Ryan Huish

Ryan HuishRyan-Huish

Assistant Professor of Biology

E-mail: rdh5b@uvawise.edu
Phone:276.328.0262
Office: Science 107B

 

 

Education

  • Ph.D. Biology (Plant Sciences), City University of New York and The New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY, September 2009
  • B.S. Botany (minor Anthropology, Hons), Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, August 2004

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Biology Lecture & Lab
  • Introduction to Biological Diversity Lab
  • Evolutionary Morphology of Plants
  • General Botany
  • Ethnobotany
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Field Botany Research
  • Local Flora

Research Interests

My research interests incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to address basic and applied questions in ethnobotany, ecology, and plant conservation. Some current research projects I am involved with include Tongan medical ethnobotany, Appalachian  ethnobotany, community-mediated conservation of the sandalwood tree, the conservation of several rare Southern Appalachian plants, and the dynamic relationships between maples, climate, and society. I currently lead the Southern Appalachian Maple Research Activities (SAMaRA) Team of researchers and community members, whose aim is to conserve sugar maple and assess alternative maple species for sugaring in the region, and to increase awareness of maple ecology, conservation, and socio-economic potential through research and educational activities.

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Economic Botany

Awards

USGS Northeast Climate Science Center (CSC) Grant, $149,867, Investigator (with Kristina Stinson, Toni Lyn Morelli, Selena Ahmed, Joshua Rapp, and David Lutz) Project Title: Climate Effects on the Culture and Ecology of Sugar Maple.

Selected Publications

Huish, R., M. Manow*, C. McMullen. 2015. Floral phenology and sex ratio of piratebush (Buckleya distichophylla, Santalaceae), a rare dioecious shrub endemic to the Southern Appalachian Mountains Castanea: Journal of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society 80(1), pp. 1–7.

Brosi, S., R. Huish. 2014. Aligning plant identification curricula to disciplinary standards through the framework of student-centered learning. in ed. book by C. Quave, Innovative Strategies for Teaching in the Plant Sciences. Springer Publishing. Pps. 83– 100.

Vougioukalou, S., K. Barfield, R. Huish, L. Shiels, S. Brosi, P. Harrison. 2014. The contribution of ethnobiology to teaching plant sciences: student and faculty perspectives. in ed. book by C. Quave, Innovative Strategies for Teaching in the Plant Sciences. Springer Publishing. Pps. 33–45.

Huish, R., K. Huish, T. Walker*, G. Shresthra. 2014. Traditional Tongan treatments for infections: bioassays and ethnobotanical leads for activity. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research. Vol. 8 (41), pp. 1215–1222.

Huish, R., T. Faka’osi, H. Likiafu, J. Mateboto, K. Huish. 2014. Distribution, population structure, and management of a rare sandalwood (Santalum yasi, Santalaceae) in Fiji and Tonga. Pacific Conservation Biology 21(1):27

Huish, R., R. Klopf, L. Fogarty*. 2016. Environmental correlates to population structure and health of the rare piratebush (Buckleya distichophylla) on Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve, Virginia. Natural Areas Journal (in press).

(*denotes student co-author)

Presentations

Huish, R., S. Brosi. May 2014. Student-centered learning and ethnobotanical connections in plant identification curriculum: engaging students in broader scientific competencies. Joint society conference for the Society of Ethnobiology and the Society for Economic Botany. Cherokee, NC. (team presentation)

Brosi, S., R. Huish. May 2014. Cherokee collaborative field school: teaching core concepts and competencies in ethnobiology through the lens of Cherokee artisan resources. Joint society conference for the Society of Ethnobiology and the Society for Economic Botany, Cherokee, NC. (team presentation)

Huish, R. October 2014. “Adventures with Piratebush (Buckleya distichophylla, Santalaceae): Investigations into the mysterious life and relationships of an elusive Appalachian shrub.” Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists. Moneta, VA. (invited presentation)

Gettings, M., R. Huish, and S. Wahl-Fouts. April 2014. Using mobile devises and apps in the classroom. Teaching and technology workshop series. Hollins University, Roanoke, VA. (team presentation)

Huish, R. January 2014. The role of medical ethnobotany in drug discovery: a case study from the South Pacific. Roanoke College Biology Department seminar. Salem, VA. (invited presentation)

Huish, R., H. McKinney*, C. Wyatt*, T. Faka’osi, H. Likiafu, J. Mateboto. October 2012. Community-mediated management strategies for sandalwood conservation: a discussion forum towards a collaborative knowledge base. International Sandalwood Symposium, Honolulu, HI.

