Clare Ryan

  • Professor
  • Associate Director
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  • Clare Ryan

    • Professor
    • Associate Director

    Research areas

    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

    Selected publications

    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