Instructors

 

Laura Cisneros

Laura Cisneros, CTP & TPL Program Coordinator & Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

laura.cisneros@uconn.edu
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. 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. To date, she has collaborated with land trusts, conservation organizations, and government agencies to mentor/advise 84 intergenerational conservation projects statewide.

Chet Arnold

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.

Todd Campbell

Todd Campbell, Professor of Science Education
Neag School of Education

todd.campbell@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 486-0515

Todd is a professor in the Neag School of Education. His research focuses on cultivating imaginative and equitable representations of STEM activity. This is accomplished in formal science learning environments through partnering with pre-service and in-service science teachers and leaders to collaboratively focus on supporting student use of modeling as an anchoring epistemic practice to reason about events that happen in the natural world. This work extends into informal learning environments through a focus on iterative design of informal learning spaces and equity focused STEM identity research.

Cary Chadwick

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.

David Dickson

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.

David Moss

David M. Moss, Associate Professor & Director of Global Education
Neag School of Education

david.moss@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 486-0249

David is an associate professor specializing in curriculum studies and internationalizing U.S. teacher education. His current research interests are in the areas of global/international education, culturally sustaining pedagogies, and curriculum reform. As a scholar, he has published numerous articles and books promoting educational reform. He was named a Teaching Fellow at the university, the highest honor awarded for instructional excellence and leadership. He has extensive curriculum development and assessment experience and directs the Neag School of Education London Study Abroad program.

Mike Dietz

Michael Dietz, CT NEMO Program Director
Department of Extension & Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)

michael.dietz@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 345-5225

Mike Dietz is a water resources educator, with primary responsibilities for running the CT NEMO Program. Mike’s position is jointly held between CLEAR and the Connecticut Sea Grant College Program at the Avery Point campus. In addition to assuming the leadership of the NEMO Program, Mike will contribute to Sea Grant’s sustainable coastal community development program. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. from UConn, focusing on stormwater and low impact development (LID) techniques. Upon his graduation, he worked with the Connecticut NEMO Program from 2005 to 2007 on projects related to LID. He left Connecticut in 2007 to take a position at Utah State University as an assistant professor and extension specialist in sustainable living, where he continued to work on stormwater monitoring and LID, in addition to green building, energy conservation, and water harvesting. He was director of Utah House, a demonstration house for green building techniques.

Laura Rodriquez

Laura Rodriguez, Ph.D. Candidate
Neag School of Education

laura.rodriguez@uconn.edu

Laura Rodriguez is a doctoral student in science education curriculum and instruction at UConn’s NEAG School of Education. She received her B.A. in biology at Boston University and her M.A.T. in science education at Wayne State University. Over the past 27 years, she has taught grades 4-10 in 4 states although the majority of her time has been devoted to middle school science. Her research focus is on the development of a disciplinary identity as a STEM learner throughout the lifespan.

Jesse Rubenstein

Jesse Rubenstein, Geospatial Educator
Department of Extension & Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)
jesse.rubenstein@uconn.edu
Telephone: 860-345-5215

Jesse Rubenstein is a faculty member in the Department of Extension & CLEAR at UConn. He is a geospatial educator, primarily working on the CTP and TPL programs. He also works with geospatial technologies on various CLEAR projects. Originally from the Great Lakes in Western New York, Jesse specializes in conservation biogeography, where his research focuses on habitat suitability modeling for threatened bird species. He holds dual graduate degrees, with an M.S. in Geographic Information Sciences from University at Buffalo, and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Previously, he was part of the instructional team for an NSF funded geospatial education program at the University at Buffalo. His past environmental conservation work includes: conducting avian point counts in the Amazon jungles of Ecuador, monitoring Atlantic Puffin in Maine, banding birds on the Great Lakes, and regularly teaching birdwatching 101 courses.

John Volin

John Volin, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Professor
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.

Michael Willig

Michael Willig, Professor & Director
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE)

michael.willig@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 486-1455

Michael Willig is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & the Director of CESE. His research focuses on population biology and community ecology of animals along gradients of latitude, elevation, landscape structure, productivity, and disturbance.  In addition to working in temperate forests of the US, he has considerable international experience, with research projects in Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, and Puerto Rico.

Emily Wilson

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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