Dr. Brian Birky oversees the budget, strategic planning and personnel at the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research (FIPR) Institute. He provides technical assistance and information to the Florida Legislature and the U.S. Congress, and serves as liaison to industry-related organizations and agencies, such as The Fertilizer Institute, Florida Department of Health, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Dr. Birky was educated at the University of Florida, where he earned a B.S. in Zoology and M.S. and Ph.D. in Health Physics. For nine years, he worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, studying the genetics of malaria vectors. Later, he also taught in the Nuclear Engineering and Environmental Engineering Sciences departments at the University of Florida. Before becoming the interim executive director of the FIPR Institute in 2011, he was one of the four research directors of the Institute, overseeing research in Public and Environmental Health since 2000. He has been active in phosphate industry research and consulting for more than 25 years. He has provided consulting for the nuclear power industry, kaolin and mineral sands industries, and the medical physics industry, among others.
Dr. Birky is the author of more than 50 scientific publications, including the 1,281-page book, “Health Physics and Radiological Health.” He is past president of the Florida Chapter of the Health Physics Society, member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Advisory Council member of the FAMU-CESTA Center for Biological Control, a technical consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency, and convener of the Radiation Task Force of the International Fertilizer Industry Association.