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Ward Brady

Ward Brady

Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


The Polytechnic School
Arizona State University Polytechnic
6073 S. Backus Mall
Mesa, AZ 85212-0180


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


Ward Brady retired as Professor of Quantitative Biology in the Department of Applied Biological Sciences. He served for six years as the founding Chair of the Department. His research interests are in the application of statistical tools to problems in the biological sciences. Research in the past has focused on the ecological sciences with particular interest in monitoring ecological change. His recent work, however, has focused on biotechnology and includes work on the development of cell-based bioassays and procedures for establishing cutpoints in immunoassay. Current research interests also include application of Bayesian methods to ecological monitoring and sustainability analysis.

Courses taught by Dr. Brady included ecology, statistics, general biology, and sustainable biological systems. While his favorite course is ecology, he also finds great satisfaction in helping students learn statistics. He is a member of the Ecological Society of America, the International Biometric Society; the American Statistical Association, and the Society for Range Management. He was appointed by the Arizona Governor to the Rangeland Technical Advisory Council and the Arizona Agricultural Protection Commission. He has also been active for the past six years in community engagement through supporting science education for the home school community.


  • PhD, Statistical Ecology, Colorado State University, 1973
  • MS, Statistical Ecology, Colorado State University, 1971
  • BS, Forest and Range Managementq, Colorado State University, 1969


Journal Articles


Brady, W. W., J. E. Mitchell, C. D. Bonham and J. W. Cook. 1995. Assessing the power of the point line transect to monitor changes in plant basal cover.. Journal of Range Management 187-190.


Aldon, E. F., J. W. Cook and W. W. Brady. 1994. The effect of grass plant size on basal frequency estimates.. Grass and Forage Science (4):414-416.

McClaran, M. P. and W. W. Brady. 1994. Arizona's diverse vegetation and contributions to plant ecology. Rangelands. 208-217.


Solis-Garcia, G., W. W. Brady and A. L. Medina. 1993. Riparian plant communities of the Rio de los Ajos, Sonora, Mexico.. Ecologica (1):13-22.


Dodd, N. L. and W. W. Brady. 1986. Cattle grazing influences on vegetation of a sympatric desert bighorn range in arizona. Desert Bighorn Council Trans. 8-13.


Boren, K. H. and W. W. Brady. 1984. The effect of prescribed burning on forbs in tobosa grasslands of arizona. Soc. Range Manage. Annu. Meeting


Hanley, T. A. and W. W. Brady. 1977. Feral burro impact on a sonoran desert range. J. Range. Manage. 374-377.



Martin, J. R., S. J. Trull, W. W. Brady, P. A. West and J. M. Downs. 1995. Forest plant association management guide.. USDA Forest Service.


Brady, W. W., D. R. Patton and J. Paxon. 1985. The development of Southwest Riparian gallery forests. US Forest Service.

Book Chapters


Brady, W. W., E. F. Aldon and J. W. Cook. 1993. Monitoring forest and rangeland ecosystems to make sustainability operational.. Pp. 181-184 USDA Forest Service.