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Dr. Ryan Danby

Associate Professor

Department of Geography and Planning


613-533-6000 ext. 78540

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D131

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I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree (Hons.) from the University of Waterloo’s interdisciplinary program in Environment and Resource Studies in 1993. Following graduation I was employed full-time as a consulting analyst on several waste management projects and environmental planning initiatives across southwestern Ontario. I was able to take a hiatus from work during this period to pursue a Master’s degree in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, which I completed in 1999. I began doctoral studies in Environmental Biology and Ecology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 2000. I completed my dissertation in 2006 and remained in Edmonton as a post-doctoral fellow on the International Polar Year and as a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences. I came to Queen’s in 2008.

Research Interests:

My research interests lie at the interface of ecology and geography and my work draws upon and contributes to the fields of biogeography, landscape ecology, and conservation biology. The central focus of my research is the study of patterns and processes of habitat change and vegetation dynamics at the landscape scale, especially in Arctic and alpine environments. I am also interested in the implications of this change for resource management, particularly in protected areas. I use a wide range of methods and techniques, including dendrochronology, remote sensing, GIS and spatial analysis, species distribution modeling, historical ecology, and plant community analysis. Fieldwork figures prominently in my work.


Queen's Laboratory for Ecosystem Geography (QLEG)