Director of Conservation Science, Oregon
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.
Oregon Forests Need Fire
Ryan Haugo is the lead author on a recent study about how dry forests in Washington and Oregon are experiencing far less low-severity wildfire compared to a century ago.
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