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Jason Vokoun Appointed Head, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

This past August, after serving as interim head in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment since May of 2017,  Jason Vokoun was appointed department head. He was also promoted to full professor and director of the interdisciplinary environmental sciences major. “It has been an eventful year for me professionally,” Vokoun says. “I’m humbled to be able to tap into my passion to help people succeed. One of my favorite things about being a professor has always been to work with students and help them find a path to their career. That was always the thing that gave me the most joy. I find in being department head that I am able to do similar things, but now across broader networks of people. It has been the great surprise of this position and provides me a lot of personal satisfaction.”  Read more


A New Tide at UConn’s Connecticut Institute of Water Resources

What do taking a trip to the beach, testing a well, and planting a new garden have in common? You guessed it – water.  UConn is home to a state-wide organization focused on providing Connecticut’s citizens with information and research about all the water resources we encounter in our daily lives. As the state’s land grant university, UConn became the home of the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CTIWR) in 1964 as part of College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources. The institute seeks to resolve state and regional water related problems and provide a strong connection between water resource managers and the academic community. CTIWR also seeks to share water-related research and other information with the general public to bridge the gap between scientists and the community.  Read more



Dr. Chadwick Rittenhouse Receives Kinsman Award

On March 28, 2018, Dr. Chadwick Rittenhouse was 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. Dr. Rittenhouse coordinates and instructs for the SEPM Program, which focuses on building professional skills for those currently in sustainable environmental and natural resource positions or eager to learn more about these fields. Students study ecological systems, decision-making processes, communication methods and software-based geospatial tools. Rittenhouse says, “I encourage each student to tailor class projects to their personal interests.  Read more


Contact the Natural Resources and the Environment Department:

1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
(860) 486-2840