Faculty Accomplishments

Robert Thorson’s Latest Book, The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years

Geoscience faculty member Robert Thorson (Thor) recently published his latest book, The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years.

It has reached #11 for Environmental Science publications in Library Journal.


You can read reviews of the book here: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/henry-david-thoreau-parini/

And here: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-slide-rule-and-the-crowbar-henry-david-thoreau-in-the-anthropocene/


Professor Thorson’s Hartford Courant Columns

Don’t miss Thor’s latest columns:


Lump of coal for Christmas? I’ll take two – Hartford Courant
A lump of coal in your stocking at Christmas was something for bad children, but Robert Thorson, budding geologist, would have been thrilled to get a big piece of …



No One Noticed Cheaper Flint Water Was Contaminated?

Hartford and Flint, Mich. ; a tale of two cities.


Dr. Michael Hren receives award from American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund

Profile_hren.jpgMichael Hren was awarded $110,000 from the American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund for a proposal entitled “Evaluating the Preservation Potential of Buried Organic Carbon: A Laboratory and Field Study of the Impact of Burial Diagenesis on Stable Isotopic and Organic Molecular Records”. The proposed research will focus on understanding how the distribution and stable isotopic composition of organic molecular biomarkers change during the process of burial diagenesis and has direct implications for petroleum research and paleoclimate reconstructions.



Patrick Getty received coverage in Science News for presentation at GSA

PatrickGettyCongrats to Patrick Getty for the article written in Science News about his presentation “Ancient larvae built predator-thwarting mazes” that was given at the recent GSA Conference in Baltimore, MD!

Here’s an excerpt from the article: “Branching tunnels called Treptichnus embedded inside ancient rocks are among the oldest and most widespread preserved structures built by ancient animals, first appearing about 541 million years ago. The mazelike layout of these subterranean passageways was meant to frustrate unwanted intruders, paleontologist Patrick Getty of the University of Connecticut in Storrs proposed November 1 at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting.”