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.


Oxford University

MA in Journalism 1998 - 2000

Bath University

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.


Sasha Grey

Fashion Weekly Editor

Julian has been our ace card for a while now – he's dependable, always delivering his work on time. The quality of his work is of such high standard that we often don't need too many layers of edits to get the first draft into the published version. He helps us cover meaningful stories with a distinct voice, while also working as a team player. If you're looking for a quality writer, Julian's one I'd vouch for.

Martha Smith

World Politics Editor

Julian is one of those writers who are able to distinguish their own voice throughout any piece of work, without losing the soul of the publication itself. He's able to pick up on some of the finer nuances of the political climate and express them in words that are easy to comprehend and digest by many audiences. He's a delight to work with, and such a nice person, too.

Interested? Let’s get in touch.