Ralph Riccio is a Shellfish Biologist representing Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe for Clallam MRC. He is originally from Rhode Island, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology and spent several years working in eelgrass restoration. He joined the Peace Corps in 2005 and was stationed in Western Samoa working as an Integrated Coastal Management Volunteer. Ralph combined his interest in travel and community development to assist coastal communities with food production and adapting to the effects of climate change. After his return, he earned his Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and is currently working with Jamestown S’Klallam tribal members to restore Olympia oyster populations. In his spare time, Ralph enjoys traveling, learning foreign languages, free diving and riding horses.