Staff Profile Center for Community and Citizen science

Ryan Meyer

Executive Director, Center for Community and Citizen Science

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I direct the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the UC Davis School of Education. Our mission is to help scientists, communities, and citizens collaborate on science to address environmental problems as a part of civic life. Learn more and sign up for our mailing list here.

My background is in science and technology policy, with a focus on science funding institutions, and the role of science in decision making. Areas of past work include climate science, climate adaptation, ocean and coastal resources, and citizen science.


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. He has studied written about science funding, the role of public values in our science system, boundary organizations and co-production of science for decision making, and public participation in research.

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

Community and Citizen Science at the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Authors: Meyer, R., and Drill, S.
Final project report to UC ANR.

Evaluating Knowledge to Support Climate Action: A Framework for Sustained Assessment
Authors: Moss, R.H., Avery, S., et al.
Journal: Weather, Climate, and Society Journal of the AMS

Freiwald, J., Meyer, R., et al. (2018). Citizen science monitoring of marine protected areas: case studies and recommendations for integration into monitoring programs. Marine Ecology. 39:e12470

Meyer, R., E. Meyer, L. Sievanen, and A. Freitag. (2017). Informing Ocean and Coastal management. In J. A. Cigliano & H. L. Ballard (Eds.), Citizen Science for Coastal and Marine Conservation. Routledge (Taylor & Francis).

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

Citizen Science and Ocean Resource Management in California: Guidance for forming productive partnerships. California Ocean Science Trust, CA, USA. August, 2014.

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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