CAHNR in the news

Students ReadingCAHNR undergraduate students Zachary Duda ’21, Jonathan Russo ’21 and Alyson Schneider ’21 released a trailer for their upcoming documentary film, Completely Connecticut Agriculture. The project will highlight examples of innovative agriculture in the state. Duda, Russo and Schneider are all agriculture and natural resource majors. Russo is a double major in sustainable plant and soil systems. The students are working closely with UConn Extension with Educational Program Administrator Stacey Stearns serving as their mentor.

The new urban forestry and arboriculture major offered in the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture was mentioned in the Journal Inquirer (Manchester, CT). The major, launched in fall 2020, was created to equip students with the necessary skills to cultivate and manage trees as Connecticut faces an aging workforce of arborists and rising demand. The state has been removing more trees than in years past and arborists are tackling many challenges brought on by threats of disease, invasive species, pests and extreme weather.

Nutritional Sciences Assistant Professor Loneke Blackman Carr was quoted in Cosmopolitan about healthy ways to lose weight. Blackman Carr suggested consulting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. She also recommended eating foods that are a variety of colors to ensure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs, getting enough sleep and reducing sedentary time.

UConn Today spoke to UConn Extension Educator Michael Dietz about Connecticut’s current drought conditions and rainfall over the last year and the impact of homeowners and local water resources. Dietz is the director of the Connecticut Institute for Water Resources.

Peter Goggins ’21, an undergraduate student majoring in environmental sciences and the recent winner of the Wolff New Venture Competition, contributed to a UConn Today article about river herring. Goggins is involved in undergraduate research with Professor Eric Schultz’s fish lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.