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Keeping Bears Wild

NRE grad student Melissa Ruszczyk, a biologist with DEEP, is researching how black bears interact with food sources provided by humans

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Managing Roadside Forests One Video at a Time

NRE Ph.D. student Durga Joshi, is developing technology to effectively handle trees and mitigate their impact during severe storms.

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Meet Undergraduate Student Hannah Desrochers

Hannah Desrochers became a natural resources major after her first semester at UConn. She was looking for an exciting path that would take her coursework and career outdoors. Interested in wildlife conservation, she had the chance to study animals and their ecosystems during an education abroad trip to South Africa. The experience confirmed her passion to preserve habitat and protect animals for future generations.

Read more about Hannah’s experiences as a UConn student at UConn Today.

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UConn Woodsmen: Their Sport is the Great Outdoors

The UConn Woodsmen are a club on campus that compete in intercollegiate timbersports, sports that are based on the traditional skills of forestry needed to be a lumberjack! They practice chopping, sawing, and transporting wood, as well as a plethora of other related skills such as throwing axes and building fires. The group will host its ninth annual Jack and Jill meet at Ratcliffe Hicks Arena on March 7.

Learn more about the club in their segment on the UConn 360 Podcast or on their facebook page @UCONNWoodsmen! Questions about the team or practice times can be sent to

Tree Sway at the The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Amanda Bunce, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, recently translated her forestry research into an art installation. In a collaboration with faculty and students in School of Fine Arts, she created a piece about tree sway for the Weather Report, an exhibit currently on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

The Weather Report explores weather phenomena and the Earth’s atmosphere through different visual media, including sculpture, drawing, painting, installation and video. According to the press release, the exhibit aims “to reveal the sky as a site where the romantic, the political, the social, and the scientific co-exist and inform one another.”

Read more about Amanda and the exhibit at UConn Today.

Meet Graduate Student Anna Puchkoff

With an academic background in various environmental sciences and hands-on experience with ecosystems at Yosemite, Anna Puchkoff has learned a lot. However, she was drawn to UConn’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment because she needed to answer some more of her scientific questions. 

Read her full interview at UConn Today.


Meet Graduate Student Steven DiFalco

Steven DiFalco spent five years restoring parks and forests in New York, where he monitored vegetation, managed invasive species and sowed native plants before deciding to continue his education. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. Now focused on roadside vegetation management, he is using social science survey methods to learn more about Connecticut residents’ attitudes and beliefs about forests along roadways and utility corridors. His research seeks to find ways to reduce tree-related storm damage while creating visually appealing spaces.

Read his full interview at UConn Today.


Meet Undergraduate Student Paulina Frutos

Paulina Frutos is a senior majoring in environmental science and biology. Last summer, she completed a research experience for undergraduate students (REU) with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Paulina was recently selected as one of the Fall 2018 UConn IDEA Grant award recipients, for her project titled, “Assessment of Microbial Community Diversity and Influences in a Restored Freshwater Tidal Marsh.” Here is what she said about her time at UConn.


Meet Undergraduate Student Alaina Bisson

Alaina Bisson is a senior environmental science major with a concentration in global change. She is a lab technician in the Applied Plant Ecology Lab at the University of Connecticut, which is a position that she has held since the fall semester of 2016. Alaina is a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow recipient, which she used the research grant to study the decomposition rates in Connecticut coastal wetlands. Alaina also lives and works on the Spring Valley Student Farm.


PhD Student Janet Barclay Receives the Research and Creativity Award

PhD student Janet Barclay will receive the Graduate Student Research Award at the CAHNR Awards & Honors Event! This award recognizes outstanding scholarly/creative productivity and national visibility in research activities. Congratulations! Janet's research focuses on Water Resources & Nutrient Dynamics. Read More


MS Student Sean Ooi Receives the Research and Creativity Award

MS student Sean Ooi will receive the Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award at the CAHNR Awards & Honors Event! This award recognizes outstanding scholarly/creative productivity and national visibility in research activities. Sean is concentrating on the denitrification in New England salt marshes as his area of research.