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Dr John Charles Ryan

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6454 , Email:, Campus: ML, Room: ML17.206,
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6454  
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.206  


Professional Memberships

  • Communications Officer and Newsletter Editor, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLEC-ANZ), 2012

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2011 Highly Commended, Peter Cowan Centre Patron’s Prize, Quenda
  • 2010 First Place, Creatrix Poetry Prize, Under the Wattle Scrub
  • 2009 Commended, Tom Collins Poetry Prize, Dispersion of Seed

Research Areas and Interests

  • Ecocultural studies
  • Australian and American ecocriticism
  • Cultural history of Australian flora
  • Environmental philosophy
  • Environmental writing
  • Practice-led research

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), Edith Cowan University, 2011 .


Recent Research Grants

  • FloraCultura: Conserving Perth?s Plant-Based Cultural Heritage through a Digital Repository,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2013,  2013,  $23,365.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Ryan, J., (2013), Unbraided Lines: Essays in Environmental Thinking and Writing. On Sustainability, 141, Champaign, Illinois.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Green Sense: The Aesthetics of Plants, Place and Language. Bridging Disciplines Series, 406, Oxford, England.

Journal Articles

  • Ryan, J., (2013), Toward a Phen(omen)ology of the Seasons: The Emergence of the Indigenous Weather Knowledge Project (IWKP). Environment, Space, Place, 5(1), 103-131, Southern Connecticut State University.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), Stories of Snow and Fire: The Importance of Narrative to a Critically Pluralistic Environmental Aesthetic. Humanities, 2(1), 99-118, Basel, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3390/h2010099.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), 'The Name Blossomed': Landscapes, Habitats and the Botanical Poetry of South-West Australia. Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology, 2(1), 26-42, Launceston, Tasmania.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), A Poetic Mycology of the Senses: Four Poems on Mushrooms. PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature, 10(1), 55-66, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Narrative Environmental Ethics, Nature Writing, and Ecological Science as Tradition: Towards a Sponsoring Ground of Concern. Philosophy Study, 2(11), 822-834, El Monte, CA.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), CCA3101/4101 Environmental Humanities: The History of a Unit through an Ecopedagogical Lens. US-China Education Review: B Education Theory, 2(12), 1013-1020, El Monte, CA, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Process Philosophy and the Text-Image Interface: A Study of Three Western Australian Botanical Illustrators. Arts, 1(2), 13-38, DOI: 10.3390/arts1020013.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), The Six Seasons: Shifting Australian Nature Writing Towards Ecological Time and Embodied Temporality. Transformations, n/a(21), 12, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Botanical memory: Exploring emotional recollections of native flora in the Southwest of Western Australia. Emotion, Space and Society, n/a(n/a), 12, Exeter, UK, DOI:
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Towards Intimate Relations: Gesture and Contact Between Plants and People. PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature, n/a(9), 29-36, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Passive Flora? Reconsidering Nature?s Agency through Human-Plant Studies (HPS). Societies, 2(3), 101-121, DOI: 10.3390/soc2030101.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), A Poetry of Science or a Science of Poetry? The Speculative Method of Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802). The International Journal of Literary Humanities, 10(1), 45-57, Champaign, IL, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Humanity?s Bioregional Places: Linking Space, Aesthetics, and the Ethics of Reinhabitation. Humanities, n/a(1), 80-103, DOI: 10.3390/h1010080.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Which to Become? Encountering Fungi in Australian Poetry. Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, 4(2), 132-143.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), An Unlikely Marriage: Theorizing the Corporeality of Language at the Crossroads of Thoreau, Heidegger and the Botanical World. Philosophy Study, 1(2), 139-149, Libertyville, Illinois, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Plants as Objects: Challenges for an Aesthetics of Flora. Philosophy Study, 1(3), 222-236, Libertyville, Illinois, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Cultural Botany: Toward a Model of Transdisciplinary, Embodied, and Poetic Research Into Plants. Nature and Culture, 6(2), 123-148, Germany, DOI: 10.3167/nc.2011.060202.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Anthoethnography: Emerging Research into the Culture of Flora, Aesthetic Experience of Plants, and the Wildflower Tourism of the Future. New Scholar, 1(1), 28-40, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Plants, Processes, Places: Sensory Intimacy and Poetic Enquiry. Axon: Creative Explorations, 1(1), 1-16.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Recalling Walden: Thoreau's Embodied Aesthetics and Australian Writings on Place. The Journal of Ecocriticism, 3(2), 43-57, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Values and Evaluations: Reading for Beauty in John Lindley?s A Sketch of the Vegetation of the Swan River Colony (1839-40). The New Critic, n/a(13), 1-17, Crawley, Western Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Towards a Corporeal Aesthetics of Plants: Ethnographies of Embodied Appreciation Along the Wildflower Trail. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 24(4), 543-557, DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2010.489721.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Not a Bush Flaneur? The Convergent Topographies of Recreational Bushwalking, Floristic Appreciation and Human Embodiment in the Southwest of Western Australia. Colloquy: Monash University Postgraduate Journal, n/a(20), 5-32, Victoria, Australia, DOI: n/a.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Green Tropism and the Southwest Australian Flora: From the Green Man to the Ravensthorpe Woman. The International Journal of the Humanities, 8(2), 211-227, Champaign, IL, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Botanic Field Aesthetics: A Methodology of Embodied Research into Indigenous Southwest Flora. Landscapes, 4(1), 96-107, Mount Lawley, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2009), `Plants That Perform For You'? From Floral Aesthetics to Floraesthesis in the Southwest of Western Australia. Australian Humanities Review, n/a(47), 117-140, Canberra, Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2009), Why Do Extinctions Matter? Mourning the Loss of Indigenous Flora in the Southwest of Western Australia. Philament, December 2009(15), 51-80, Sydney.

