Ryan joined VCE in 2021 after serving as the Director of Conservation Science for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance in New Jersey. He completed his PhD at Drexel University in 2015 and received his BS in ecology from Rutgers University in 2010.
Ryan is an ecologist whose interests include disturbance ecology, plant-insect interactions, mycology, and rare plant demography. Ryan has served on the executive committees of several organizations including the Partnership for New Jersey Plant Conservation, the Monroe Environmental Commission, the Philadelphia Botanical Club, Burlington County Soil Conservation District, and the Barnegat Bay Science and Technical Advisory Committee.
Ryan lives in Bradford, Vermont where he enjoys hiking in the mountains and exploring his new home state.