Dr. Patrick (Paddy) Ryan began his love of animals at 5 as he helped his parents patrol beaches for oiled up seabirds to cleaned & release. He got his first camera, a Box Brownie when he was seven which began is love of photography. He taught at the University of the South Pacific, later worked on NZ South Islands as a Freshwater Biologist & an Environmental Planner before becoming a freelance Environmental Consultant & Nature Photographer. Clients included Grenada Television, The BBC, Television New Zealand & many others. Relocated in 1996 to the U.S. where he teaches Marine Biology & Environmental Science at the Denver campus of Johnson & Wales University as a full professor, He also teaches Fundamentals of Ecology at the Colorado School of Mines as an adjunct associate professor. He has written a number of books amongst which are Fiordland Underwater: New Zealand’s Hidden Wilderness, The Snorkeller’s Guide to the Coral Reef & Fiji’s Natural Heritage.