Research overview and interests

Ryan Calder research diagram

Mental model of my research workflow

My research structures environmental and social systems into a decision-making/risk analysis framework and describes interventions and policies in terms of impacts on human health and the environment.

I was trained as a hydraulic/water resources engineer, and my technical expertise falls in environmental fluid mechanics and statistical modeling, where I have published focused work (e.g., Calder et al. 2013) and which was my practice area as a professional engineer.

My recent work develops explicitly interdisciplinary models to guide management decisions in coupled aquatic/social systems. I am an active participant in The Bridge Collaborative, an initiative by The Nature Conservancy to achieve environmental, social and environmental outcomes by crossing traditional disciplines.

My doctoral work developed forecasting tools for methylmercury exposure impacts associated with hydroelectric power development and screened the potential health impacts of food consumption advisories.

I am interested in how environmental policy is driven by risk perception and measurement and by social and political conditions. My drinking water policy work describes the role of falling detection limits in advancing regulation and compares American and Canadian approaches to drinking water regulation through the lens of social and political realities.