Staff Profile Community and Citizen science

Ryan Meyer
Executive Director, Community and Citizen Science

I am the postdoctoral fellow managing the Youth-focused Community and Citizen Science project. I also direct the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the UC Davis School of Education. We are building a home to programs and partnerships that revolutionize how – and with whom – science gets done. Sign up for our mailing list here.



Ryan Meyer is the Executive Director of the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the UC Davis School of Education. His career has focused on the dynamics between science society, and on the role of science in environmental decision making.

Ryan was previously Program Director at the California Ocean Science Trust, a non-profit boundary organization that helps scientists and decision makers collaborate more effectively. He completed his PhD at Arizona State University, where he conducted research on the climate science funding in the US and Australia. He is a Fulbright Scholar, and an affiliate of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University.

Recent Publications

Parris, A., G. Garfin, K. Dow, R. Meyer, and S.L. Close, editors. (2016). Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation. John Wiley & Sons. 

Freitag, A., R. Meyer, and L. Whiteman. (2016) Strategies Employed by Citizen Science Programs to Increase the Credibility of Their Data. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

Cigliano, J. A., Meyer, R., Ballard, H. L., Freitag, A., Phillips, T. B., Wasser, A. 2015 Making Marine and Coastal Citizen Science Matter. Ocean and Coastal Management.

Meyer, R., S McAfee, & E. Whiteman. 2015. How California is mobilizing boundary chains to integrate science, policy and management for changing ocean chemistry. Climate Risk Management

Preston, B. L., Rickards, L., Dessai, S., & Meyer, R. M. (2013). Science and Successful Adaptation. In Successful Adaptation: Linking Science and Practice in managing Climate Change Impacts. Moser, S. and Boykoff, M. (eds.). Routledge.

Meyer, R. 2012. Finding the true value of US climate science. Nature. 482(7384): 133.

Meyer, R. 2012. Uncertainty as a Science Policy Problem. Climatic Change. 110(1):1-2 DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0050-8

Meyer, R.M., Leith, P.B. 2011. Reward Research That Informs Policy. Nature 474, 450.

Meyer, R. 2011. The Public Values Failures of Climate Science in the US. Minerva. 40: 47-70.

Pirtle, Z., R. Meyer, A.L. Hamilton. 2010. What Does It Mean When Climate Models Agree? A Case for Assessing Independence Among General Circulation Models. Environmental Science and Policy. 13: 351-361. 

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