Instructors & Staff


This program is so new that our list of instructors is still being determined, and may vary from location to location.  Here are some prime suspects:


Laura Cisneros, CTP & TPL Program Coordinator, & Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
Telephone: (860) 486-4917

Laura Cisneros is the Program Coordinator of NRCA's Conservation Training Partnerships and Teacher Professional Learning programs, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at UConn. She received her B.S. in Zoology at Michigan State University and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UConn. Her research and teaching interests focus on understanding how human activities affect ecological communities and using this understanding to inform students and citizens about the intimate role that humans play in global sustainability. Laura's Ph.D. research explored the effects of human-modified landscapes on bat communities, and identified landscape characteristics that promote biodiversity and vital services provided by bats (e.g. pollination, seed dispersal). Currently, Laura's efforts are focused on integrating research with community outreach as a coordinator of the Natural Resources Conservation Academy.

John Volin, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost & Professor of Natural Resources, Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
Telephone: (860) 486-0137

John Volin is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. John received his Ph.D. in forestry, specializing in physiological ecology, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also did a postdoctoral fellowship. Before joining UConn, he was Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences as well as Director of the Environmental Sciences Program at Florida Atlantic University. John has conducted research in ecosystems around the world, focusing on invasive species and restoration ecology. He has been awarded more than $23M in extramural funding for both research and foundational activities. Previously at UConn, John served as Head of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, Director of the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences Program, and the Associate Director of the Eversource Energy Center. John also founded and directed the Natural Resources Conservation Academy, a new program in conservation and land use planning targeted at high school students, which is designed to help educate the next generation of environmental leaders.

Cary B. Chadwick, Geospatial Training Program Coordinator
Department of Extension & Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)
Telephone: (860) 345-5216

Cary Chadwick is a faculty member in the Department of Extension at UConn. As a Geospatial Extension Educator, she coordinates the Geospatial Training Program for CLEAR, spending her time teaching hands-on technical trainings on the use of geospatial technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS). Cary is also involved in a number of collaborative research projects that integrate geospatial technologies to better manage and understand natural resource systems.

Dave Dickson, National NEMO Network Coordinator
Department of Extension & Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)
Telephone: (860) 345-5228

Dave Dickson is a faculty member of CLEAR and an Associate Extension educator. He works primary on municipal stormwater management and low impact development issues, but also provides outreach and training focused on mobile mapping technologies. He is the co-creator of the Rain Garden smartphone app and National LID Atlas.

Emily Wilson, Geospatial Educator
Department of Extension & Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)
Telephone: (860) 345-5226

Emily Wilson is a faculty member with CLEAR at UConn. She provides geospatial information and support to the outreach programs of CLEAR and conducts a range of geospatial analyses and research. Emily does a significant amount of web work with the goal of providing easy access to geospatial information and maps with particular focus on natural resource data. 

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