Ryan Boyles, Ph.D.

Dr. Ryan Boyles is the Deputy Director of the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC), one of the eight regional centers that form the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Center network. He is an applied climatologist focused on using weather and climate science and data to support effective management of natural resources.

Biography

Ryan is an applied climatologist with emphasis on developing and delivering climate information and climate services relevant to decision making on various time scales for a range of sectors. His work is focused on how climate science can improve the understanding of impacts and adaptation for management of fish, wildlife, and ecosystems in the Southeastern US.

Over the past decade, he has lead development of climate datasets, web tools, and climate services targeted for use by human health, agriculture, and natural resource management sectors. These activities focus on the use of historical climate observations to assess the sensitivity of these sectors, experimental forecasting to provide short-term and seasonal guidance, and climate model downscaling to explore the potential changes in longer-term risk.  Ryan led the development of more than 40 online tools for climate data search, analysis, visualization and applied decision support. He has received more than $11M is external grant funding between 2007-2016, and has given more than 100 invited community and professional presentations since 2007.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2016-present Deputy Director, Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, US Geological Survey, DOI
  • 2016-present Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University
  • 2006-2016 State Climatologist and Director, State Climate Office of North Carolina, NC State University  
  • 2014-2016 Extension Associate Professor, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University
  • 2007-2013 Extension Assistant Professor, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University
  • 2001-2006 Associate State Climatologist, State Climate Office of North Carolina, NC State University
  • 1998-2000 Meteorologist, State Climate Office of North Carolina, NC State University

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, American Meteorological Society (AMS), since 1995
    • AMS Committee on Applied Climatology, 2008-2011
      • Program Co-Chair, 2011 Conference on Applied Climatology, Asheville, NC
    • Member, AMS Committee on Climate Services, 2009-2012
  • Member, Executive Council, NCSU Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension (AOFEE), 2009-2012
    • Chair, AOFEE, 2010-2011
  • Member, American Association of State Climatologists, since 1998
  • Member, NC Drought Management Advisory Council (2001-2014)
  • Member, NC Hazard Mitigation Advisory Group (2003-2015)
  • State Coordinator, CoCoRaHS Network of volunteer precipitation observers (2008-2010)
  • Member, NC Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change (2008-2010)

EDUCATION

  • 2006 Ph.D. in Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University, Raleigh, NC. Dissertation Title: “Investigation of mesoscale precipitation processes in the Carolinas using a radar-based climatology”
  • 2000 M.S. in Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, with specialization in GIS and climate analysis. Thesis Title: “Analysis of climate patterns and trends in North Carolina (1949-1998)”
  • 1997 B.S. in Meteorology, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, Minor in Environmental Sciences

HONORS

  • 2008 Tar Heel of the Week, August 24, 2008, Raleigh News & Observer
  • 2004 NCSU Alumni Outstanding Extension Service Award
  • 2004 Induction to NCSU Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension
  • 2003 Award of Excellence, Council for Advancement and Support of Education