Dr. Chadwick Rittenhouse to Receive Kinsman Teaching Award


On March 28, 2018, Dr. Chadwick Rittenhouse will be recognized as the 2018 recipient of the Kinsman Award for Excellence in Teaching by a junior faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR). Dr. Rittenhouse joined UConn in 2011 as an Assistant Research Professor and launched the Sustainable Environmental Planning and Management (SEPM) Online Graduate Certificate Program in 2014. Read more

Dr. Glenn Warner Retires After 27 Years at UConn


Dr. Glenn Warner retired in February 2018 after 27 years at UConn as a Professor of Water Resources. From 2000 to 2018, Dr. Warner served as the Director of the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CTIWR), which is part of a national network of 54 water institutes. Glenn taught various Water Resources courses, including Watershed Hydrology, Dynamic Modeling of Ecosystems, and Water Management and Engineering. Read more

Undergraduate Lena Ives Receives the 2018 Spignesi Scholarship 


Helena “Lena” Ives will be honored at the 17th Annual James V. Spignesi Jr. Scholarship Banquet in April 2018 as the 2018 Scholarship Recipient. Lena is an NRE undergraduate with a fisheries and wildlife conservation concentration. The scholarship was established in memory of James V. Spignesi, Jr., who was killed in the line of duty while working as a conservation officer.  The scholarship fund strives to reward men and women who have a passion for wildlife, while living their lives with integrity and humility. Read More

Dr. Jack Clausen Sources Contamination in Waterways


Understanding the source of contaminants in our waterways is crucial for public health and safety, and Dr. Clausen is developing an easy way to do just that. All contamination will eventually find its way downstream. In Connecticut that means it may travel through neighborhoods where residents swim, to larger recreational areas such as beaches, and eventually to the Long Island Sound and shellfish beds. And, without knowing the exact source of the problem, the contamination can’t be addressed. John Clausen of UConn’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, is now testing a protocol he developed to find the source. Clausen started this project almost by chance when he realized that a method had not yet been developed…Read More

Welcome Dr. Lauren Koenig- New Postdoctoral Research Associate


As an ecosystem ecologist and biogeochemist, Dr. Lauren Koenig’s research focuses on how energy and nutrients are stored and transformed in freshwater environments. For her  postdoctoral research, she is working with Dr. Ashley Helton. She is working on scaling stream metabolic regimes to whole river networks. Lauren says, “this research is exciting because I am building on my previous work that focused on primary production and respiration at small spatial scales to understand the emergent properties of river networks, which we currently know little about, but are important for understanding the contribution of freshwater ecosystems to continental carbon and nutrient budgets.”…Read more

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