Ryan Danby

Director and Associate Professor

School of Environmental Studies (joint appointment to Geography and Planning)

Ryan Danby

Contact Information

Office: Rm 3244 Biosciences Complex
Phone: 613.533.6000 ext 77105
Email: ryan.danby@queensu.ca
Mailing Address:
School of Environmental Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada,
K7L 3N6



Website: https://www.queensu.ca/geographyandplanning/qleg/

Google Scholar Page: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?hl=en&user=06pA0tcAAAAJ

ResearchGate Page: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ryan-Danby

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 and vegetation science
  • 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. You can see publications in both areas at my Google Scholar page and my ResearchGate page.

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.

Recent Student-led Publications

  • Jones JD, Urquhart J, Eberhardt E, Garrah E, & Danby RK. 2024. Patterns and drivers of amphibian and reptile mortality vary among species and scale: evidence from eastern Ontario, Canada. Global Ecology and Conservation 50: e02855.
  • Bonta C, King G, Danby RK. 2023. Greening on the Bathurst caribou range in northern Canada: are erect shrubs responsible for remotely-sensed trends? Arctic Science 9: 581-599.
  • Cohen M, Danby RK. 2023. Woody plant encroachment in rock barrens on the Frontenac Arch, eastern Ontario, Canada. Applied Vegetation Science 26(2): e12733.
  • Stefanuk MA & Danby RK. 2021. Accumulated heating and chilling are important drivers of forest phenology and productivity in the Algonquin-to-Adirondacks conservation corridor of eastern North America. Forests, 12: 282.
  • Dearborn K & Danby RK. 2020. Spatial pattern of subarctic alpine treeline varies with slope aspect and shrub cover. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 110: 18-35.
  • Kambo D & Danby RK. 2018. Factors influencing the establishment and growth of tree seedlings at subarctic alpine treelines. Ecosphere 9: e02176.

Current Graduate Students in Environmental Studies

  • Lauren Cross – Summer range ecology of the Bathurst caribou herd, NWT and Nunavut
  • Kaelen Partridge – Wildlife-vehicle collisions in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Past Graduate Students in Environmental Studies