Danielle Ryan

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Pathway Coordinator, Human & Public Services

Math 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 Jensen-Ryan is a fourth-generation Wyomingite. She was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and pursued her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Wyoming and continued with her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. Dr. Ryan specializes in evaluative research and transforming scientific knowledge into actionable planning and decision-making initiatives. She was previously employed by the Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research Network (LTER) at the University of Georgia and the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR) at the University of Wyoming. Her role in both the LTER and BANR was to conduct evaluative research on policy and planning efforts and to turn this research into concrete solutions for external stakeholders (scientists, faculty, policy makers, organizations, etc.). The work on these projects culminated in numerous regional and national-level conference presentations as well as several actionable publications focused on decision-making and planning efforts. Dr. Ryan currently devotes her experience and educational expertise in research, data analysis and decision-making to support her home community of Cheyenne and Laramie County Community College's mission and strategic initiatives as a Research Analyst for the IR Department.

Publications & Presentations:

1. 2019 Durbin, T., C. Bendixsen, D. Jensen-Ryan, and S. Strauss. The Dangerous Middle: Perceptions of Beetle Kill Hazards and Situational Awareness among Forest Workers in the Western United States. Journal of Agromedicine.
2. 2018 Thompson, J. and D. Jensen-Ryan. Becoming a "Science Person:" Faculty Recognition and the Development of Cultural Capital in the Context of Undergraduate Biology Research. CBE-Life Sciences Education 17(4).
3. 2018 Jensen-Ryan, D. and L. German. Environmental Science and Policy: A Meta- synthesis of Case Studies on Boundary Organizations and Boundary Spanning Processes. Science and Public Policy.
4. 2017 Evans, S. and D. Jensen-Ryan. Cultural Models of Exurbanization: Newcomer and Generational Stream Management in Southern Appalachia. Appalachian Journal 44(2):26-50.
5. 2015 Jensen-Ryan, D. Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock that Shaped the World. Book Review. The Extractive Industries and Society 2(2):394-395.
6. 2014 Jensen-Ryan, D. New Technologies. Old Stories: The Forgotten Voices of Uranium Mining in Rural Wyoming. The Extractive Industries and Society 1(2):321-328.
7. In revision Jensen-Ryan, D., T. Durbin, and S. Strauss, T. Beeton, and K. Galvin. Wood- based Bioenergy in Wyoming and Colorado: A Social Perspective toward Energy Development. Ecology Research and Social Science, submitted Jan. 2019.
8. 2017 Jensen-Ryan, D. and L. German. The Policy Process: A Critical Assessment of Water Policy Making in the State of Georgia. Georgia Water Resources Conference, Conference Proceedings 12.
9. 2015 Jensen-Ryan, D. and L. German. Environmental Science and Policy: A Meta- synthesis of Case Studies on Boundary Organizations and Boundary Spanning Processes. Paper presented at the Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation, Atlanta, Georgia.
10. 2015 Jensen-Ryan, D. Georgia's Water Policy: A Twenty-First Century Paradox. American Anthropological Association, Conference Proceedings 47318.