Ryan has a long-held love for zoology and the natural world. He has worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician, cared for the penguins at the Oregon Zoo, and traveled throughout the western states studying migratory birds. Living in Pacific City, Ryan enjoys birding at Sandlake Estuary and delights in the annual return of the California brown pelicans. When he’s not out surfing or digging clams, he’s teaching guests about the best parts about our beach, especially the tide pools, and promoting beach stewardship by cleaning up trash and heading our Barrel Bag cleanup efforts. In his free time, Ryan enjoys culinary pursuits — including crafting cocktails, baking bread, and making fermented foods. He, his wife, and their rescue beagle, Buddy, are avid explorers of the Oregon Coast, discovering its many trails, its sights, and its exceptional camping locales.