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
The Plan for a 100 Percent Clean Future Must Include Saving NatureCenter for American ProgressAugust 11, 2020
The Race for NatureCenter for American ProgressJune 23, 2020
Building a 100 Percent Clean Future Can Drive an Additional $8 Billion a Year to Rural CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 8, 2020
Trump’s Energy Policies Put Alaska in the Climate CrosshairsCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2019
The Green SqueezeCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2019
Before the Fire: Protecting Vulnerable Communities From WildfireCenter for American ProgressJuly 25, 2019
After the Fire: Vulnerable Communities Respond and RebuildCenter for American ProgressJuly 25, 2019
Midwestern Floods Are Worsening the Gulf’s Toxic Algae ProblemCenter for American ProgressJuly 9, 2019
Debunking the Trump Administration’s New Water RuleCenter for American ProgressMarch 27, 2019
Trump Administration Is Selling Western Wildlife Corridors to Oil and Gas IndustryCenter for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2019
Trump Is Creating More Problems When It Comes to WildfireInside SourcesJanuary 13, 2019
Measuring Conservation Progress in North AmericaCenter for American ProgressDecember 4, 2018
Fraud in the TongassCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2018
Understanding Our FutureCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2018
Trump USDA’s New Plan for Agencies Is Latest Setback to Public ResearchCenter for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2018
Defining Success for the Wildfire Funding FixCenter for American ProgressJune 13, 2018
3 Ways the House Farm Bill Would Hurt America’s Land, Water, and WildlifeCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2018
Restoring BalanceCenter for American ProgressApril 9, 2018
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