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NRCA named recipient of Provost’s Award for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship in Career Recognition for Team

The Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) was named the 2019 recipient of the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship in the Career Recognition for Team category. The NRCA is an innovative program in conservation and land use planning that engages Connecticut high school students, adult conservation volunteers and teachers with conservation efforts at the community level. The program is a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Center for Land Use Education and Research, the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering and the Neag School of Education.

NRCA Teacher Professional Learning Program Coordinator Laura Cisneros accepted the award on behalf of the team. Cisneros is an assistant extension professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Read more about the award at the Office of the Provost

Gary Robbins Elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America

Society Fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of the profession by election at the spring GSA Council meeting. GSA members are nominated by existing GSA Fellows in recognition of a sustained record of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and the Geological Society of America through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology, leadership of professional organizations, and taking on editorial, bibliographic, and library responsibilities.

"Gary Robbins has developed seminal analytical solutions governing solute transport in groundwater, and novel and important methods to characterize groundwater quality and aquifer material properties from monitoring wells. His work has advanced both the scientific understanding of contamination fate and transport as well as how best to remediate it in the future." —Donald Siegel

Gary Robbins

Dr. Ashley Helton Receives the AAUP Award

Dr. Ashley Helton received the "AAUP Excellence in Research and Creativity: Early Career Award" at the Connecticut State Capitol Building on April 15th. Dr. Helton joined the University of Connecticut in 2013  and interested in how water and elemental (primarily carbon and nutrient) cycles are linked across landscapes and how human activities and global climate change alter these cycles and their interactions. Her research focuses on a range of freshwater ecosystems - streams and rivers, floodplains, and wetlands using a variety of field and simulation modeling approaches. Read More


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. Anita Morzillo Receives Kinsman Award

Dr. Anita Morzillo will receive the Donald M. Kinsman Award for Excellence in Teaching! Kinsman was a strong advocate for teaching and went out of his way to encourage and compliment individuals whose efforts and reputations supported their efforts to be effective in the classroom. NRE faculty have received this CAHNR award three years in a row.  Read more


Contact the Natural Resources and the Environment Department:

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