Dr. Ruyle's research program focuses on the intersection of conservation, natural resources, gender, and development, particularly focusing on conflict regions. She has created multiple high-impact student engagement activities, emphasizing experiential learning and multi-disciplinary approaches to problem solving. She works across departments, colleges, and universities to create interdisciplinary teams and brings together students, faculty, and local communities to solve problems. She has created opportunities to take students to DC, Nepal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Botswana, Honduras, and Peru.

education and training
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Academic Articles9
  • Byakagaba, P., Twesigye, B., & Ruyle, L. E. (2018). Dialectics of conservation, extractives, and Uganda’s ‘land rush’. Sandbrook, C., Cavanagh, C. J., & Tumuslime, D. M. (Eds.), Conservation and Development in Uganda. (pp. 226-246). Routledge.
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  • Ruyle, L. E. (2018). The Impacts of Conflict on Biodiversity in the Anthropocene. Dellasala, D. A., & Goldstein, M. I. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene. (pp. 361-368). Elsevier.
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Conference Papers1
  • Ruyle, L. E., Boehm, R., & Lagoudas, M. (2016). Challenge-Driven Social Entrepreneurship and High Impact Student Engagement. PROCEEDINGS OF THE SIXTH IEEE GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE GHTC 2016. 292-295.
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Internet Publications5
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