Huish, R. September 2012. Appalachian ethnobotany. Blue Ridge Wildflower Society Meeting (a chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society), Roanoke, VA. (invited presentation)

Wagner, G., C. Fowler, K. Hall, R. Huish, C. Quave, F. Wyndham. June 2012. The biocultural diversity project. Annual meeting of the Society for Economic Botany, Frostburg, MD. (team presentation)

Vougioukalou, S., R. Huish, L. Shiels. June 2012. An evaluation of educational trends in ethnobiology: teacher and student perspectives on pedagogy and accreditation. Annual meeting of the Society for Economic Botany, Frostburg, MD. (team presentation)

Vougioukalou, S. and R. Huish. November 2011. Assessing trends in ethnobiology education. Open Science Network Meeting, Baltimore, MD. (team presentation)

Huish, R. November 2011. Appalachian ethnobotany. Blacksburg chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, Blacksburg, VA. (invited presentation)

Huish, R. September 2011. Cultivating our curriculum: growing together in the liberal arts. Faculty Lunch Series, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA.

Huish, R. July 2011. Developing curriculum for improving ethnobiology education and field research through collaborative resource pooling. in workshop “Teaching strategies to promote active learning in ethnobotany.” Joint conference of the Society for Economic Botany, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and the Botanical Society of America, St. Louis, MO (invited presentation).

Huish, R., E. Schooley*. July 2011. Antimicrobial properties of the Tongan medicinal plant Syzygium corynocarpum: bioassays in support of ethnobotanically-guided research. Joint conference of the Society for Economic Botany, American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Botanical Society of America, St. Louis, MO.

McKinney, H.*, R. Huish. July 2011. Broadening implications of ethnoecology and conservation: how human influence over the past millennia may have saved a rare tree species in the South Pacific. Joint conference of the Society for Economic Botany, American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Botanical Society of America, St. Louis, MO.

Huish, R., L. Thomson, T. Faka’osi, H. Likiafu, M. Tuiwawa, J. Mateboto, D. Little. June 2011. The sustainable management and conservation of sandalwood, Santalum yasi, in Fiji and Tonga. Tongan Forestry Department, Tongatapu, Tonga.

Huish, R. June 2011, Potential inter-institutional collaborations in ethnobotany and community development. University of the South Pacific, Tongatapu Campus, Tonga.

Huish, R. June 2011, Collaborations to conserve medicinal plant heritage in Tonga. Tongan Indigenous Pharmaceutical Society, Tongatapu, Tonga.

McKinney, H.*, Huish, R. May 2011. Community-mediated conservation in the South Pacific: how human influence over the past millennia has saved a rare tree species from possible extinction. Virginia Academy of Science, Richmond VA.

Huish, R., L. Thomson, T. Faka’osi, H. Likiafu, M. Tuiwawa, J. Mateboto, D. Little. May 2011. Current population dynamics of a rare sandalwood tree (Santalum yasi) in Fiji and Tonga. Virginia Academy of Science, Richmond, VA.

Thomson, L., R. Huish, T. Faka’osi, H. Likiafu, M. Tuiwawa, J. Mateboto, D. Little. November 2010. The sustainable management and conservation of Santalum yasi (Sandalwood) in Fiji and Tonga. Secretariat of the Pacific Community Sandalwood Workshop, Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Huish, R., L. Thomson, T. Faka’osi, H. Likiafu, M. Tuiwawa, J. Mateboto, D. Little. July 2010. The sustainable management and conservation of Santalum yasi (Sandalwood) in Fiji and Tonga. Society for Economic Botany. Xalapa, Mexico.

Huish, R., T. Faka’osi, H. Likiafu, M. Tuiwawa, J. Mateboto, L. Thomson, D. Little. April 2010. The sustainable management and conservation of Santalum yasi (Sandalwood) in Fiji and Tonga: A combined ecological and genetic approach. Association of Southeastern Biologists, Asheville, NC. †

Huish, R., L. Thomson, T. Faka’osi, H. Likiafu, M. Tuiwawa, J. Mateboto, D. Little. August 2009. The conservation and sustainable management of Santalum yasi (sandalwood) in Fiji and Tonga: a combined ecological, genetic, and GIS approach. New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY.

Huish, R., K. Huish. 2008. Antimicrobial activity of ethnobotanically-selected Tongan plants. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference, City University of New York, New York, NY. †

Huish, R. September 2005. Toward the sustainable management of Tongan medicinal plants. Explorers Club, New York, NY.

Huish, R. January 2004. Anti-microbial and anti-tumor activity of poison ivy (Toxicodendron rhydbergi) and other rangeland plants. Society for Range Management Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Huish, R., K. Huish, R. Cates. March 2003. Ethnopharmacology of the Tongan ethnopharmacopoeia. Society of Ethnobiology Conference, Seattle, WA.
Huish, K., R. Huish. March 2003. Ethnobotanical research in Tonga: in-depth study of the traditional treatments for infection. Society of Ethnobiology Conference, Seattle, WA.

(* denotes student co-author, † denotes poster presentation)