Ryan Rubino grew up in a small beach town in CT wanting to learn about the ocean. After high school,he attended the University of Connecticut and majored in Marine Science with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. After graduating, he worked for the state of CT on a fish trawling and aging project and helped with various other fisheries related topics ranging from sturgeon tagging to trout hatchery work and water quality. During the off season from the trawling job, he worked as a divemaster for a reef conservation and restoration group in Thailand and also briefly worked as a contractor for NOAA in Gloucester Massachusetts error checking commercial fishing data. Currently, Ryan is a NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Scholar working on a Master's Degree in Fisheries and Mariculture at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He studies under Dr. Joe Fox at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies in the Marine Resources Lab.