Ryan Huish

Ryan Huish

Ryan Huish is an Associate Professor of Biology at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He received his bachelor’s 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. 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—a professional field of study called “ethnobotany”. His research interests incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to address basic and applied questions in ethnobotany, ecology, and plant conservation. He focuses on the cultural regions of the central Appalachians, Tonga, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. He loves spending time outdoors with his family and enjoys cooking with plants, international traditional music, religious studies, poetry, art, gardening, hiking, camping, and hunting for wild edibles. He and his family practice applying ethnobotanical principles in their agroforestry farm in the Virginia Appalachians.

All Sessions by Ryan Huish

Adult Fall Retreat Day 2 10/27/2023
11:00 am - 11:50 am

Appalachian Ethnobotany: Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants (Ryan Huish)

Ballroom D

Have you ever wondered about what wild plants you can eat or use as medicine? How do you know you’re identifying the right plants? Come learn how plants have been traditionally used in the region and how you can actually identify and use them too! They’re more than just an emergency supply for food or medicine—incorporate them into your everyday meals and improve your health. We will discuss details of proper plant identification and will meet some of these plants on a hike together.

Youth Fall Retreat Day 2 10/25/2024
11:00 am - 11:50 am

Appalachian Ethnobotany: Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants (Ryan Huish)

Ballroom D

Have you ever wondered about what wild plants you can eat or use as medicine? How do you know you’re identifying the right plants? Come learn how plants have been traditionally used in the region and how you can actually identify and use them too! They’re more than just an emergency supply for food or medicine—incorporate them into your everyday meals and improve your health. We will discuss details of proper plant identification and will meet some of these plants on a hike together.