Clare Ryan is a natural resource policy specialist who looks at the ways that scientific information can be integrated into policy and management decisions. She studies the processes by which policies are made and implemented, ways to foster collaboration in management, and how to address conflicts that can arise when multiple stakeholders participate in decision-making. Before returning to academia, she spent several years as a scientist and manager at both the state and federal level. As a reflection of her wide range of expertise, she was the Director of the Program on the Environment from July 2011-July 2016, and holds appointments in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and School of Law.