S. F. Railsback, A. M. Robbins, M. M. Robbins, E. Rossmanith, N. Rüger, E. Strand, S. Souissi, R. A. Stillman, R. Vabø, U. Visser, and D. L. DeAngelis. A standard protocol for describing individual-based and agent-based models. Ecological Modelling 198: 115-296, 2006.

Grand, T. C., S. F. Railsback, J. W. Hayes, and K. LaGory. A physical habitat model for predicting the effects of flow fluctuations in nursery habitats of the endangered Colorado pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus lucius). River Research and Applications 22: 1125-1142, 2006.

Grimm, V. and S. F. Railsback. Agent-based models in ecology: patterns and alternative theories of adaptive behaviour. In: Billari, F., T. Fent, A. Prskawetz, and J. Scheffran (eds.), Agent-based Computational Modelling; Applications in Demography, Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences. Physica Verlag, Heidelberg, 2006.

Grimm, V., E. Revilla, U. Berger, F. Jeltsch, W. M. Mooij, S. F. Railsback, H.-H. Thulke, J. Weiner, T. Wiegand, and D. L. DeAngelis. Pattern-oriented modeling of agent-based complex systems: lessons from ecology. Science 310: 987-991, 2005.

Grimm, V. and S. F. Railsback. Individual-based Modeling and Ecology. Princeton University Press, 2005.

Railsback, S. F., B. C. Harvey, J. W. Hayes, and K. E. LaGory. Tests of theory for diel variation in salmonid feeding activity and habitat use. Ecology 86: 947-959, 2005.

Railsback, S. F., H. B. Stauffer and B. C. Harvey. What can habitat preference models tell us? tests using a virtual trout population. Ecological Applications 13: 1580-1594, 2003.

Railsback, S. F. and B. C. Harvey. Analysis of habitat selection rules using an individual-based model. Ecology 83: 1817-1830, 2002.

Railsback, S. F., B. C. Harvey, R. R. Lamberson, D. E. Lee, N. J. Claasen and S. Yoshihara. Population-level analysis and validation of an individual-based cutthroat trout model. Natural Resource Modeling 15: 83-110, 2002.

Ropella, G. E. P., S. F. Railsback, and S. K. Jackson. Software engineering considerations for individual-based models. Natural Resource Modeling 15: 5-22, 2002.

Huse, G., S. Railsback and A. Fernø. Modelling changes in migration patterns of herring by numerical domination. Journal of Fish Biology 60: 571-582, 2002.

Railsback, S. F. Getting "results": the pattern-oriented approach to analyzing natural systems with individual-based models. Natural Resource Modeling 14: 465-474, 2001.

Railsback, S. F. Concepts from complex adaptive systems as a framework for individual-based modelling. Ecological Modelling 139: 47-62, 2001.

Kondolf, G. M., M. W. Smeltzer, and S. F. Railsback. Design and performance of a channel reconstruction project in a coastal California gravel-bed stream. Environmental Management 28: 761-776, 2001.

Railsback, S. F., R. H. Lamberson, B. C. Harvey, and W. E. Duffy. Movement rules for spatially explicit individual-based models of stream fish. Ecological Modelling 123: 73-89, 1999.

Railsback, S. F. Reducing uncertainties in instream flow studies (essay). Fisheries 24 (4): 24-26, 1999.

Railsback, S. F. and K. A. Rose. Bioenergetics modeling of stream trout growth: temperature and food consumption effects. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 128: 241-256, 1999.

Van Winkle, W., H. I. Jager, S. F. Railsback, B. D. Holcomb, T. K. Studley, and J. E. Baldrige. Individual-based model of sympatric populations of brown and rainbow trout for instream flow assessment: model description and calibration. Ecological Modelling 110: 175-207, 1998.

Van Winkle, W., C. C. Coutant, H. I. Jager, J. S. Mattice, D. J. Orth, R. G. Otto, S. F. Railsback, and M. J. Sale. Uncertainty and instream flow standards: perspectives based on hydropower research and assessment (essay). Fisheries 22 (7): 21-22, 1997.

Railsback, S. F., R. F. Blackett, and N. D. Pottinger. Evaluation of the fisheries impact assessment and monitoring program for the Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project. Rivers 4: 312-327, 1993.

Chang, S.-Y., S.-L. Liaw, S. F. Railsback, and M. J. Sale. Modeling alternatives for basin-level hydropower development, 1, optimization methods and applications. Water Resources Research 28: 2581-2590, 1992.

Railsback, S. F. Mixing characteristics of submerged and surface wastewater outfalls at McMurdo Station. Polar Record 28: 149-154, 1992.

Chang, L. H., S. F. Railsback, and R. T. Brown. Use of a reservoir water quality model to simulate global climate change effects on fish habitat. Climatic Change 20: 277-296, 1992.

Railsback, S. F., J. M. Bownds, M. J. Sale, M. M. Stevens, and G. H. Taylor. Aeration at navigation dams in the upper Ohio River basin. Journal of Environmental Engineering 116: 361-375, 1990. Closure to discussions published in Vol 118: 447-451.

Beauchamp, J. J., D. J. Downing, and S. F. Railsback. Comparison of regression and time-series methods for synthesizing missing streamflow records. Water Resources Bulletin 25: 961-975, 1989.

Railsback, S. F., E. E. Herricks, and V. Alavian. Aquatic insect habitat modeling. In: Proceedings of a Symposium on Acquisition and Utilization of Aquatic Habitat Inventory Information, Portland, Oregon, October, 1981. Western Division, American Fisheries Society. 1981.

Sale, M. J., S. F. Railsback, and E. E. Herricks. Frequency analysis for instream flow analysis. In: Proceedings of a Symposium on Acquisition and Utilization of Aquatic Habitat Inventory Information, Portland, Oregon, October, 1981. Western Division, American Fisheries Society. 1981.

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