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College of Natural Resources

Center for Geospatial Analytics

Ryan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and a University Faculty Scholar.  His research team uses fieldwork, geospatial analysis and numerical models to study ecohydrology in both natural and human-modified ecosystems. Ryan also works on environmental issues that have disproportionate impacts on American Indian communities. Examples of geoanalytical research within his group include studies of plant water use in the northern Rocky Mountains, runoff generation in the southern Appalachian Mountains, salinization of coastal environments of North Carolina, and climate change impacts on waters of cultural significance to the Lumbee Tribe. Ryan collaborates with teams of other scientists to study geospatial dynamics of processes such as the spread of mountain pine beetle and the distribution of soil microbes involved in methane cycling.

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