Ryan MacDonald, Ph.D, EP

Ryan has been conducting research and working in the hydrological sciences for over ten years. Ryan received his B.Sc. in Environmental Science, his M.Sc. in Physical Geography, and his Ph.D. in Earth, Space, and Physical Science with a concentration in Hydrology from the University of Lethbridge. His thesis projects involved the development and application of hydrometeorological and stream temperature models, and an extensive field-based research program.He has published numerous hydrology research articles and completed projects for clients in the private and public sectors.

Ryan is a Hydrologist with Alberta WaterSMART. He supports a variety projects that on water used and management in Alberta, including the South Saskatchewan River Basin (SSRB) Adaptation Project, Water in the SSRB Project, and the Bow Basin Flood Mitigation and Watershed Management Project. His specialty is surface and subsurface hydrology, focusing on stream processes and aquatic ecosystems. He has conducted extensive work related to stream temperature in headwater mountain environments and is interested in how thermal regimes affect aquatic organisms. He has worked on a range of projects looking at the impacts of changes in climate on hydrometeorology and has a comprehensive understanding of impacts from environmental change in mountain environments. His background in process-based hydrology, modelling, and inter-disciplinary field studies enables him to address research questions in an applied management context.

Ryan is currently working on obtaining his Professional Geoscientist designation and is a member of the Canadian Geophysical Union, the American Geophysical Union, and the Canadian Water Resources Association. Ryan’s interests lie in adaptive natural resource management through informed collaborative decision making that focuses on an understanding of natural systems.