A Chicago native and graduate of The University of Montana, 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 was with amphibians and reptiles.
After several years of research and exploration in the US, his passions lead him to the Ecuadorian Amazon and his transition to photography and film began in 2005. He has since worked on several projects for National Geographic, PBS Nature, Giant Screen Films (3D/IMAX), Yale E360 and many others. His work has taken him for over 50 countries across 6 continents.
Ryan currently works as a camera operator on several television programs for ABC News at their Times Square Studio in New York City. He resides in Brooklyn where he is working on several projects including a horror film, a historical fiction television series.
His first documentary Yasuni Man released ot much acclaim. His next feature documentary, A Light in the Darkness, is coming in 2023/24.