Natural Resources

Department Head

Professor John C. Volin


Civco, Clausen, Meyer, O’Neill, Robbins, Warner, Yang

Associate Professors

Anyah, Ortega, Vokoun

Assistant Professors

Fahey, Helton, Lawrence, McKinney, Morzillo, T. Rittenhouse

Visiting Assistant Professor

C. Rittenhouse

Assistant Research Professor


Visiting Assistant Extension Educator


The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment offers study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Natural Resources: Land, Water, and Air.

The Department also offers an online, graduate certificate in Sustainable Environmental Planning & Management.

The M.S. Program

The M.S. program provides advanced study in one of the following specialty areas: atmospheric resources, geographic information science and remote sensing, fisheries management, forest resources, human dimensions, water resources, and wildlife management. Both thesis (Plan A) and non-thesis (Plan B) options are available.

The Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. program educates scientists by giving them a broad experience in natural resources and prepares them to do independent research in one of the following specialties: air resources, geographic information science and remote sensing, fisheries resources, forest resources, human dimensions, water resources, and wildlife resources. The program requires at least 20 credits beyond the master’s degree, exclusive of the related or supporting area. All Ph. D. candidates are required to take NRE 5800 and NRE 6000. Ordinarily, students enrolled in this program will have completed the master’s degree. Students are required to have at least six credits of advanced work in a related or supporting area or have a competent reading knowledge of at least one foreign language appropriate to the general area of study. Candidates should be versed in natural resources management, science and technology, and analytical methods.

The Sustainable Environmental Planning & Management Online Graduate Certificate Program

The purpose of the SEPM program is to provide techniques in environmental communication and decision-making methods, geospatial skills, and environmental planning. The program requires 12 credits of coursework, offered entirely online. Participants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university to enroll in the SEPM program.

Special Facilities

The Department has state-of-the-art laboratories for atmospheric resources, aquatic resources, fisheries resources, terrestrial resources and the Laboratory for Earth Resources Information Systems (LERIS). The Department also houses the Advanced Continuously Operating Reference Network (ACORN), the Connecticut State Climate Center, the Wildlife and fisheries Conservation Center, The Center for Landuse Education and Research (CLEAR), and the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources. The Department manages the 2,100-acre UConn Forest for teaching, research, and demonstration.

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