Conference Publications

  • Ryan, J., (2013), FloraCultures: Conserving Perth?s botanical heritage through a digital repository. ANZCA Conference Proceedings 2013, 22p., Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Leaves of a Tree: Interweaving the Many Narratives of Southwest Australian Flora. Research Journal of the ooi Junior Academy, Transactions on Nature, 11(Sept 2011), 43-60, Ruston, Louisiana, USA.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Palm-like Fingers Gripping a Coarse Line of Air: Poetry As a Method of Enquiry into Southwest Australian Flora. Creative Margins: Provoking Texts: New Postgraduate Research From the Edge, 24p., Bentley, WA.

Creative Works

  • Ryan, J., (2013), Chaga: An Eclogue in Fragments. PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature (No. 10), Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), The Heritage Values of Anstey-Keane Bush Forever Site: A Personal Reflection. Perth's Bush Forever Report Card: Proceedings of December 2012 Conference, West Perth, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets Anthology (9 poems & process statement). Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets, Fremantle, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), All Living Language (3 poems & process statement). All Living Language , Joondalup, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), CREATRIX (2 poems). CREATRIX Poetry and Haiku Journal, Perth.
  • Ryan, J., (2013), Prosopisia (4 poems). Prosopisia: An International Journal of Poetry and Creative Writing, Ajmer, India.
  • Taylor, J., Stevenson, K., Gardiner, A., Ryan, J., (2013), Overturning the Sudden End: New Interpretations of Catastrophe (co-authored with J. Taylor, K. Stevenson and A. Gardiner). M/C Journal (Vol. 16, No. 1), Brisbane.
  • Pouliot, A., Ryan, J., (2013), Fungi: An Entangled Exploration (co-authored with A. Pouliot). PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature (No. 10), Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Morphologies of Water. Sunlight of Ordinary Days, Joondalup.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Scything Grass at a Canadian Homestead. CREATRIX, Perth, DOI:
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Review of 'Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia and California, 1850-1935' by Erika Esau. Continuum 26:2, 333-335, Abingdon, England, DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2011.562974.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Review of 'Restless Spirits: The Life and Times of a Wandering Artist'. Landscapes, Mount Lawley.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), three peaks triptych. Yellow Edenwald Field, Buffalo, NY.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Three botanical haiku. PAN: Philosophy, Activism, Nature, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), The Pool, Morphologies of Water and Questioning Botanical Forms. Sunlight of Ordinary Days: Twelve Poets of the Peter Cowan Writers' Centre, Joondalup.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Three botanical haiku and physis/flower. PAN: Philosophy, Activism, Nature Issue 9, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Review of 'birdlife'. Landscapes, Mount Lawley.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Editorial: Sunlight of Ordinary Days. Sunlight of Ordinary Days: Twelve Poets of the Peter Cowan Writers' Centre, Joondalup.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Cover Endorsement for 'forward slash'. forward slash, Fremantle.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Foreword: Two with Nature. Two with Nature: Botanical Illustration of Ellen Hickman and Botanical Poetry of John Ryan, Fremantle.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Questioning Botanical Forms. Sunlight of Ordinary Days, Joondalup.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), sound = colour. Global Fusion Voices, Allahabad, India.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), physis/flower. PAN: Philosophy, Activism, Nature, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Cover Endorsement for 'Six Seasons'. Six Seasons: A Bilingual Collection of Australian and Chinese Poems, Mount Lawley.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Two With Nature: Botanical Illustration of Ellen Hickman and Botanical Poetry of John Ryan., Fremantle.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), metanoia: from cape naturaliste. Yellow Field, Buffalo, NY.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), The Pool. Sunlight of Ordinary Days, Joondalup.
  • Ryan, J., (2012), Wedge Acres. A World Rediscovered: An Anthology of Contemporary Verse (ed. Jean LeBlanc), Allahabad, India.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), dotting the dash: An Interview with John Charles Ryan. dotdotdash magazine,
  • Ryan, J., (2011), A Colony of Royal Hakea. Harvests of the New Millennium: Art and Poetry, Allahabad, India.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Hemotography: The Artist Writes His Blood. Taj Mahal Review, Allahabad, India.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Quenda. Peter Cowan Writers' Centre E-Magazine, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), I Lose My Balance Stretching for Wattle Pods. Taj Mahal Review, Allahabad, India.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Smokebush Coda: A Poetics of Plants In-Becoming. ECU Research Week 2011, Edith Cowan University.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Notes on a Dying Chook. dotdotdash, 'Jukebox' issue, Stanmore, NSW, Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Sheoak Reverie. dotdotdash, 'Jukebox' issue, Stanmore, NSW, Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Qualup Bell. Bukker Tillibul, Volume 5,
