Ryan is currently studying sooty tern conservation and survivorship in the Dry Tortugas of Florida. After graduating from Emory University in 2011, he spent a year in Madagascar studying lemur behavior and ranges, as well as working with local communities to help promote conservation efforts. Ryan is generally interested in how the decisions made by policy makers affect biodiversity and how the decisions society makes affect natural processes controlling biodiversity (i.e. disease, inter-species competition, etc.).
In May 2014, Ryan presented a talk on Using Animal Tracking to Investigate Changes in Sooty Tern Breeding at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Symposium on Animal Movement and the Environment.
The video of this presentation appears above.