Ryan Kelly Quinn

STEM Teacher/Mentor

Ryan Quinn was born and raised in a small, rural town in coastal Rhode Island. She earned a bachelors in Biological Sciences from the University of Rhode Island in 2015, completing several fellowships in the fields of ecology and biogeochemistry before graduating. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Rhode Island and Oak Ridge National Laboratory for several years. As an RA, Ryan was afforded the opportunity to help answer important questions about how human-induced changes to our natural world drives global change, and what are the implications of those changes on our future. Throughout her career she conducted research in salt marshes, rainforests, mangrove forests, wastewater treatment plants, oyster farms, and agricultural farms as well as participating in lab-based experiments in controlled aquarium and terrarium environments.

In 2018, she enrolled in a graduate program at Boston University, where she completed a research-based thesis titled Quantifying and comparing belowground carbon pools and fluxes among crop species proposed as potential sources of bioenergy. At BU, she taught several undergraduate STEM laboratories. She has presented research at multiple international conferences and is a co-author on two papers published in peer-reviewed journals.