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Katoomba Incantation: Collected Poems. Katoomba Incantation, Allahabad, India.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Wheatbelt Pneuma: dotdotdash. dotdotdash, 'Jukebox' issue, Stanmore, NSW, Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Understanding Parrot Bush. Side Stream: Poetry from the Fringe, New Zealand.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), 12 Wildflower Images: Photos with Poems. Edith Cowan University Research Week Exhibition, Kurongkurl Katitjin Gallery, Mount Lawley and University Gallery, Joondalup.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Nature Writing for Love of the Earth. Conscious Living, Denmark, Western Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Wildflower Triptych. dotdotdash,
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Bush Tucker. Landscapes, Sustainabilia,
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Sifting horticulture from botany: John Lindley's 'A Sketch of the Vegetation of the Swan River Colony' (1840). Australian Garden History, Melbourne.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), The Orchid Effect. New Scholar: An International Journal of the Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences,
  • Ryan, J., (2011), The Four Elements: A Series. Landscapes, Sustainabilia,
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Walking the Waterwheel. Peter Cowan Writers' Centre E-Magazine, Joondalup, Australia (online).
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Oscillations: A Poem. CREATRIX,
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Sunday Zamia Swagger. Perilous Adventures Issue 10:04, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), When Poems Llike Bedbugs Bite. Ricochet Magazine Issue 02 Spring/Summer 2010, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Calligram - Nerved Hakea. Swamp Issue 9, Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), First Kangaroo Paws. Cottonmouth Issue 19 November 2010, Northbridge, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Wheatbelt Pneuma. Writing on the Wall , Perth, Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Possums. Writing on the Wall , Perth, Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), On the Desirability of Wildflowers Whilst Dogwalking. Landscapes Vol 4 Issue 1 Winter 2010, Perth, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Agrophobia in the Garden State. Creatrix Issue 10 September 2010, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Quabbin Reservoir, Nearing Spring. Creatrix Issue 10 September 2010, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Orchid Anima. Perilous Adventures issue 10:02 , Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Katoomba Incantation. Philament Issue 16: Borders, Regions, Worlds, Sydney, NSW.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Under the Wattle Scrub. Creatrix Issue 9 2010, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Blood. Colloquy: text theory critique Issue 20 2010, Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2010), Walking Libations. Gum Blossoms , Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2009), Three Peaks. Creatrix Issue 5, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2009), Inside a Jarrah Tree, A Black Tunnel Reaching Skyward. Landscapes Vol 3 Issue 2 Summer 2009, Perth, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2009), Balga, Jarrahdale, Western Australia. Landscapes Vol 3 Issue 2 Summer 2009, Perth, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2009), Dispersion of Seed, Stirling Range. Landscapes Vol 3 Issue 2 Summer 2009, Perth, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2009), Seven Names for a Plant. Swamp Issue 5, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2009), Crossing the Fjord. Swamp Issue 5, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2009), Quandong Kojonup Djeran. Swamp Issue 5, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2009), The Western Australian Herbarium. Creatrix Issue 6, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2009), You Are Known by the Company You Keep. Philament Issue 15, Online.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Perth Poetry Club Reading. Featured Reader, Perth Poetry Club, The Moon, Northbridge, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Fremantle Poetry Month Reading: Qualup bell; inside a jarrah tree, a black tunnel reaching skyward; first kangaroo paws. Fremantle Poetry Month Launch, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Beastiary of Flowers: A Response to Sidney Nolan's Paradise Garden Series. As is Painting, so is Poetry, Lawrence Wilson Gallery, University of Western Australia.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), The Green Fuse: Reflections on Plants, Place and Poetry. Writing in the Wild: Nature Writers Retreat, Teahouse Books, Denmark, WA.
  • Ryan, J., (2011), Patron's Prize for Poetry Reading: Quenda. Peter Cowan Writers' Centre Monthly Meeting, Peter Cowan Writers' Centre, Joondalup, WA.
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