Ryan A Mcmanamay

Team Lead, Integrated Water-Energy-Ecosystems

Dr. Ryan McManamay is the leader of the Integrated Water-Energy-Ecosystems Team within the Aquatic Ecology Group and the Energy-Water Nexus theme lead of the Urban Dynamics Institute at ORNL.  He is also and a joint faculty member of the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. The scope of his research has encompassed multiple aspects of fish community ecology, statistical hydrology, large-scale spatial analysis, restoration ecology, ecohydrology, urban dynamics, and conservation planning. His main research thrusts have been evaluating fish community responses to altered hydrology in streams and national-scale hydrologic applications, and how to incorporate these findings into broader frameworks to influence water policies. Working within the Urban Dynamics Institute, Ryan has developed tools to optimize sustainable urban growth scenarios by minimizing impacts to aquatic ecosystems. He has also researched mitigation and conservation planning strategies for energy development on aquatic resources and consistently developed and disseminated large spatial datasets to guide future research. Prior to becoming a staff member in 2013, Ryan was a post-doc at ORNL for 2 years. He received his Ph.D. in Fish and Wildlife Conservation in 2011 and his M.S. in Stream Ecology in 2007, both at Virginia Tech. His undergraduate was at Clemson University where he received his B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2004.