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Ryan Haugo

Director of Conservation Science, Oregon

Portland, OR


Ryan is the Director of Conservation Science for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, leading TNC's efforts across Oregon to develop and communicate a rigorous evidence base to drive conservation actions. Previously, Ryan served as the senior forest ecologist for TNC's Washington and Idaho chapters. He is also an affiliate professor at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Science.

After starting his career in environmental education, Ryan earned an MS and PhD from the University of Washington and served as a plant ecologist with the Washington Natural Heritage Program. When not at work, he spends much of his free time traveling across the great Pacific Northwest hiking, biking, and camping with his wife and two young daughters.

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Media Coverage

The missing fire: human exclusion of wildfire in Pacific Northwest forests: E&E News, National Public Radio All Things Considered, Public News Service and over 44 other news outlets

Thinning forests aims to reduce fire risk: Associated Press, appeared in the New York Times online, Washington Times, US News and World Report, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Olympian, and over 100 other news outlets. 

Climate change and US wildfires: E&E News Climatewire, Scientific American

The Nature Conservancy acquisition of Plum Creek Timberlands: Northwest Cable News 

A new approach to estimate forest restoration needs across Oregon and Washington: Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman-Review, Yakima Herald-Republic, Salem Statesman-Journal, The Columbian, Crosscut, Seattle KUOW-FM, Bend KFXO-TV, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Jefferson Public Radio, Earthfix, Forest Business Network, Maxredline

An ecological context for “whole system” conservation of eastern Washington forests: Northwest Public Radio, Seattle KUOW-FM

Quadcopters for conservation: Yakima Herald-Republic, Yakima KIMA-TV News, KUOW-FM Seattle