Ryan McShane

Ryan McShaneAdvisor: LeRoy Poff
Office: Anatomy/Zoology E330
Phone: 970-491-2414
Email: ryan.mcshane@colostate.edu
Grants and Awards: Sustainability Leadership Fellowship, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University; Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence Scholarship, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University

I am a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey WY-MT Water Science Center and a PhD candidate in the stream ecology lab of Dr. Leroy Poff. My dissertation research focuses on predicting how changes in climate, land use and water management may, and can be used to, alter hydrogeomorphic regimes of rivers, in turn influencing aquatic and riparian species distribution and abundance. Prior research for my thesis and as a fishery biologist with the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center focused on the impacts of climate change, hydrologic alteration and species invasion on threatened and endangered freshwater species in the desert ecoregions of the Intermountain West and Southwest.

Selected Publications

McShane, R. R., D. A. Auerbach, J. M. Friedman, G. T. Auble, P. B. Shafroth, M. F. Merigliano and N. L. Poff. 2015. Distribution of invasive and native riparian woody plants across the western USA in relation to climate, river flow, floodplain geometry and patterns of introduction. Ecography 38:1254-1265. doi:10.1111/ecog.01285.

Auerbach, D. A., D. B. Deisenroth, R. R. McShane, K. E. McCluney and N. L. Poff. 2014. Beyond the concrete: Accounting for ecosystem services from free-flowing rivers. Ecosystem Services 10:1-5. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.07.005.

Auerbach, D. A., N. L. Poff, R. R. McShane, D. M. Merritt, M. I. Pyne and T. K. Wilding. 2012. Streams past and future: fluvial responses to rapid environmental change in the context of historical variation. Chapter 16 in J. A. Wiens, G. D. Hayward, H. D. Safford and C. M. Giffen, editors. Historical environmental variation in conservation and natural resource management. Wiley-Blackwell, New York. doi:10.1002/9781118329726.ch16.