Ryan Peek joined the Center for Watershed Sciences full time in February 2011. He is currently a PhD candidate in Ecology. His current research focuses on the spatial and temporal effects of anthropogenic and environmental change on amphibians in river ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada.
In particular, he is interested in bridging conservation genomics, hydrology, and ecology to better understand historical, current and future adaptation in rivers. He has worked extensively with sensitive amphibians, including a mountain / sierra yellow-legged frogs (Rana muscosa / sierra) restoration project with the National Park Service, as well as assessment of connectivity and genetic fragmentation of foothill yellow-legged frogs (Rana boylii) in managed rivers in California. He is currently conducting dissertation research that integrates modern genomics and river hydrology to assess watershed resilience in managed systems in the Sierra Nevada.
Along with several other ecology graduate students, Ryan co-founded the Aggie Brickyard magazine to serve as a conduit for communicating science and research among students and faculty, and leverage the diversity of expertise that exists in our community. Ryan currently serves as an editor and lead designer.
His research experience includes extensive analyses of freshwater ecosystems throughout CA and OR, with special focus on hydropower regulation and environmental management of rivers and streams in the Sierra Nevada. He was the field lead and one of the main authors for the Spring Recession Project and has contributed to PISCES, Mountain Meadows, CEC Yuba, and Freshwater Conservation projects. He is also a Software and Data Carpentry Instructor, coordinator of the Davis R-Users Group, and Ryan also volunteers as a guide with CWS' ecogeomorphology class.