A Chicago native and graduate of The University of Montana, Ryan Killackey started his career as a wildlife biologist on various research projects — studying frogs in freshwater lakes, tracking and live trapping wolverines and as a wilderness ranger at a bear observatory in Alaska. But his passion has always been for amphibians. After several years in the U.S., this passion led him to the Ecuadorian Amazon and a transition to photography and film began in 2005. Killackey has since worked on several projects for Giant Screen Films (3D/IMAX), National Geographic, PBS, Yale E360 and others. Yasuni Man (Mountainfilm 2017) is Killackey’s first feature film.