Ryan Covington

Adjunct Assistant Professor


  • PhD, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2015.
  • MA, Geography, East Carolina University, 2009.
  • BS, Geography, East Carolina University, 2005.
  • Research interests

    I am an environmental geographer who studies the relationship between science and technology and conservation policy and practice, especially as they relate to wildlife and protected area management. My past work in these areas has addressed such topics as dissolved oxygen injection and the remaking of water quality, adaptive management planning and the politics of memory, and the construction of compliance with federal environmental justice policy. I draw heavily from the natural and computer sciences in order to identify priority places for wildlife conservation, track long-term changes in habitat quantity and quality, and make conservation data and analyses more accessible and usable on the web.

    But I also draw extensively from qualitative research methods and social science disciplines to understand and productively engage with the motivations of landowners, the tensions with regulated entities, and the constraints of policymakers to improve conservation outcomes.