Ryan Richards is a senior policy analyst for Public Lands at American Progress, focusing on natural resource economics and markets. His work covers a variety of environmental policy topics, including water policy, ecosystem restoration, and private lands conservation. 

Prior to joining American Progress, Richards worked on wildlife conservation projects domestically and internationally. Most recently, he conducted his doctoral research on incentive programs to encourage reforestation on farms in the watershed supplying drinking water for the city of São Paulo. He was a Fulbright visiting researcher at the University of São Paulo’s Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture and the Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas in Brazil.

He spent six years with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute as a graduate research fellow and a program associate for the Global Tiger Initiative. He has also worked on habitat restoration projects with farmers in Namibia and California’s Central Valley.

He holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University, where he focused on environmental economics and policy. He also received an M.S. in conservation biology and an M.P.P. in environmental policy from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in wildlife biology from the University of California, Davis.

By Ryan Richards
Fertile GroundCenter for American ProgressFebruary 5, 2018
The Endangered Species Act Is Working: State-by-State Fact SheetsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 9, 2018
Restoring Our Investment in America’s ForestsCenter for American ProgressOctober 17, 2017
Zinke’s public lands sell-off is undermining the “frontline”MissoulianJuly 6, 2017
Green Is GoodCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2017
How Trump’s Approach to Mexico Could Jeopardize Water Security in the American WestCenter for American ProgressFebruary 23, 2017
Protect Local Communities’ Voices in Public Lands ManagementCenter for American ProgressFebruary 16, 2017