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CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesScientific American highlighted the work of Assistant Professor Melissa McKinney with polar bears. The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment faculty member found that as sea ice disappears, the bears move to land and change their basic diet. As a result, the researchers saw a 65 percent drop in the polar bears’ mercury levels. See also Popular Science. 6-15-17 and the research publication.

UConn Today interviewed Associate Extension Professor Thomas Worthley about the current gypsy moth invasion and the effects on trees. He is part of the Department of Extension in Middlesex County.

Hartford Courant quoted Carol Quish in an article about cleaning gypsy moth caterpillar frass off driveways and decks. Quish is a program aide in plant science and landscape architecture. (more…)

Historical image of the week


Waterscape. By Harry Garrigus, 1897–1912. From the UConn Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

Meet graduate student Danielle Kloster

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Danielle Kloster.

Danielle Kloster is a PhD candidate in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. She received an education in environmental science and renewable energy systems in upstate New York. At UConn, she’s studying human dimensions in roadside forest management. Here’s what she said in an interview.

Where did you study as an undergraduate?

I studied at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York.

What was your major?

My major was in environmental science, with a concentration in renewable energy systems.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school?

I also completed my master’s degree at SUNY-ESF in environmental science. I had been working with a professor there as an undergraduate so I continued on to do research on short rotation woody cropping systems for bioenergy purposes. I worked on shrub willow, which can be used for wood chips and pellets and also to mitigate soil erosion. Through all of this I realized that I wanted to get into human dimensions research. My research is important to biophysical sciences but I wanted to find better ways for it to benefit people directly and help them make informed decisions. (more…)

Image of the week

Invasion of the Gypsy Moths. Despite the havoc that thousands of gypsy moths are wreaking on the New England landscape this year, many of the affected trees will grow new leaves, says extension expert Thomas Worthley. (UConn Today) (Getty Images)

Meet alumnus Lars Demander

Lars Demander

Lars Demander

For over 250 years, Clover Nook Farm in Bethany, Connecticut has been family run. Established in 1765, the farm has continuously passed through the care of many family members and now CAHNR alumnus Lars Demander is carrying on that legacy. Here is what he said in an interview.

What was your major in the College? When did you graduate? With what degree?

I completed my bachelor’s in agricultural science with a minor in agribusiness management at Cornell University in 2014. I earned my master’s at UConn in agricultural and resource economics in 2015.

What CAHNR class was most useful to you?

I found the process of completing my research project at UConn to be the most helpful. I learned about consumer psychology in regards to local horticulture. (more…)