Scientific Staff

Clair Ryan, MSES/MPA

Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) Coordinator

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As the coordinator of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN), Clair supports the Arboretum’s mission of conserving trees and forest ecosystems.

Clair’s primary interest is invasive plants, particularly their impacts on natural ecosystems and different cohorts of people. Invasive species pose the second largest threat to biodiversity, behind habitat destruction, and MIPN’s mission is to reduce those impacts in the Midwest.

Clair also focuses on the economic valuation of invasive plant impacts relative to the costs of control, and research initiatives assessing the efficacy of various control methods on invasive plant populations in the Midwest. As MIPN’s Coordinator, Clair seeks to share research findings in these areas with regional stakeholders and improve communication on research needs between natural resource managers and the research community.

Since completing her education in 2008, Clair has built her career in the nonprofit sector working with regional organizations and focusing on complex environmental problems. In 2014, Clair received the EPA New England’s Environmental Merit Award for a regional project addressing the impacts of turf and lawn fertilization on water quality.

Today, Clair is applying her experience to MIPN’s mission of reducing the impacts of invasive plants in the Midwest. Having started as MIPN’s Coordinator in December 2016, Clair is quickly becoming a jack-of-all-trades and is expanding her skill set to include communications and marketing, fundraising, and web development. She has launched MIPN’s social media sites, started a new monthly electronic newsletter, and recently updated the regional list of invasive plants.



Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

BS, Natural Resources

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY