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Dr. Ryan McClure

PHD FELLOW ALUMNI   |   Global Change Center

Post Doctoral Fellow, Carnegie Institution for Science

VT Alumni August 2020, Biological Sciences

Advisor: Dr. Cayelan Carey

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Dr. Ryan McClure graduated from Virginia Tech with a Ph.D. from the Department of Biological Sciences in August 2020. In Fall 2021, he accepted a Postdoctoral Research Associate Position with Dr. Stephanie Hampton at Washington State University, and has since moved with Dr. Hampton's lab to the Carnegie Institution for Science. Dr. McClure's research currently explores changes in lake physics and chemistry at global scales. He works with large global lake datasets to investigate changes in water availability and resolve uncertainty in lake methane emissions. 

Ryan defended his doctoral defense, “The drivers of freshwater reservoir biogeochemical cycling and greenhouse gas emissions in a changing world,” in August, 2020 under the guidance of GCC Affiliate Dr. Cayelan Carey. Ryan then worked as a Postdoc in a collaborative effort between the Carey Lab and Dr. Quinn Thomas (FREC). His research investigated biogeochemical cycling in freshwater reservoirs and codevelopednear-term water temperature forecasts in National Ecological Observatory Network lakes.

Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Afterward, he worked as a field technician in Iceland and Trinidad and Tobago, assisting with research projects studying stream biogeochemistry and evolutionary processes in the face of global change. Following these projects, he returned to Montana and helped the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks estimate pallid sturgeon populations and dietary patterns in the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers.