RyanSleeper_Bio

Quote To Live By:  “No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it.” -Richard Feynman

EXPERTISE:

  • In-situWater Quality Monitoring and Assessment
  • Sediment and Water Quality Studies
  • Univariate and Multivariate Statistics

  • Full Profile

    Ryan is an ecologist bringing over four years of hands-on experience to the sediment and remediation services team. His background in industry includes the design, implementation, data analysis, and reporting of surface water and sediment nutrient pollution studies in agricultural and urban landscapes. In addition, Ryan has investigated the impacts of land use on the functioning of lotic ecosystems using large and temporally refined sets of multivariate biogeochemical data collected with novel in-situ sensor technologies. He endeavors to combine his mechanistic understanding of ecological processes with advanced computational techniques to inform risk-based decision making. Ryan is proficient in the use of statistical and mapping programs including R and ArcGIS.

    EDUCATION

    • B.S. Environmental Science – Water Resources, University of Vermont, 2013
    • M.S. Natural Resources, Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Science, University of Vermont, Anticipated completion Fall 2017

    CERTIFICATION & TRAINING

    • OSHA HAZWOPER Training (29 CFR 1910.120)

    KEY PROJECTS

    Water Resources Experience

    Town Municipalities – Various Locations, Vermont

    Water Resources Scientist

    An illicit discharge, detection, and elimination (IDDE) project aimed at investigating the integrity of storm water systems in multiple municipalities throughout the State. Synoptic and targeted water quality sampling efforts were combined to rapidly isolate the sources of illicit discharges. Emerging geospatial and mobile sampling technologies were adopted to improve project efficiency and scope. The goal of this project was to keep municipalities in compliance with regional and state regulations concerning nutrient and E. coli pollution.

    Various Locations, Vermont

    Water Resources Scientist

    Project included the implementation of a large edge-of-field study with a paired-watershed treatment design for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM). The goal of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of several agricultural best management practices (BMPs) in reducing nutrient and sediment runoff. To achieve this, 14 long-term edge-of-field monitoring stations were installed on seven farms across Vermont. Stations were outfitted with programmable autosamplers, flumes, acoustic transducers, and telemetry systems to enable the remote control and monitoring of sampling events. Site work included soil and water sampling, surveying, and instrument maintenance.

    Northwestern Vermont

    Research Technician

    Project included the implementation of a multi-year water quality and ecological monitoring program in Vermont watersheds of contrasting land use. The goal of this effort was to determine the effects of land use and other environmental factors on nutrient and ecological dynamics using new and emerging technologies. This research was carried out to support the National Science Foundation NEWRnet Project (NSF#1330446). Project goals were achieved by installing and maintaining a telemetered real-time network of advanced in-situ sensor stations collecting multivariate high-frequency data. Discrete data sets, such as channel geometry, velocity-depth, and benthic composition, were additionally collected to supplement ecological modelling efforts.

    North Slope, Alaska

    Technical Support

    Provided field and laboratory support to the National Science Foundation SCALER Project (NSF#1065682). The goal of this effort was to determine the effects of lakes on the ecology of arctic streams. Field work included physiochemical, hydrogeomorphic, and ecological assessments in remote watersheds.

    Health & Safety Experience

    Health & Safety Support

    Conducted on-site chemical supply, product, and waste inventories at schools and businesses throughout New Jersey. Processed survey results and filed reports in accordance with the New Jersey Right to Know Act.

    PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

    Ryan Sleeper. Fall 2016. Monitoring Stream Ecosystem Processes Using Advanced Water Quality Sensors, Graduate Student Symposium, University of Vermont.

    Ryan Sleeper Poster Presentation. May 2016. Investigating the Relationships Between Ecosystem Metabolism, Light, and Diel Nutrient Cycling in Three Vermont Streams, Society for Freshwater Sciences, Sacramento, CA. (Poster)

    Guest Lecturer. Fall 2016-Spring 2017. Applied Environmental Assessment & Analysis, University of Vermont, Rubenstein School. Lectured on the advances being made with in-situ optical sensor technologies, their scientific underpinnings, and their applications in science, policy, and management.

    Guest Lecturer. Fall 2016-Spring 2017. Stream Ecology, University of Vermont, Rubenstein School. Taught three lectures and one lab covering organic matter decomposition, nutrient cycling, and various field methods in stream ecology.