Adjunct Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs; Evans School of Public Affairs; School of Law. Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Director, Program on the Environment.


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


  • Natural resource policy formulation and implementation
  • Collaborative Governane and Resource Management
  • Science-Policy Interactions
  • Urban Ecology
  • Selected 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. February, 2012.

Ryan, C.M. 2011. Raising the Bar for Environmental Literacy in Graduate Education. Northwest Science 85(4): 575-576.

Ryan, C.M., Brody, D.O.B., and A.I. Lunde. 2011. NEPA Documents at the US Forest Service: A Blessing and a Curse? UVP-Report 25(4):192-197.

Ryan, C.M. 2011. What Every Resource Manager Should Know About Collaboration. Western Forester 56(3):1-3.

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. 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.

Shandas, V., J. Graybill, and C.M. Ryan. 2008. Incorporating Ecosystem Based Management into Urban Environmental Policy: A Case study from Western Washington. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 51(5): 649-664.

Marzluff, J., Shulenberger, E., Endlicher, W., Alberti, M., Bradley, G., Ryan, C., Simon, U., ZumBrunnen, C. (Eds.) 2008. Urban Ecology: An International Perspective on the Interaction Between Humans and Nature. Springer. 650 pp.

Ryan, C.M., and R.D. Bidwell. 2007. Assessing New Governance Strategies for Watershed Planning. International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior. 10(4): 547-577.

Bidwell, R.D., and C.M. Ryan. 2006. Collaborative Partnership Design: The Implications of Organizational Affiliation for Watershed Partnerships. Society and Natural Resources. 19(9): 827-843.

Ryan, C. M., and J. Klug. 2005. Collaborative Watershed Planning in Washington State: Implementing the Watershed Planning Act. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 48(4): 491-506.

Alberti, M., J.M. Marzluff, E. Shulenberger, G.A. Bradley, C. M. Ryan, C. Zumbrunnen. 2003. Integrating Humans into Ecology: Opportunities and Challenges for Urban Ecology. Bioscience 53(12): 1169-1179.

Stankey, G. H., B.T. Bormann, C.M. Ryan, B. Shindler, V. Sturtevant, R.N. Clark, C. Philpot.  2003.  Adaptive Management and the Northwest Forest Plan: Rhetoric and Reality. Journal of Forestry. 101(1): 40-46.

Ryan, C.M. 2003. The Ecosystem Experiment in British Columbia and Washington State. Chapter In: Two Paths Toward Sustainable Forests: Public Values in Canada and the United States. B. Shindler, B. Steel, and T. Beckley, Eds. Oregon State University Press. 359 pp.

Ryan, C.M., and S.M. Jensen. 2002. Scientific, Institutional, and Individual Constraints on Restoring Puget Sound Rivers. Chapter In: Restoration of Puget Sound Rivers. D.R. Montgomery, S.M. Bolton, D. B. Booth, and L. Wall, Eds. University of Washington Press. 505 pp.

Bash, J.S. and C.M. Ryan.  2002.  Stream Restoration and Enhancement Projects: Is Anyone Monitoring? Environmental Management. 29(6):877-885.

Ryan, C.M. 2001.  Leadership in Collaborative Policy Making: An Analysis of Agency Roles in Regulatory Negotiations. Policy Sciences. 34:221-245.

Ryan, C.M. 2000.  Getting to the Table: Incentives for Participation in Regulatory Negotiations.  Environmental Practice.  2(2):147-155.

Wondolleck, J.M., and C.M. Ryan.  1999.  What Hat Do I Wear Now?  An Examination of Agency Roles in Collaborative Processes.  Negotiation Journal. 15(2):117-133.

Ryan, C.M.  1998.  Challenges and Opportunities in Collaborative Natural Resource Management. Northwest Science, 72(3): 224-227.

Ryan, C.M. 1995. Regulatory Negotiation: Learning From Experiences at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Chapter In: Mediating Environmental Conflicts: Theory and Practice. J.W. Blackburn and W.M. Bruce, Eds. Quorum Books. 309 pp.