Ray has more than 30 years of experience in ecosystems analysis. His areas of expertise include hydrodynamic and water quality modeling, watershed pollutant loading development, and biochemical cycling systems. He has worked closely with local governments, private industries, and Florida estuary conservation partners, providing assistance in planning, project management, and technical support.

He has been heavily involved in water quality issues related to Florida’s Impaired Water Rule, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), and Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs). He has worked with many local counties and municipalities on issues including watershed management plans, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit reporting, and TMDL review and development. Prior to joining ESA, he was co-founder of Janicki Environmental, Inc., which was acquired by ESA in December 2023.