Ryan is part of the HOPE team who are working on the NLHF Hope for the Future "Move a Million" project to recurate the 1 million specimens that are currently stored in the Westwood room in OUMNH. Daily tasks mainly include recuration and relabelling of specimens; photography of drawers for posterity and online use; public outreach and transportation of the completed drawers to new secure off-site housing. Completion of the task will see the collection transformed into an accessible resource for worldwide researchers.
Ryan has volunteered and worked with many organisations over the past decade in the entomology field. He began volunteering at the London Natural History Museum in 2007 working in the entomology department on working on recuration projects such as the recuration of Arachnological spirit collections and British Orthoptera collection. More recently he has worked at the Ulster Museum as Natural Sciences Trainee Curator and worked with Buglife NI in The Burren, County Clare surveying and identifying material. He studied BSc Animal Conservation and Biodiversity at Greenwich University and has a deep interest in entomology with a particular interest in Diptera.