FACULTY

Clare Ryan

Clare Ryan

Professor / Director, Program on the Environment
Environmental policy; Urban ecology and management; Conflict management


Office: Anderson 123H
Phone: 206-616-3987 
Email: cmryan@uw.edu

Graduate Interest Group(s): SOCIAL SCIENCES

B.S. Environmental Science, Western Washington University, 1983
M.S., Natural Resource Policy and Administration,University of Michigan, 1990
PhD, Natural Resource and Environmental Policy, University of Michigan, 1996


I am a Professor of Natural Resource Policy and have adjunct faculty appointments in the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, the School of Marine Affairs and Environmental Affairs, and the School of Law. Before becoming a professor, I worked as a scientist and manager for more than seven years 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 the integration of scientific information into management decision-making at the US Forest Service and other federal agencies. Another theme in my research examines how state governments implement legislation requiring collaborative watershed planning, as well as mandates to consider best available science. Related to this, I am evaluating outputs and eventual outcomes from collaborative environmental management efforts such as watershed planning and restoration.
Courses Taught:Quarter offered:
ESRM 400 Natural Resource Conflict Management (3)Winter
SEFS 550 Coupled Human Natural Systems (2)Winter
SEFS 571 Resource Policy and Administration (4)Spring
Current Sponsored Research:
Communication in NEPA Decision-making: Writing an Effective Evironmental Document
Integrated "All Lands" Approach to Public Land Use Planning: A Case Study of Prince William Sound
Measuring Watershed and Climate Impacts of the "Environmental Stewardship Footprint": A Framework for the Green-Duwamish Watershed
Recent Publications:
Asah, S.T., D.J. Blahna, C.M. Ryan. 2012. Involving Forest Communities in Identifying and Constructing Ecosystem Services: Millennium Assessment and Place Specificity. Journal of Forestry. April/May 2012:149-156.
Lipsky, R.S. and C.M. Ryan. 2011. Nearshore restoration in Puget Sound: Understanding stakeholder values and potential coalitions. Coastal Management 39(6): 577-597.
Ryan, C.M. 2011. Raising the bar for environmental literacy in graduate education. Northwest Science 85(4): 575-576.
Ryan, C.M. 2011. What every resource manager should know about collaboration. Western Forester 56(3): 1-3.
Ryan, C.M. and L.K. Cerveny. 2011. Wildland fire science for management: Federal fire manager information needs, sources and uses. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 26(3): 126-132.
Ryan, C. M. and L.K. Cerveny. 2010. Science exchange in an era of diminished agency capacity: Recreation management in the U.S. Forest Service. American Review of Public Administration 40(5):593-616.
Ryan, C. M. 2009. Managing nonpoint source pollution in Western Washington: Landowner learning methods and motivations. Environmental Management 43:1122-1130.
SEFS Committee Membership:Chair?
Elected Faculty Advisory Council
Planning Committee