PhD Student - Forest Resources
Graduate Research Assistant
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department
Office: G16 Lehotsky Hall
M.S. Forestry and Entomology
North Carolina State University 2022
B.S. Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
North Carolina State University 2020
Ryan is a Ph.D. student in the Silviculture and Ecology Lab. His research focuses on enhancing the resilience of coastal southern forests to the combined impacts of invasive plants and climate change (e.g., increasing severity of hurricane impacts). His research will evaluate silvicultural methods for promoting the regeneration and recruitment of native tree species based on an understanding of forest dynamics. Ryan earned his B.S. and M.S. from the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. His graduate research in the NC State Forest Health Lab focused on the phenology, impacts, and biological control of the emerald ash borer, a devastating pest of ash trees, in the Southeast.
Forest ecology, silviculture, forest health, forest entomology, disturbance ecology, wildlife habitat management
Extension and Outreach
Ryan served as an Extension Assistant with NC State Extension Forestry, where he created fact sheets, videos, and infographics about forest health topics.
Nalepa, C.A., G.R. Bohannon, and K.L.F. Oten. 2023. Size of emerald ash borer in North Carolina, USA: preliminary evidence for a sawtooth cline? Agricultural and Forest Entomology 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1111/afe.12598
Bohannon, G.R., C.L. Johnson, R.M. Jetton, and K.L.F. Oten. 2022. Phenology and voltinism of emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in central North Carolina. Environmental Entomology 51(6): 1077–1085. https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvac088