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Faculty & Staff

Core Faculty & Staff

Chester Arnold, NEMO Program Co-Founder, CLEAR Director
Michael Dietz, CT NEMO Program Director
Juliana Barrett, Assistant Educator, CT Sea Grant
Dave Dickson, National NEMO Network Coordinator
Kara Bonsack, CLEAR Communications & Design
Cary Chadwick, Geospatial Training Program Coordinator
Emily Wilson, Geospatial Educator
Bruce Hyde, Land Use Academy Director
Tom Worthley, Forestry Program, Forest Sustainability
James Hurd, Research Associate, LERIS
Amanda Ryan, Municipal Stormwater Educator, NEMO
John Volin, Head & Professor Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, NRCA
Laura Cisneros, Program Coordinator & Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, NRCA

CLEAR Emeritus

Dan Civco
Joel Stocker

Affiliated Faculty

Mark Boyer, Geography Department
Sylvain DeGuise
, Connecticut Sea Grant College Program
Mike O'Neill
, UConn Extension
Bob Ricard
, Department of Extension
Gary Robbins
, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment


Core Faculty & Staff

Core Faculty & Staff are folks who spend most or all of their time on CLEAR projects, and/or are in charge of major CLEAR projects.

Chet Arnold

Chester L. Arnold, NEMO Program Co-Founder, CLEAR Co-Director
chester.arnold@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 345-5230


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

From 1987 to 1994, Chester led the public outreach program of the Long Island Sound Study National Estuary Program. He has authored numerous publications, including national award-winning journal articles and a newspaper column entitled On Long Island Sound. Chester has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University and a M.S. in Oceanography from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


Micheal DietzMichael Dietz, CT NEMO Program Director
michael.dietz@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 345-5225

Mike is a water resources educator, with primary responsibilities for running the CT NEMO Program. Mike’s position is jointly held between the Center for Land Use Education and Research (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 Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, 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.

 

Juliana BarrettJuliana Barrett, Assistant Educator, CT Sea Grant
juliana.barrett@uconn.edu
Phone: (860) 405-9106

Juliana Barrett became a member of the NEMO team in 2006. She is an Assistant Educator in Residence with Connecticut Sea Grant College Program at the Avery Point campus and the CT NEMO Program. As an ecologist, her focus is the coastal habitats of Connecticut. She works with the towns and groups working on the conservation, restoration and enhancement of coastal areas. Juliana is developing programs to assist coastal community leaders with technical matters related to the impact of land use on coastal habitats, riparian buffers, habitat management and restoration of coastal habitats.

Juliana is the co-author of The Vegetation of Connecticut, a Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection publication. Previously, Juliana was the Geoffrey C. Hughes Tidelands Program Director with the Nature Conservancy in Connecticut, and also did private consulting. Juliana has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a M.A. from the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Biology.

 

Dave Dickson
David W. Dickson, National NEMO Network Coordinator
david.dickson@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 345-5228


Dave Dickson is the coordinator of the National NEMO Network. As coordinator, he works with each of the NEMO Network programs nationwide and strives to facilitate the open exchange of resources, expertise, educational materials and war stories between the programs. He also assists non-member states seeking to start a NEMO program and join the Network.

Dave has both a J.D. and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado, where he served as a notes and comments editor of the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy. Dave is also a UCONN alum, with a BA in Anthropology and Political Science. His pre-NEMO professional experience includes: coordinating environmental policy and education projects for the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP), representing municipalities before Congress and federal agencies, serving as a liaison between the University of Colorado and both the state legislature and Congress and coordinating an international project that sought to uncover unethical marketing practices in developing countries.

 

Kara BonsackKara M. Bonsack, CLEAR Communications and Design
kara.bonsack@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 345-5227

Kara Bonsack joined the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) team in 2002 as the National NEMO Network Communicator. Kara is now considered the primary designer for CLEAR. Kara's responsibilities include the design, development and maintenance of websites and publications and assists CLEAR programs with conferences and training sessions. She also lends her design and web development talents to other departments within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources including Extension and Natural Resources and the Environment. Kara is also an avid photographer and has taken many of the photographs used in print materials and websites she creates.

Kara received the 2013 The Arland R. Meade Communications Award, in recognition of helping improve communications within the Cooperative Extension System. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in graphic design.

 

Cary ChadwickCary B. Chadwick, Geospatial Training Program Coordinator
cary.chadwick@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 345-5216


Cary Chadwick joined the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) team in 2006 as a member of the Geospatial Training Program. As a geospatial educator, her role is to contribute to the hands-on technical training classes offered by the program on the use of geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Cary is also actively involved in a number of collaborative research projects that integrate geospatial technologies to better manage and understand natural resource systems.

Cary is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. She also holds a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven.  

 

Emily WilsonEmily Wilson, Geospatial Educator
emily.wilson@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 345-5226

Emily Wilson is a Geospatial Educator at CLEAR. Since joining UConn in 2000, her role has been to provide GIS and remote sensing information and support to CLEAR programs including the NEMO Program, the Geospatial Training Program and other related research and outreach efforts. Emily does a significant amount of work on the CT ECO and CLEAR websites with the goal of providing easy access to geospatial information and maps.

Emily is a graduate of Connecticut College with a BA in environmental science and botany. She received her M.S. in forestry and remote sensing from the University of Maine.

 

Bruce HydeBruce Hyde, Land Use Academy Director
bruce.hyde@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 345-5229

Bruce Hyde is a Land Use Educator for the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). He is primarily responsible for coordinating the Land Use Academy, which provides basic training for local land use commissioners. In addition, he provides technical assistance to communities in a variety of areas including reviewing land use regulations, affordable housing education and community outreach.

Bruce is an AICP certified planner who has worked in the planning field for over 30 years. He has served in a wide variety of positions including city planner, regional planner, private sector consultant and local planning commissioner. He has a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University and a M.S. in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont.

 

Tom WorthleyTom Worthley, Forestry Program, Forest Sustainability
thomas.Worthley@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 345-5232

Tom Worthley is Assistant Extension Professor at the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Connecticut Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. He has written a number of scholarly articles and also teaches courses in Forest Ecology and Management and Dendrology. He has worked extensively on tracts in the UConn Forest and beyond in both outreach and educational activities.

 

James HurdJames D Hurd, Research Associate, LERIS
james.hurd_jr@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 486-4610


James Hurd is a Remote Sensing Specialist for the University of Connecticut Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE), and serves as the Director of NRE's Laboratory for Earth Resources Information Systems (LERIS). Established in 1982, LERIS is the principal center at UConn for conducting remote sensing and GIS research oriented toward natural resources, ecology, and the environment.

James received both his BS and MS degrees in natural resources from the University of Connecticut with a focus on remote sensing and geospatial technology. Research interests focus on the use of remote sensing and geospatial technology for the detection of land cover, land cover change and landscape characterization.

 

Amanda RyanAmanda Ryan, Municipal Stormwater Educator, NEMO
amanda.ryan@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 486-5231


Amanda Ryan is a Municipal Stormwater Educator primarily responsible for statewide outreach and education to communities and institutions regulated by the state Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4) general permit.

Amanda has experience in regional planning, municipal conservation, and served two tours as an active duty Coast Guard officer. Amanda is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Sciences. She received a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the University of Rhode Island.

 

John VolinJohn Volin, Head & Professor
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
john.volin@uconn.edu
Telephone: (860) 486-0137

John Volin is a Professor and Head of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut (UConn). He is also the Director of the interdisciplinary undergraduate Environmental Sciences Program at UConn. He has worked in ecosystems around the world, focusing his research efforts on invasive species ecology and restoration ecology.

 

Laura CisnerosLaura Cisneros, 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 Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) 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. Her research and teaching interests focus on understanding how human activities affect ecological communities and using this understanding to inform students and citizens about the intimate role that humans play in global sustainability. 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 the coordinator of the Natural Resources Conservation Academy.

 


CLEAR Emeritus

The bad news is that we’ve lost some good people to retirement. The good news is that we’ve managed to stay around long enough to lose some good people to retirement.

Dan Civco

Daniel L. Civco, CLEAR Co-Director, Professor of Geomatics

Dan Civco is a Professor Emeritus of Geomatics in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. Dan He has more than 35 years experience as an earth resources scientist and educator specializing in remote sensing and GIS applications. He has been involved extensively in research addressing both inland and coastal wetland resources, land use mapping and change analysis, impervious surface detection, and natural resources inventory and analysis. Further, he has been involved in algorithm development and refinement for processing remote sensing and other geospatial data. Dan was the Director for Research of CLEAR from its inception in 2002 until his retirement in 2016, and he is the founder of the Laboratory for Earth Resources Information Systems (LERIS). Dan cannot be replaced, but part of his legacy is a small cadre of remote sensing experts at UConn that continue to do innovative work in the Civco tradition.

Joel Stocker

Joel Stocker, Assistant Educator, UConn Cooperative Extension

Joel started with the NEMO program, CLEAR’s predecessor, as a graduate assistant within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. After graduating with a Masters in Natural Resources Management and Engineering in 1994 he continued full time with NEMO through the Cooperative Extension System. For the last 10 years of his career he spent most of his time working with the Extension Forestry team and the CLEAR Land Use and Climate Resilience Team. Over the years, Joel’s wide-ranging expertise in remote sensing, GIS, general computer IT and drone technology was critical to a long list of CLEAR projects. Joel has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Prior to joining the University Joel worked as an Engineer in the US Air Force, separating, honorably, as a Captain. His separation from CLEAR was no less honorable, although we are jealous that he gets to hike the beaches and woods and fly his drones all day.

 


Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated Faculty work closely with CLEAR Core Faculty on collaborative projects, but have lives of their own.

Mark Boyer, Geography Department

Mark, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and political scientist who specializes in globalization, works with a number of CLEAR faculty on climate resilience projects like the Climate Corps, on which he is a Co-PI.  Mark’s faculty page.

Sylvain DeGuise, Connecticut Sea Grant College Program

Sylvain is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, but more important for CLEAR purposes, he is the Director of Connecticut Sea Grant.  Sea Grant and CLEAR have been strong partners for many years and several CLEAR core faculty are also associated with Sea Grant (or visa-versa).  Sylvain is a member of the CLEAR/Sea Grant climate resilience team.  Sylvain’s faculty page.

Mike O’Neill, UConn Extension

Mike is Associate Dean of CAHNR and Associate Director of the UConn Cooperative Extension System.  Mike is an agricultural water expert and works with a number of CLEAR staff on several large USDA-funded projects for which he serves as the Principal Investigator.  Mike’s faculty page.

Bob Ricard, Department of Extension

Bob is a Senior Extension Educator with the Department of Extension and teaches in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. As part of CLEAR, Bob conducts the Tree Warden School and assists the Tree Wardens’ Association of Connecticut, Inc., which he formed in 1992.  Bob’s faculty page.

Gary Robbins, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

Gary is a Professor of Geology and hydrogeologist who studies and teaches primarily about groundwater.  Gary works with members of the CLEAR Water Team on research related to the Low Impact Development practices on the UConn campus and elsewhere.  Gary’s faculty page.

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