Ryan holds an Honours BSc in biology from the University of Saskatchewan. He has participated in rigorous fieldwork studying birds for multiple projects across North America. Ryan is also currently an assistant bander and part-time bander-in-charge at Last Mountain Bird Observatory in Saskatchewan.
Ryan is passionate about ecology and the rich natural history of Saskatchewan's prairies. His hobbies include birding, collecting and identifying insects, enjoying old films and classical literature, singing and playing the piano (especially the works of Chopin).