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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, remote sensing, geomorphology, computing, and data science. She currently co-leads a project focused on wetlands mapping and water equity funded by the National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator. 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, non-profits, and the private sector.

Painting "Seward Park" by Maureen Ryan