Dr. Ryan Boyles is the Deputy Director of the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC), one of the nine 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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- AMS Committee on Applied Climatology, 2008-2011
- 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 and Certifications
Ph.D. in Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University
M.S. in Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University
Science and Products
Vol 98, 2016, pp. 122–131.
Science and Products
Pre-USGS PublicationsBhardwaj, A., V. Misra, A. Mishra, A. Wootten, R. Boyles, J. H. Bowden, and A. Terando, (2018). Downscaling Future Climate Change Projections over Puerto Rico using a Non-Hydrostatic Atmospheric Model. Climatic Change, in press
Mahmood,R., R. Boyles, K. Brinson, C. Fiebrich, S. Foster, K. Hubbard, D. Robinson, J. Andresen, and D. Leathers (2017). Mesonets: Meso-Scale Weather and Climate Observations for the U.S. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, July 2017, pp. 1349-1361Coopersmith, E., M. Cosh, J. Bell, R Boyles (2016). Extrapolating in situ soil moisture data records to the near surface with machine learning: A multi-depth analysis of USCRN profiles and an application for AMSR-E satellite validation with ECONet sensors. Advances in Water Resources.
Vol 98, 2016, pp. 122–131.Ward. R. and R. Boyles (2016). Evaluation of a High Resolution SPI for Monitoring Local Drought Severity. J. Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol 55, pp. 2247-2262.Wootten, A., J. Bowden, A. Terando, and R. Boyles (2016). The Sensitivity of WRF downscaled precipitation in Puerto Rico to Cumulus Parameterization and Interior Grid Nudging. J. Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol 55, pp. 2263-2281Rejesus, R., K. Coble, M. Miller, R. Boyles, B. Goodwin, T. Knight (2015). Accounting for weather probabilities in crop insurance rating. Journal of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Vol 40, No 2, pp. 306-324Wootten, A., K. Smith, R. Boyles, A. Terando, L. Stefanova, V. Misra, T. Smith, D. Blodgett, and F. Semazzi (2014). Downscaled climate projections for the southeast U.S.: Evaluation and use for ecological applications. USGS Open Open-File Report 2014–1190, 54 pWootten, A. and R. Boyles (2014). Comparison of NCEP Multi-sensor Precipitation Estimates with Independent Gauge Data Over the Eastern U.S. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol 53, pp. 2848-2862Wootten, A., K. Smith, J. Bowden, T. Otte, and R. Boyles (2014). Regional Climate Variations and Change for Terrestrial Ecosystems Workshop Review. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 95:96–97Coble, K.H., T.O. Knight, M.F. Miller, B.J. Goodwin, R. Rejesus, and R. Boyles (2013). Estimating Structural Change in U.S. Crop Insurance Experience. Agriculture Finance Review, Vol 73, Issue 1, 74-87Pan, W., R. Boyles; J. G. White; J. L. Heitman (2012). Characterizing soil physical properties for soil moisture monitoring with the North Carolina Environment and Climate Observing Network. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Vol 29, pp. 933-943.Misra, V., J.-P. Michael, R. Boyles, E. P. Chassignet, M. Griffin, J. J. O’Brien (2012). Reconciling the Spatial Distribution of the Surface Temperature Trends in the Southeastern United States. J. Climate, 25, 3610–3618.Breuer, N., H. Dinon, R. Boyles, and G. Wilkerson (2011). North Carolina extension agent awareness of and interest in climate information. Online. Journal of Service Climatology, No. 4.Ojiambo, P. S., Holmes, G. J., Britton, W., Keever, T., Adams, M. L., Babadoost, M., Bost, S. C., Boyles, R., Brooks, M., Damicone, J., Draper, M. A., Egel, D. S., Everts, K. L., Ferrin, D. M., Gevens, A. J., Gugino, B. K., Hausbeck, M. K., Ingram, D. M., Isakeit, T., Keinath, A. P., Koike, S. T., Langston, D., McGrath, M. T., Miller, S. A., Mulrooney, R., Rideout, S., Roddy, E., Seebold, K. W., Sikora, E. J., Thornton, A., Wick, R. L., Wyenandt, C. A., and Zhang, S. (2011). Cucurbit downy mildew ipmPIPE: A next generation web-based interactive tool for disease management and extension outreach. Online. Plant Health Progress.
Raman, S., J. Kehoe, and R. Boyles (2010). Characteristics of land falling tropical cyclones in North Carolina. Journal of Marine Geodesy, Vol. 33, No. 4.
Reyes, M., H. Suda, M. Brooks, and R. Boyles (2010). Proposed standard for automatic calculation of rainfall erosivity. Applied Engineering for Agriculture, Vol 26(3), pp. 401-403.Carbone, G., J. Rhee, H. Mizzell, and R. Boyles (2008). A regional-scale drought monitoring tools for the Carolinas. Bulletin of the American Meteorological, Vol 89, pp 20-28.Boyles, R., S. Raman, and A. Sims (2007). Sensitivity of mesoscale precipitation dynamics to surface soil and vegetation contrasts over the Carolina Sandhills. Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol 164, pp 1547-1576.Childs, Peter, Jr., S. Raman, and R. Boyles (2007): High resolution numerical simulations of Hurricane Isabel (2003) over North Carolina, Natural Hazards, Vol 41, pp 401-411.
Holder, C., R. Boyles, P. Robinson, S. Raman, and G. Fishel (2006). Calculating a daily normal temperature range that reflects daily temperature variability. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Vol 87, pp 769-774.Holder, C., R. Boyles, A. Syed, D. Niyogi, and S. Raman (2006). Comparison of collocated automated (NCECONet) and manual (COOP) climate observations in North Carolina. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Vol. 23, pp 671-682.Childs, P., A.L.Qureshi, S.Raman, K.Alapaty, R.Ellis, R.Boyles, and D.Niyogi (2006). Simulation of convective initiation during IHOP_2002 using the flux-adjusting surface data assimilation system (FASDAS), Monthly Weather Review, 134, 134-148.
Raman, S., A. Sims, R. Ellis, and R. Boyles (2005). Numerical simulation of mesoscale circulations in a region of contrasting soil types. Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol. 162, pp 1698-1714.Boyles, R. P. and S. Raman (2003). Analysis of climate trends in North Carolina (1949-1998), Environment International, Vol 29, pp 263 – 275.