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Sustainability (BSUS) Faculty and Staff

Ryan Utz Ph.D.

Ryan Utz

Assistant Professor of Water Resources
Hometown : Gibsonia, PA
Joined Chatham : 2015

Academic Areas of Interest

urban stream ecology, restoration ecology, salmonid life history and bioenergetics, fisheries science, dedacal-scale physicochemical changes in stream ecosystems

Personal Areas of Interest

backpacking, botany, hard cider brewing, photography, and fly-fishing.

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Dr. Ryan Utz is an aquatic ecologist who focuses on urban streams, salmonids, ecological restoration, and detecting environmental trends at broad spatio-temporal scales. Prior to joining Chatham, Dr. Utz served for four years as an aquatic ecologist at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). Past research projects have included an assessment of river enhancement to improve habitat for Chinook salmon in California's Central Valley, comparing how effects of urbanization on streams differ between ecoregions of Maryland, and exploring bioenergetic patterns of brook trout in West Virginia.


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland (College Park, MD), 2010
  • M.Sc., West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV), 2005
  • B.S., University of Miami (Miami, FL), 2003