Dr. Ryan W. Taylor
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
School of Natural and Social Sciences
Office: Room 0036, Natural Sciences bldg.
Phone: (914) 251-6652
Fax: (914) 251-6635
Dr. Taylor is a true interdisciplinary academic. Holding degrees in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies from some of the nation’s top natural resource managements schools he has developed a broad expertise in environmental issues. His research in both the fields of public administration and natural science has given him knowledge of local environmental issues facing people all across the nation. In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Taylor’s also has had a successful career as an environmental planner, policy-maker and manager for every level of government. Enthusiastic about his responsibility at Purchase College to train the next generation of environmental professionals, he regularly brings these real-world experiences into the classroom and makes every effort to expose his students to the types of practical challenges they will face as they pursue their environmental careers. Students enjoy his high-energy classes and are challenged to grow in their understanding of the world around them as they seek to find solutions to some of the world’s most persistent environmental problems.
Ph.D., Environmental Science
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon (2006)
M.A., Environmental Studies-Administration*
University of Illinois, Springfield, Illinois (1998)
*Graduated with Honors (3.98 GPA)
B.S., Biology-Environmental Studies
Mount Vernon Nazarene College, Mount Vernon, Ohio (1996)
Political Science/Biology Programs**
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (1992-1994)
**Deans Listed Scholar
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies - Purchase College: Purchase, New York (Present)
Adjunct Professor of Science - Rogue Community College: Medford, Oregon (2005-2007)
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Oregon State University: Corvallis, Oregon (2002-2004)
Hydrologic Technician – US Bureau of Land Management: Medford, Oregon (2006-2008)
Biological Sciences Technician - US Department of Agriculture: Medford, Oregon (2005)
Physical Scientist - US Environmental Protection Agency: Corvallis, Oregon (2004)
Stream Research Assistant - Oregon State University: Corvallis, Oregon (2003)
Watershed Coordinator - Clermont SWCD: Owensville, Ohio (2000-2002)
Statewide Wetlands Program Administrator - Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources: Springfield, Illinois (1999-2000)
Contractual Resources Specialist - Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources: Springfield, Illinois (1998-1999)
Graduate Public Service Intern - University of Illinois: Springfield, Illinois (1996-1998)
Areas of expertise
Water Resource Assessment, Wetland Management, Environmental Policy, Geographic Information Systems
Wetland Regulation & Restoration; Regional Wetland Delineation Standards; Geomorphology Assessment Methods; Water Resource Monitoring Techniques; Watershed Management & Planning; Local & Statewide Land Use Regulation; Environmental Politics, Policy, & Law; Natural Resource Program Assessment; Riparian Habitat Evaluation & Restoration; GIS in Natural Resource Management & Policy; Aquatic Resource Environmental Impact Analysis; Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations
Intro. to Environmental Sciences Lecture (4 Credits – 60 Students) – Purchase College
Geographic Information Systems Lecture (4 Credits – 20 Students) – Purchase College
Physical Geography Lecture (4 Credits – 30 Students) – Purchase College
Environmental Policy Lecture (4 Credits – 30 Students) – Purchase College
Intro. to Biology 101-103 Lecture & Laboratory (4 Credits - 2 Sections each) – Rogue Community College
Natural Resource Management Lecture – Purchase College
Watershed Assessment Lecture – Purchase College
Environmental Regulation Lecture – Purchase College
Environmental Administration Lecture – Purchase College
Science in the Modern World Lecture – Purchase College
Advanced Spatial Analysis - GIS Lecture – Purchase College
Freshman Seminar Lecture – Purchase College
Freshman Seminar Lecture – Purchase College
Intro. to Physical Sciences 104 Laboratory – Rogue Community College
Intro. to Biology 101 - 103 Laboratory and Recitation – Oregon State University
Selected honors and awards
Robert O. Fehr Research Professorship (2008-2009)
US Bureau of Land Management Outstanding Service Award (2008)
US Bureau of Land Management Merit Award (2007)
AFSCME Oregon Council #75 Scholarship (2005-2006)
Oregon Sports Lottery Scholarship (2005)
Donna Danner Memorial Scholarship (2004)
Rube and Minah Leslie Scholarship (2004)
Pastor's Eagle Award for Leadership (2000)
Distinction Scholarship (1995)
Honors Scholarship (1994)
Taylor, Ryan W. 2008. Wetlands Demystified! – Continuing Education Course Reference Manual. Northwest Environmental Training Center. Seattle, Washington.
Taylor, Ryan W. 2006. Evaluation of the Intergovernmental Relationships between State and National Government Agencies in Wetland Regulatory Units. Oregon State University Press. Corvallis, Oregon.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 2000. A Field Guide to the Wetlands of Illinois 2nd ed. (Taylor R. and Wm. McClain, Editors). Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Springfield, Illinois.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 1999. Endangered Species of Illinois. (Ryan Taylor, Editor). Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Springfield, Illinois.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 1999. Illinois' Wetlands. (Ryan Taylor, Editor). Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Springfield, Illinois.
Taylor, Ryan W. 1998. Understanding Illinois' Wetlands. Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Springfield, Illinois.
Taylor, R. and D. Abderhalden. 1997. Nationwide Survey of State Wetland Regulatory Programs. Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Springfield, Illinois.
The Influence of State Wetland Regulations upon the Section 404 Program. Association of State Wetland Managers. Annual Meeting. Williamsburg, Virginia. (2007).
The Unintended Consequences of State Wetland Regulations on the Administration of the Section 404 Program. Society of Wetland Scientists. Annual Meeting. Sacramento, California. (2007).
Taylor, Ryan W. 2003. Social Impediments to Effective Communication about Risks Associated with Salmon Caracas Placement. Joint Campus Conference for Environmental Sciences. Portland State University. Portland, Oregon.
Relating Regional Wetland Delineation Criteria to Standardized Stream Assessment Procedures. Purchase College Chapter of Sigma Xi. Featured Guest Lecturer. Purchase, New York. (2008)
Local Influences on Federal Wetland Regulation. Westminster College, Department of Biology & Environmental Sciences. Invited Lecturer. Fulton, Missouri. (2008).
State Leadership in Federal Wetland Regulation. University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Environmental Policy Symposium. Athens, Georgia. (2007).
Continuing Education Programs
Wetlands Demystified! Northwest Environmental Training Center. Lead Instructor. Designed a 3-day professional wetland delineation/restoration/management workshop. Portland, Oregon. (2008).
Understanding Illinois' Wetlands. Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Co-Instructor. Presented at the 3-Day Illinois ENTICE Educator In-Service Program. Peoria, Illinois. (2000).
The Structure of Wildlife Habitat. Oregon State University – Extension. Guest Speaker. Presented at the 2-day Backyard Wildlife Workshop. Ashland, Oregon. (2005).
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