I teach biology and general science courses at JWU’s Providence Campus.”


My current scientific scholarship interests include plant nutrient uses and the process of plant nutrient resorption, especially in salt marsh habitats. I also have 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, I teach both the coastal ecology and seminar courses in the biology major. I also teach a variety of non-major courses, online courses, and courses in the sustainability minor. In all my courses, I deeply enjoy engaging with students in an active and collaborative manner to help them develop as learners and scholars.

In addition to my role as a faculty member in the Science Department, I am also the director of the Faculty Center for Excellence & Innovation on the Providence campus. In this role, I assist 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


  • “Does leaf size influence resorption of nutrients from senescing leaves?” Northeastern Naturalist, 2002. Authors: Keith Killingbeck and Ryan Tainsh
  • “Thoughtfully Designed Online Courses as Effective Adult Learning Tools,” Journal of Adult Education, 2016. Authors: Ryan Tainsh
  • “Nutrient resorption efficiency and proficiency in Iva frutescens (Marsh Elder), a woody salt marsh perennial.” Authors: Ryan Tainsh and Keith Killingbeck
  • “Engage Your Environment” sections of “Environmental Science: Foundations and Applications,” 2012. Authors: Ryan Tainsh