Ryan Toohey serves as the Science Applications Coordinator for the AK CASC, a role that connects his expertise in fieldwork to collaborative research with Alaska’s Indigenous peoples.
Toohey grew up hiking the streams of southwestern Pennsylvania with his dad and brother. His mother cultivated a love of story-telling and different cultural perspectives. His interests in water quality led Toohey to pursue an environmental science degree from Huxley College at Western Washington University. He graduated with an environmental science degree in the year 2000, having focused on water quality and Geographic Information Systems.
In 2012, Toohey received an interdisciplinary joint Ph.D. in environmental science with a focus in both hydrology and agroforestry from the University of Idaho and the Centro Agronómico Tropical de investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Costa Rica. In addition to his position at the Alaska CASC, Toohey serves as an Affiliate Research Assistant Professor for the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he mentors several graduate students.
Toohey believes working with students is a highly rewarding part of the research process, and is consistently involved in gathering funding for student internships and producing publications, community reports, and conference presentations with undergraduate and graduate student co-authors.
Role at AK CASC: Lead Scientist
Group: USGS Lead Scientist
Affiliations: USGS Alaska Science Center