Faculty and Staff

CLEAR Director

Dave Dickson

David Dickson

CLEAR Interim-Director

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Phone: (860) 345-5228

Core Team

Juliana Barrett

Juliana Barrett

Coastal Habitat/Resilience Educator, CT Sea Grant

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Phone: (860) 405-9106
Kara Bonsack

Kara Bonsack

Graphic Design & Web Development

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Phone: (860) 345-5227
Cary Chadwick

Cary Chadwick

Geospatial Training Program Coordinator

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Phone: (860) 345-5216
 Michael Dietz

Michael Dietz

NEMO Program Co-Director

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Phone: 860-486-2436
Zbigniew Grabowski

Zbigniew Grabowski

Water Quality Extension Educator

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Phone: (860) 345-5225 
Qian Lei-Parent

Qian (Rachel) Lei-Parent

Research Associate

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Mary Looney

Mary Looney

NEMO Municipal Stormwater Educator
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Phone: 860-345-5215
Jiff Martin

Jiff Martin

Sustainable Food Systems Extension Educator

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Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

Geospatial Educator

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Phone: (860) 345-5226

Affiliated Faculty

Mark Boyer

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.

Todd Campbell

Todd Campbell, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Todd is a Professor of Science Education in the Neag School of Education. His research focuses on cultivating imaginative and equitable representations of STEM activity, in both formal and informal science learning environments. Todd works with CLEAR faculty (and others) on several large NSF-funded projects, providing the education research firepower behind our natural resource/STEM outreach and instructional efforts. Todd’s faculty page.

Maria Chrysochoou

Maria Chrysochoou, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Maria is Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the UConn School of Engineering. Her research expertise includes environmental geochemistry, contaminated site and brownfield remediation, beneficial use of industrial by products and recycled materials, and clay mineralogy. In addition, she is the Director of the Connecticut Brownfields Initiative. As the chief instructor of the Brownfields Corps class, Maria is a big part of the new Environment Corps project. Maria’s faculty page.

Laura Cisneros

Laura Cisneros, NRCA Program Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

Laura Cisneros is a Program Coordinator of UConn's 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. 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). 

Sylvain DeGuise

Sylvain DeGuiseConnecticut 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.

Tessa Getchis

Tessa Getchis, Department of Extension and Connecticut Sea Grant

Tessa is a Senior Extension Educator and aquaculture specialist with Connecticut Sea Grant and the UConn Extension Program. Her focus is on shellfish husbandry, shellfisheries management and the aquaculture permitting process. CLEAR’s geospatial faculty work with Tessa on the Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas, an online tool to enhance access to information for fishers, the shellfish industry, and the regulatory community. Tessa’s faculty page.

Mike O’Neill

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.

David Moss

David Moss, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

David is Associate Professor and Director of Global Education in the Neag School of Education, 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. David works with CLEAR faculty (and others) on several large NSF-funded projects, conducting research on natural resource/STEM outreach and instructional efforts. David’s faculty page.

Bob Ricard

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

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.

Tom Worthley

Tom Worthley, Forestry Program, Forest Sustainability

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. Tom's faculty page.

CLEAR Emeritus

Chet Arnold

Chet Arnold

CLEAR Co-Founder & NEMO Program Co-Founder

Chet Arnold is an Extension Educator Emeritus and a Co-Founder of CLEAR, where he served as the Director for Outreach, and, since 2016, just plain old Director. Chet joined the University in 1987 and has worked on the Long Island Sound Study Public Outreach Program, the NEMO Program, the National NEMO Network, CLEAR, the Natural Resources Conservation Academy, and the Environment Corps – all of which he helped to create. He has authored several national award-winning papers and has been Principal Investigator or Co-PI on over $25M of external grants. Chet retired from UConn in October 2021 but remains at CLEAR in a part-time contractual capacity, coordinating several projects and in general making a nuisance of himself.

Dan Civco

Daniel 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.

James Hurd

James Hurd

Research Associate, LERIS

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.

Bruce Hyde

Bruce Hyde

Bruce Hyde was a Land Use Educator for the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). He coordinated the Land Use Academy, which provides basic training for local land use commissioners. In addition, he provided 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.

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.