134 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210
We work on ecology at the human interface and its implications for conservation, sustainability, wildlife management, and disease ecology.
Our interdisciplinary work incorporates tools from quantitative and applied ecology, geography and social science. We use techniques from the lab to the field to the computer to the white board.
We play well with others, and welcome collaborations.
Lab web site: http://www.esf.edu/EFB/ryan/
Mordecai, E.A., Paaijmans, K.P., Johnson, L.R., Balzer, C.H., Ben-Horin, T., deMoor, E., McNally, A., Pawar, S., Ryan, S.J., Smith, T.C., Lafferty, K.D., 2013. Physiological constraints dramatically lower the expected temperature for peak malaria transmission. Ecology Letters. 16(1):22-30. [PDF]
S.J. Ryan and Hartter, J. 2012. Beyond ecological success of corridors: integrating land use history and demographic change to provide a whole landscape perspective. Ecological Restoration. 30(4): 320-328 [PDF] Invited paper: Special Issue on Design Approaches to Ecological Restoration
M.J. Tildesley and Ryan, S.J. 2012. Disease prevention versus data privacy:using landcover maps to inform spatial epidemic models. PLOS Computational Biology. [PDF]
Rudnick, D., Ryan, S.J., Preziosi, D., Epps, C., Deiffenbach, F., Kintsch, J., Beier, P., Jenness, J., Perkl., R., Trombulak, S., Hartter, J., Gerber, L., Merenlender, A., Austen, D., Cushman, S. 2012. Emerging principles in understanding landscape connectivity: practical tools for conservation decision-making. Issues in Ecology 16 (Fall 2012). [PDF]
Ryan, S.J., Cross, P.C., Winnie, J, Jr, Hay, C., Bowers, J., Getz, W.M. 2012. The utility of NDVI for predicting African buffalo forage quality. Journal of Wildlife Management. 76(7):1499-1508 [PDF] [COVER]
Ryan, S.J., Brashares, J. S, Walsh, C., Milbers, K., Kilroy, C., Chapman, C.A. 2012. A survey of gastrointestinal parasites of olive baboons (Papio anubis) in human settlement areas of Mole National Park, Ghana. J. Parasitology 98:885-888. [PDF]
Hartter, J., Stampone, M.D., Ryan, S.J., Kirner, K., Chapman, C.A., Goldman, A., 2012. Patterns and perceptions of climate change around a biodiversity hotspot. PLoS ONE 7(2)e32408 [PDF]
Ryan, S.J. and Walsh, P.D. 2011. Consequences of non-intervention for infectious disease in African great apes. PLoS ONE 6(12):e29030. [PDF]
Wolf, A., Anderegg, W., Ryan, S.J., Christensen, J. 2011. Robust detection of plant species range shifts under biased sampling regimes. Ecosphere 2(10):115 [PDF]
Hartter, J.* and Ryan, S.J.*, Southworth, J., and Chapman, C.A. 2011. Landscapes as continuous entities: forest disturbance and recovery in the Albertine Rift Landscape. Landscape Ecology 26(6):877-890 [PDF]
Stampone, M., Hartter, J., Chapman, C.A., Ryan, S.J. 2011.Localized precipitation trends in and around a forest park in east equatorial Africa. Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences 3(1):14-23 [PDF]
Petorelli, N., Ryan, S.J., Mueller, T., Bunnefeld, N., Jedrzejewska, B., Lima, M., Kausrud, K. 2011. The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) in ecology: a decade of unforseen successes. Climate Research 46:15-27 [PDF]
My research interests lie at the human-wildlife interface in African landscapes. In particular, I am interested in investigating the effects of anthropogenic disturbances on wildlife populations as well as factors contributing to human-wildlife conflict and potential strategies for mitigation.
Graduate Research Topic
Response of large carnivores to human disturbance in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Graduate Research Topic
Distribution and dispersal of the emerald ash borer.
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