School of Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies


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Ryan Danby

Associate Professor

School of Environmental Studies (joint appointment to Geography)

Ryan Danby


Contact Information

Office: Rm 3244 Biosciences Complex
Phone: 613.533.6000 ext 77105
Fax: 613.533.6090
Mailing Address:
School of Environmental Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada,
K7L 3N6





Academic Training

PDF, University of Alberta (Biological Sciences)
PhD, University of Alberta (Environmental Biology and Ecology)
MES, Wilfrid Laurier University (Geography and Environmental Studies)
BES, University of Waterloo (Environment and Resource Studies)

General Academic Interests

  • Biogeography
  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Parks and protected areas
  • Circumpolar northern environments


ENSC 320 – Wildlife Issues in a Changing World
ENSC 430 – Honours Project in Environmental Sustainability
GPHY 102 – Earth System Science
GPHY 318 – Advanced Biogeography
GPHY 418 – Landscape Ecology
GPHY 818 – Graduate Seminar in Landscape Ecology


My current research falls into two broad areas. Please visit my website ( for details:

1. Ecosystem Change:
The study of terrestrial ecosystem change and species distributions at multiple scales, particularly the responses of forest, shrubland and tundra ecosystems.

2. Biodiversity Conservation:
Conservation science, planning and management at multiple spatial scales, particularly as it relates to regional ecosystem-based management of parks and protected areas.

Representative Publications

  • Conway AJ & Danby RK. 2014. Recent advance of forest ecotones in southwest Yukon grasslands. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44: 509-520.
  • Danby RK. 2011. Monitoring forest-tundra ecotones at multiple scales. Geography Compass 5: 623-640.
  • Danby RK & Hik DS. 2007. Variability, contingency and rapid change in recent subarctic alpine treeline dynamics. Journal of Ecology 95: 352-363.
  • Danby RK & Slocombe DS. 2005. Regional ecology, ecosystem geography, and transboundary protected areas in the St. Elias Mountains. Ecological Applications 15: 405-422.
  • Danby RK, Hik DS, Slocombe DS & Williams A. 2003. Science and the St. Elias: an evolving framework for sustainability in North America's highest mountains. The Geographical Journal 169: 191-204.

Graduate Student Projects in ENSC

  • Achla Joshi – Distribution, associations, and growth of range edge tree species on the Frontenac Arch, Ontario
  • Claire Kryzcka – Extending concepts and practice of state of the environment reporting to Biosphere Reserves
  • Robyn Laing – Vegetation changes on the summer range of the Kluane/Burwash caribou herd, southwest Yukon
  • Michelle Mazzocato - Response of subalpine forests to spruce bark beetle disturbance in southwest Yukon
  • Clay McMullen – Historical forest ecology of the Frontenac Arch, eastern Ontario
  • Lyn Garrah – Wildlife road mortality on the Thousand Islands Parkway in southeastern Ontario  (completed 2012)