Instructors

 

Nicole Freidenfelds, CTP Program Coordinator & Visiting Assistant Extension Educator
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

nicole.freidenfelds@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 486-6933

Nicole Freidenfelds is the Program Coordinator for NRCA's Conservation Training Partnerships program, and a Visiting Assistant Extension Educator in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at UConn. She received her B.S. in Biology at Eastern Connecticut State University and her M.S. in Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire. In her previous role as a research scientist, Nicole mainly focused on studying the behavior, ecology and evolution of amphibians and reptiles. Later, while teaching high school science for several years, she developed a genuine joy of working with youth. As CTP coordinator, Nicole is currently overseeing a wide range of unique and exciting conservation projects being conducted by teen-adult teams throughout the state.

John Volin, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Professor of Natural Resources
Office of the Provost & Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
john.volin@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 486-0631

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.

Chester Arnold, Extension Educator & CLEAR Director
Department of Extension & Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)

chester.arnold@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 345-5230

Chester Arnold is a Water Quality Educator for UConn's Department of Extension, and the Director of UConn’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), established in 2002. Since 1991, Chet has been Co-Director of the NEMO Program, a national award-winning effort that uses remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) technology to educate local land use decision makers about the relationship between land use and water resource protection.

Cary Chadwick, Geospatial Training Program Coordinator
Department of Extension & Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)

cary.chadwick@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 345-5216

Cary Chadwick is a faculty member in the Department of Extension & CLEAR 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.

Laura Cisneros, Assistant Extension Professor
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
& Institute of the Environment
laura.cisneros@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 486-4917

Laura Cisneros is an Assistant Extension Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment & Institute of 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. 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 works with the NRCA to develop and implement place-based, environmental action programs that integrate technology used by professionals and support intergenerational (e.g., teen & adult teams) community conservation projects. Her integrated research efforts center on understanding how environmental action programs and citizen science impact capacity to address environmental issues.

Dave Dickson, NEMO Co-Director & Mobile Mapping Educator
Department of Extension & Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)

david.dickson@uconn.edu
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)

emily.wilson@uconn.edu
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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