Ryan provides geospatial information support and leadership for all of Defenders’ programs, particularly Endangered Species Conservation, Renewables, Field Conservation, and Federal Lands. His work ranges from using remotely-sensed imagery to monitor endangered species habitat to developing predictive spatial models that inform conservation decisions. In addition to these data-driven spatial analytics, Ryan is working to broaden our picture of endangered species conservation and recovery, focusing on ways that citizen scientists, big-data, and open-source mapping can improve what we know about wildlife and their habitats and contribute to better conservation decisions. Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his B.S. and M.A. from East Carolina University in Geography.