Ryan McShane USGS Water Scientist and PhD Candidate




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.