Ryan Niemeyer is a seventh generation Washingtonian (state). He grew up on an alfalfa farm surrounded by the forests he currently researches. Ryan completed his PhD in Water Resources at University of Idaho on an interdisciplinary team focused on social-biophysical issues in the sagebrush steppe. As a USDA postdoctoral researcher at University of California Santa Barbara, he simulated the impacts of forest restoration on water and nutrients. Ryan works directly with private and tribal forest owners and managers to apply forest thinning strategies. He currently lives in western Washington with his wife and two kids and enjoys hiking, hunting, and fishing.