Ryan Tainsh

Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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Ryan Tainsh’s current scientific scholarship interests include plant nutrient uses and the process of plant nutrient resorption, especially in salt marsh habitats. He also has a professional interest in the field of teaching and learning, specifically self-directed learning, adult education, online learning and the impact of teaching strategies on science education.

Currently, Tainsh teaches both the coastal ecology and seminar courses in the Biology major. He also teaches a variety of non-major courses, online courses and courses in the sustainability minor. In all his courses, Tainsh deeply enjoys engaging with students in an active and collaborative manner to help them develop as learners and scholars.

In addition to his role as a faculty member in the Science Department, Tainsh is also the director of the Faculty Center for Excellence & Innovation on the Providence Campus. In this role, he assists faculty members in developing professionally in their role as scholars and teachers by overseeing the development and implementation of faculty workshops, discussion groups, learning communities and funding programs.

Professional Memberships

  • National Science Teachers Association, 2010-present
  • National Association of Biology Teachers, 2010-present
  • Association of College University Biology Educators, 2010-present
  • Rhode Island Science Teachers Association, 2010-present
  • New England Faculty Development Consortium, 2016-present


  • Dimos, C. & Tainsh, R. (2016, December 20).  “Scientific Literacy: Primary Research Article vs. Lay Press Secondary Article.” Retrieved from: http://www.lifescitrc.org/resource.cfm?submission
  • Killingbeck, K.T. & Tainsh, R. (2002). “Does leaf size influence resorption of nutrients from senescing leaves?” Northeastern Naturalist, 9(2), 213-220.
  • Tainsh, R. (2012). “Engage Your Environment.” In Friedland, Relyea, and Courard-Hauri, “Environmental Science: Foundations & Applications.” W.H. Freeman & Company, New York, NY
  • Tainsh, R. (2015, March 1). “The Botany of Desire: The Missing Chapter.” Retrieved from: http://lifescitrc.org/resource.cfm?submission
  • Tainsh, R. (2016). “Thoughtfully designed online courses as effective adult learning tools.” Journal of Adult Education, 45(1), 7.
  • Tainsh, R. & Killingbeck, K.T. (in review). “Nutrient resorption efficiency and proficiency in Iva frutescens (Marsh Elder), a woody salt marsh perennial.”
  • Tainsh, R. (2019, September 8). “Field Data Analysis: Narragansett Bay Water Quality.” Retrieved from: http://www.lifescitrc.org/resource.cfm?submissionID=12089