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Landscape ecologist studies human dimensions in natural resource management

Anita Morzillo

Anita Morzillo

The research of Anita Morzillo, assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, incorporates the social sciences into natural resource management. She studies human dimensions of natural resources, a field that seeks to determine how people value, use and make decisions about the environment. Such knowledge may help to create open communication and facilitate effective planning and management by engaging the public and stakeholders in the decision-making process. Her work has primarily focused on wildlife, forests, water resources, urban ecosystems and outdoor recreation.

Dr. Morzillo uses an interdisciplinary approach, integrating areas such as landscape ecology, GIS, remote sensing and social psychology with the study of natural resource management. “My goal is to determine the factors that influence people in making decisions about natural resources,” she says. “There are many variables to tease apart and I enjoy the challenge of that.” Working at the crossroads of natural and social science disciplines necessitates partnerships, has lead Morzillo to numerous collaborations in other colleges, businesses and countries. (more…)

Cornucopiafest 2016

Cornucopiafest 2016

CAHNR in the news

WP_20160415_12_08_27_ProSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. Select the bold text names to see the articles. The roman text links go to additional information.

The Washington Post. 7-1-16. Ran an article about payday loans authored by Nathan Fiala. Assistant Professor Fiala is in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

The Daily Campus. 9-14-16. Reported on an on-campus event “Close to Home: Connecticut-Based Efforts to Reduce Food Waste.” This lecture aimed to increase awareness food waste issues. Cameron Faustman, CAHNR’s Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Associate Dean for Research, was quoted in the article.

Hartford Courant. 9-14-16. Posted a video of Extension Educator Chester Arnold who was talking about a satellite technology survey that shows lawn grass as the fastest growing portion of the Connecticut landscape. The survey was done by the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). Arnold is co-founder of CLEAR. (more…)

Historical image of the week

Canning Class At Connecticut Agricultural College

Canning Class At Connecticut Agricultural College. 1915. From the Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.

Meet undergraduate Rachel Hume

Rachel Hume

Rachel Hume

Rachel Hume is a senior undergraduate student majoring in natural resources. A Mystic resident, she enjoys hiking, gardening and the outdoors. Rachel also is a recipient of the Difference Maker’s Scholarship. She works at the Spring Valley Student Farm and hopes to travel the world when she graduates. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student.

What attracted you to UConn? I started at Three Rivers Community College for my associate’s degree, in order to get my general education requirement completed. I knew I wanted to work with the environment, but I was not sure what I wanted my major to be. Since the credits automatically transferred to UConn, I decided that that I could figure out what I wanted to do in the meantime.

What is your major, and why did you choose it? I am a natural resources major, with a focus in climate and water resources. I originally wanted to go into either marine biology or environmental engineering, but then, after a few chemistry classes, I realized math was not for me. I really like the environment and being outside, and I wanted my work to be primarily out in the field instead of working in a laboratory or at a desk. I was drawn to a degree in natural resources because it allows for a large diversity of career options and graduate school research.

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