Brian Fagan's keynotes address the field of climate and archaeology. In 1959, Fagan received his Honors BA from Pembroke College, Cambridge, went on to get his Master's in 1962 and his PhD in 1964 from the same school. As a trained archaeologist, Fagan served as Keeper of Prehistory at the Livingstone Museum in Northern Rhodesia (which is now Zambia). Later, he was offered the role of Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana until 1967.
He worked as a Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1967 until 2003 when he retired. Fagan is now currently a full-time author on his research and experiences throughout his lengthy career as an archaeologist. He has greatly researched and written on archaeology as contributing editor on both the American Archaeology and Discover Archaeology magazines. He has also served as a Senior Series Consultant for Time/Life's 'Lost Civilizations' series that aired. Since he has retired more of his worked has centered around the field of climate change and historical weather events spanning back over 15,000 years.
He is a recipient of a Presidential Citation Award from the Society for American Archaeology in 1996 and Public Education Award from Society in 1997.