Ryan Tainsh


JWU Faculty Since 2006

Associate Professor Ryan Tainsh

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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.


  • Ed.D., University of the Cumberlands
  • M.S., University of Rhode Island
  • B.S., University of Rhode Island


  • BIO3100 Coastal Ecology
  • BIO2046 Human Physiology Lab
  • BIO1026 General Biology Lab - Organismal
  • SCI1015 Introduction to Life Science
  • SCI2030 Introduction to Ecology
  • SCI3020 Sustainability Policy and Planning

Professional Affiliations

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