Ryan Nielson

Senior Biometrician & Senior Manager & Board of Directors

Ryan joined WEST in 2001 and is now a Senior Biometrician. He has conducted research on a variety of wildlife species and topics, focusing on fisheries, aquatic mammals, owls, raptors, and terrestrial vertebrates and their habitats. Ryan has extensive experience in the design and analysis of population abundance and distribution studies, including long-term monitoring and before-and-after-control-impact designs. Much of Ryan’s experience in the design and analysis of animal resource selection and distribution studies has focused on the effects of management strategies, human development, and climate change.

Ryan has helped develop long-term monitoring programs for the Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming Department of Fish and Game, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the California Department of Water Resources. He is the lead statistician in a large collaboration of researchers estimating elk dietary needs and habitat selection in large regions of OR and WA. Ryan also leads an annual survey for golden eagles in the western U.S. for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Ryan is an Accredited Professional StatisticianTM of the American Statistical Association. He is an author on over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has developed 3 computer programs that are published on-line. Ryan is adjunct faculty at Oregon State University and Associate Editor for the Wildlife Society Bulletin. Ryan has traveled across the western U.S. and abroad to teach workshops designed to help students and working professionals learn appropriate statistical techniques for the design and analysis of environmental data.