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About Maureen

Maureen is an evolutionary ecologist, conservation biologist, visual artist, and interdisciplinary teacher and facilitator.


For the past 20+ years, Maureen has studied the effects of climate and hydrologic change on amphibians and freshwater wetland ecosystems (learn more at Google Scholar; All Things Considered; New York Times). Her collaborative research partnerships combine ecology, evolution, hydrology, climate science, and remote sensing. Maureen has a PhD in Population Biology from the University of California Davis and was a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow at the University of Washington. For six years she co-led the Innovation Lab at Conservation Science Partners, from its inception, and as a senior scientist. In 2019, she transitioned to research and consulting full time through Dark Creature, and continues to work on wetlands science and conservation with partners in academia, agencies, and ecological consulting.

Painting "Seward Park" by Maureen Ryan