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Ryan C Burner, PhD

Ryan Burner is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center. His background is in quantitative ecology and ornithology and his research interests include helping to understand how species and communities respond to environmental change.

Professional experience:

2021 – Present: Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center (La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA)

2019 – 2021: Postdoctoral Researcher, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Ås, Norway)

2013 – 2019: Board of Regents Fellow and Graduate Teaching Assistant, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA)

2018 (seasonal):  Naturalist and Expedition Guide, Aurora Expeditions (Svalbard and Greenland)

2011 – 2012: Fulbright Research Fellow, American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (Samarinda, Borneo, Indonesia)

2011:  Seal Research Crew Leader, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (St. Paul, Alaska, USA)

2002 – 2011 (seasonal): Field Ornithologist. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Alaska, USA)

2008 – 2010 (seasonal): Seal Research Crew Leader, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Cape Shirreff, Antarctica)

2006 – 2007: Field and Lab Technician. Scripps Institute of Oceanography (Palmer Station, Antarctica)

2005 – 2006: Field Operations Support. Raytheon Polar Services Company (McMurdo and South Pole Stations, Antarctica)

2003 – 2004: Forest Technician. University of Idaho Experimental Forest (Moscow, Idaho, USA)

2000 – 2003: Arborist. R.C.'s Tree Service (Alliance, Ohio, USA)

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. – Ecology, Louisiana State University, May 2019
    Dissertation: Composition and ecology of avian communities along elevational gradients in Borneo

  • B.S. – Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho, December 2005

  • A.A.S. – Wildlife Management, Hocking College, June 2003

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