Environmental policy; urban ecology and management; conflict management
I am a professor of Natural Resource Policy with adjunct faculty appointments in the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Before working as a professor, I was a scientist and manager in state (Washington Department of Ecology) and federal (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) natural resource management agencies. My research focuses on three areas of applied natural resource science and policy: 1) policy implementation – particularly water resource policy and management; 2) institutional and organizational aspects related to integrating science into policy and management; and 3) collaboration and conflict management. Currently, I am investigating hazard planning and community resilience in Washington state; implementing collaborative watershed planning policies; and integration of best available scientific information into decision-making at the US Forest Service and other federal agencies.
B.S. Environmental Science, Western Washington University
M.S., Natural Resource Policy and Administration, University of Michigan
Ph.D., Natural Resource and Environmental Policy, University of Michigan
Clare Ryan is currently considering Master of Science students, but is not currently accepting PhD students.
- ESRM 400 | Natural Resource Conflict Management (3) - Winter
- ESRM 470 | Natural Resource Policy and Planning (5) - Autumn
- SEFS 571 | Resource Policy and Administration (4) - Winter
Current Sponsored Projects
- Hazard Planning and Mitigation: The Role of Governance Factors in Community Resilience
The project goal is to examine communities that have mitigated critical facilities and those that have not been mitigated to identify the key factors inducing action in a complex collaborative governance setting.
- Social Science Research Support for the Urban-Wildlands Interactions Research Team
This cooperative agreement with the University of Washington will create a bridge to the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at UW where research related to environmental anthropology and federal land management issues is ongoing and of interest to the GSV Program, opening the door to potential research collaborations in the future.
Ryan, C. M., L.K. Cerveny, T. Robinson, and Blahna, D. 2018. Implementing the 2012 Forest Planning Rule: Best Available Scientific Information in Forest Planning Assessments. Forest Science 64(2):159-169. Link
Blahna, D.J., A. Poe, C. Brown, C.M. Ryan, and H.R. Gimblett. 2017. Social and Environmental Sustainability in Large-Scale Coastal Zones: Taking an Issue-Based Approach to the Implementation of the Prince William Sound Sustainable Human Use Framework. Tourism in Marine Environments 12 (3-4):183-197. Link
Urgenson, L.S., C.M Ryan, C.B. Halpern, J.D. Bakker, R.T.Belote, J.F.Franklin, R.D. Haugo, C.R. Nelson, A.E.M. Waltz. 2017. Visions of Restoration in Fire-Adapted Landscapes: Lessons from the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. Environmental Management 59(2): 338-353. Link
Ryan, C.M., McDonald, P.S.; Feinberg, D., Hall, L., Hamerly, J., Wright, C.W. 2017. Digging Deep: Managing Social and Policy Dimensions of Geoduck Aquaculture Conflict in Puget Sound Washington.Coastal Management 45:1, 73-89. Link
Sheppard, J.C., C.M. Ryan, and D.J. Blahna. 2017. Evaluating Ecological Monitoring of Civic Environmental Stewardship Sites in the Green-Duwamish Watershed, Washington. Landscape and Urban Planning.158:87-95. Link