Dr. Chadwick Rittenhouse
- Dr. Chadwick Rittenhouse is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and Coordinator of UConn’s Sustainable Environmental Planning and Management Online Graduate Certificate. He is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center and the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UConn. Dr. Rittenhouse is a Leadership Institute Fellow of The Wildlife Society. Dr. Rittenhouse earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Wildlife Science at the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and a Degree Certificate in Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to joining the faculty at UConn, Dr. Rittenhouse worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His research addresses the ecology, management, and conservation of forested landscapes.
- “Having worked extensively in the environmental consulting field, I use Requests for Proposals (RFPs) as an effective tool for getting students to collaborate. I issue the RFP, to which they respond with a cover letter and resume. I assemble teams, balancing the students’ interests and accomplishments. Then they take it from there, using the PrOACT approach to decision making to put the plan together. The end result? Anyone reading the plan can see that students thought through the project in a very thorough way.”
Dr. John C. Volin
- Dr. John C. Volin is a Professor and Head of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and the Director of the Environmental Science program. He is also the founder and Director of the Natural Resources Conservation (NRC) Academy, an innovative program in conservation and land use planning targeted toward Connecticut high school students. Designed to help educate the next generation of environmental leaders, the NRC Academy focuses on a wide range of topics related to natural resources and the environment, including climate, water, wetlands, wildlife, landscape ecology and habitat protection.Dr. Volin earned a Ph.D. in Forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI in 1994, and an M.S. in Plant Science and a B.S. in Biology and Botany from South Dakota State University in 1988 and 1986, respectively. He has worked in ecosystems around the world, focusing his research efforts on invasive species ecology and restoration ecology. Prior to joining the UConn faculty in 2007, he worked as a Professor of Plant Physiological Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences, at Florida Atlantic University, Davie, FL; Director of Environmental Science Graduate Program at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL; and Associate Director of Research at the Florida Center for Environmental Studies, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
“The online delivery method gives people from literally anywhere around the globe access to a world-class university to earn a specialized graduate certificate that they might not have had the chance to do otherwise. They can take the courses at their own pace. The program is also a great option for students with undergraduate degrees who now want to go back to graduate school, but may not have the credential or grades to apply. If they do well in our program, it can open all kinds of doors for them.”
Dr. Tracy Rittenhouse
- Dr. Tracy Rittenhouse is an Assistant Professor in UConn’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. She is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center and the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Dr. Rittenhouse earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to joining the UConn faculty, she was a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the Department of Botany and then in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. Her research quantifies wildlife population response to changes in habitats and landscapes. She addresses conservation issues of global relevance, including expansion of exurban landscapes, forest management, emerging wildlife diseases, and climate change, while also serving the needs of local managers.
Dr. Thomas H. Meyer
- Dr. Thomas H. Meyer is an associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR). Dr. Meyer is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Association for Geodetic Surveying (Fellow and Director), and the American Geophysical Union. He is a past president (2006-2007) of the Geomatics Society of New England (was the New England Section ACSM) and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Surveying Engineering.Dr. Meyer earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University (College Station, 1998) where he was a research associate in the Mapping Sciences Laboratory. During his tenure at UConn, he has taught geomatics courses in geographic information science, geodesy, digital terrain modeling, global navigation satellite system surveying at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Meyer has authored an undergraduate-level geodesy textbook, numerous peer-reviewed papers about surveying and mapping, and teaches professional education seminars for surveyors throughout New England and the United States.
Dr. Jason Parent
Dr. Jason Parent is an assistant research professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources (CAHNR). He specializes in the application of remote sensing and geospatial technologies to address problems involving natural resources. He is affiliated with UConn’s Eversource Energy Center and his research focuses on developing improved methods for monitoring and managing vegetation along power lines. Dr. Parent earned a Ph.D. and an M.S., from UConn, in Natural Resources with concentrations in Earth Resources Information Systems and Landscape Ecology. He earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology from UConn.
“I’ve created a series of short video lectures that demonstrate how I work through a problem. Students view them online, then they can pause the lecture or rewind to listen again as necessary, something that’s impossible to do in a traditional classroom setting. Plus UConn is a Research 1 university. Students benefit from the fact that our faculty is involved in the latest research and up to date on all of the new technologies, including the use of the Python Programming Language for writing and analyzing geospatial scripts.”