Danielle Ryan

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Pathway Coordinator, Human & Public Services

Arts And Sciences

Primary Phone: 307.778.1200

Office: Cheyenne Campus, ARP 157



Degree Information:

2017 Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
2011 M.A., Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA
2009 B.A., International Relations and Religion, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA


Dr. Danielle Ryan is a fourth-generation Wyomingite born and raised in Cheyenne who takes a strong leadership role in her career and community. Danielle attended college at the Universities of Wyoming and Georgia and is the Pathway Coordinator for the Human & Public Services Pathway at LCCC where she serves on several committees. She has published numerous articles in high-impact journals and continues to receive grant monies from the National Science Foundation and the USDA for her international work on improving research opportunities for underrepresented student populations. Danielle was nominated as LCCC’s professional employee of the year in 2019 and was nominated by faculty and students in 2021 as a finalist for Faculty of the Year. In her community, Danielle was selected in 2022 as the Woman of Year for Leadership by the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and as a finalist in the Wyoming Women of Influence, the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Award, and the Emerging Leaders award in 2021. Dr. Danielle Ryan served as a Board Member and Co-chair of the 2021 United Way of Laramie County Annual Campaign and performed as a Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Dancer in Dancing With the Stars in 2021. She also serves with the Starbase Foundation, Cheyenne’s Chapter Z of P.E.O., Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative and was the chair for the Pink Ribbon Run in 2019, as a board member for the Cheyenne Capital Chorale, and the Forward Greater Cheyenne’s Beautification Committee. Danielle also loves to volunteer Kiwanis, Neighborhood Night Out, the Rocky Mountain Future Leaders Conference, and so much more.

Professional Memberships:

  1. American Association for Community Colleges
  2. NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  3. Society for Applied Anthropology
  4. American Association of Anthropology

Publications & Presentations:

  1. “How do we do this at a distance?!” A descriptive study of remote undergraduate research programs during COVID-19. 2022. CBE—Life Sciences Education 21 (1), ar1.
  2. Virtually the same? Evaluating the effectiveness of remote undergraduate research experiences. 2022. bioRxiv, 2022.01. 03.474815.
  3.  Engaging undergraduates in research experiences at a distance: Insights and recommendations for remote UREs. 2021. First Author. Journal of microbiology & biology education 22 (1), ev22i1. 2375.
  4.  Advancing science while training undergraduates: recommendations from a collaborative biology research network. 2020. First Author. CBE—Life Sciences Education 19 (4), es13.
  5. Environmental science and policy: A meta-synthesis of case studies on boundary organizations and spanning processes. 2019. First Author. Science and public policy 46 (1), 13-27.
  6. A cultural consensus of fire and futility: Harvesting beetle-kill for wood-based bioenergy in Wyoming and Colorado. 2019. First Author. Energy Research & Social Science 58.
  7.  The Dangerous Middle: Situational Awareness and Worker Perception of Beetle Kill. 2019. Journal of Agromedicine.
  8. Becoming a “science person”: Faculty recognition and the development of cultural capital in the context of undergraduate biology research. 2018. CBE—Life Sciences Education 17 (4), ar62.
  9. Exurbanization and its impact on water resources: Stream management among newcomer and generational landowners in Southern Appalachia. 2016. Appalachian Journal 44 (1/2), 26-50.
  10. New technologies. old stories: The forgotten voices of uranium mining in rural Wyoming.2014. First Author. The Extractive Industries and Society 1 (2), 321-328.