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Patrick (Paddy) Ryan is currently an Associate Adjunct Professor at the Colorado School of Mines.He has a first class honors degree and doctorate from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He was on the faculty of the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji from 1978 to 1988. For several years he was race director of the Fiji International Marathon and has competed in 11 marathons including Boston and Honolulu. After a gap of 24 years he successfully completed the Denver marathon in October, 2009. From 1988 to 1995 Paddy worked first as fresh water biologist, then as environmental planner for the West Coast Regional Council in New Zealand's South Island. He then set up his own photography and environmental consultancy businesses. His clients included the New Zealand government, the BBC and Granada television. In 1997 he moved to Denver, Colorado to be with his now ex-wife Kathy. Before taking up his current position, Paddy taught at Metro State for two years and even spent 18 months loading bags into planes at Denver international Airport before working at Johnson & Wales University where he became a full professor. Dr. Ryan has published many scientific papers and books including The Snorkelers Guide to the Coral Reef which was published in United States, Australia and New Zealand as well as being translated into German. He also wrote and photographed souvenir guides for the Denver and Fort Worth zoos. Paddy has been a lecturer for Clipper Cruises on voyages around Tasmania and New Zealand's South Island. Each year he leads a dive trip to a different, usually tropical, destination. Dr. Ryan is a PADI Dive master and has logged over 1,000 dives in a variety of environments. He has own photographic business which can be accessed at


Baja California Sur

Photos from Paddy's 2009 Dive Trip to Loreto, Baja California Sur.

Updated: Apr 10, 2011 4:57pm MDT

Louisiana oil spill response

Photos from a 2 week trip to the Mississippi Delta. They belie much of ...

Updated: Jul 31, 2010 2:20pm MDT

Fort Worth Zoo

Updated: Sep 11, 2010 3:22pm MDT

My Smug Mug

Updated: Oct 11, 2010 9:45am MDT

Paradise in Fiji

These are photographs from my book Paradise in Fiji. The page numbers ...

Updated: Jun 06, 2014 4:21pm MDT