Ryan Carney

Assistant Professor
National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Ryan Carney holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Brown University; MPH, and MBA in Technology, from Yale University, and BA degrees in Integrative Biology (Honors) and Art Practice, from University of California-Berkeley. Currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, Dr. Carney is interested in research primarily involving dinosaurs and diseases. His work is fundamentally interdisciplinary and digital, fostered through a dual appointment at the Center for Virtualization & Applied Spatial Technologies (CVAST). His pedagogical activities include integrating research into educational tools and science outreach and utilizing next-generation 3D platforms (virtual reality, interactive holograms). In 2017, he was named among 14 individuals worldwide as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, “uniquely gifted and inspiring scientists, conservationists, storytellers and innovators who are changing the world.” His paleontology research focuses on bringing dinosaurs “back to life” by scientifically reconstructing skeletons, motion, and original coloration. His epidemiology research focuses on the surveillance and control of mosquito-borne diseases, particularly the flaviviruses Zika, dengue, and West Nile. Given that there are no cures or vaccines available, prevention and mosquito abatement are the only solutions for containing outbreaks. With that goal, his work involves leveraging technologies like GIS and the DYCAST early warning system as powerful tools for fighting disease – from predicting epidemics to the strategic targeting of control efforts.

Award Type: Others
Awarded: 2017