Dr. Ryburn joined the Biology Department of OCU in August of 2009. He earned his B.S. from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1998, and his Ph.D. in Plant Science from Oklahoma State University in 2003 under the direction of Ronald J. Tyrl. Prior to this Dr. Ryburn taught at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta.
As a plant taxonomist, the focus
of his research is the classification and identification of
plants. He has started working with other state botanists
to construct a Flora of Oklahoma.
Originally from Anadarko, he and his lovely wife Maranda reside in Mustang with their two children; one son, Addison, and one daughter, Madalyn.