About Ryan Huish

Ryan Huish is planted at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Virginia and has taught Plant Biology, Ethnobotany, Medicinal Plants, Local Flora, Conservation Biology, Plants of Virginia, Appalachia: People, Place, and Plants, and Plants in Poetry and Art.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University studying botany and cultural anthropology, and received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Sciences at the City University of New York and The New York Botanical Garden. More information about his professional background can be found on his CV: Huish_CV_Aug_2015.

With a background in botany and cultural anthropology, he is fascinated with how historic and modern peoples around the world use plants for food, medicine, art, music, and metaphor. He is also interested in studying the commodification and conservation of these plants. His research interests incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to address basic and applied questions in ethnobotany, ecology, and plant conservation. Some current research projects he is involved with include Tongan medical ethnobotany, community-mediated conservation of sandalwood, the conservation of several rare Appalachian plants including piratebush and smooth coneflower, and the effects of climate change on sugar maple products and the corresponding socio-economic responses.

In addition to Professor Huish’s 460 plant families, he has a human family!  (That’s a lot to take care of!)  He loves spending time with his families, and in his spare time likes to read and make music.  He also enjoys plant-intimate cooking, international traditional music, religious studies, poetry, art, gardening, hiking, camping, and hunting for wild edibles.


Contact Information


Ryan Huish, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Department of Natural Sciences

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

1 College Avenue

Wise, VA 24293

Email: rdh5b@uvawise.edu

Office: 276-328-0262, Science Bldg. 107B


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