Paleontologist Dr. Michael J. Ryan
Michael J. Ryan, B.Sc. (Carleton), B.Ed/AD (U of Alberta), M.Sc., Ph.D. (U of Calgary) is Curator and Head of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH). Ryan has also been Head of Public Programs and Education at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology (Alberta, Canada) and Coordinator of Research at the CMNH. He is an adjunct researcher with the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Royal Ontario Museum, and is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa where he teaches and supervises undergraduate and graduate students. Ryan is a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Origins at Case Western Reserve University and serves on the Board of Directors for the Dinosaur Research Institute, a not-for-profit organization that raises money to support student research.
Ryan has a background in museum exhibit design and development, and has overseen the construction of numerous iconic dinosaur displays, including the
Since 2005, Ryan has taken part in multiple research expeditions into the Gobi Desert, and has conducted analyses of the famous Dragon's Tomb Saurolophus bonebed, which we will visit on this trip, under a National Geographic Society grant.
Ryan's research focuses on the evolution and paleobiology of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs with an empathize on Ceratopsia, the horned-dinosaurs. He was Lead Editor for New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs (IUPress, 2010), the definitive book on ceratopsians. He has conducted field work around the globe and he currently has on-going dinosaur-related research projects in Canada, Greenland, and the USA, as well as the Late Devonian fossil fish deposits of the Cleveland Shale.