Adam K. Ryburn, Ph.D.
I earned my B.S. in Biology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1998, and Ph.D. in Plant Science from Oklahoma State University in 2003 under the direction of Dr. Ronald J. Tyrl. After a five-year appointment in upstate New York, my family and I returned to our home state and joined the Biology Department of Oklahoma City University in August of 2009 where I currently serve as Professor and Chair of the department.
Throughout my academic career I have endeavored to excel in all areas of the academy: teaching, scholarship, and service. I have highlighted these areas on this website as well my administrative experiences and philosophy.
A longtime member of the Oklahoma Academy of Science, I currently serve as Executive Director of the Academy and have previously served as President of the Academy, as Chair of Biological Science section, and the Collegiate Director of OAS.
I have served as the advisor of the Alpha Chapter at Oklahoma City University since 2010 and served as the Southcentral Regional Vice President of Beta Beta Beta from 2016-2022.
As a plant taxonomist, the focus of my research is the classification and identification of the native flora. I am the Coordinating Editor of Flora Oklahoma Inc. and the immediate past president of the Oklahoma Native Plant Society.
I'm passionate about what I do, and never do things half-heartedly.
I believe it's pointless to do something if you're not going to do it well.
I'm not afraid to ask the difficult questions and have the difficult conversations.
Political Columnist @ World Politics Digest
Jan 2018 - Present
I write political opinion pieces and reports on the U.S.’s most recent political events. My goal was and is to bring articles and news without partisan bias while offering insight and analysis.
On-Site Journalist @ Italian Fashion BTS
Jan 2018 - Feb 2019
I walked the red carpet, spoke with designers, and provided in-depth insights on each participant’s collections and their inspirations for the multiple fashion events taking place across Italy.
MA in Journalism 1998 - 2000
BA of Sociology and Politics 1996 - 1998
Journalistic Investigation Excellence
For an investigative piece into the history of gerrymandering and its consequences.
National Media Award
For an investigation into small government corruption.
A BIT OF MY WORK