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Dr. Robert Thorson’s New Book “The Guide to Walden Pond”

Dr. Robert Thorson has released his latest book “The Guide to Walden Pond”.  See it featured in UConn Today and the Boston Globe!

Thorson’s Guide to Walden Pond

Dr. Michael Hren featured in Hartford Courant

Dr. Michael Hren’s research, along with his post-doctoral fellow Dr.Yvette Eley, was featured in the Hartford Courant.

We would also like to congratulate Dr. Hren on his NSF CAREER Grant!

Geoscience 1055 Students Demonstrate their Learning

Professor Robert Thorson teaches an honors course, GSCI 1055: Geoscience Through American Studies.  He developed this course in 2004, and it was the first general education course developed specifically for honors enrollment.

The quality of the students’ final projects was incredibly high this year, and Thor would like to share the final products.

Take a look here! We hope you enjoy seeing the incredible work the students put in this semester!

You can find out more about Thor’s work at

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:

And here:


Earth Science Fair

On Saturday, October 14th, the Center for Integrative Geosciences held the second annual Earth Science Fair in celebration of Earth Science Week.  The event showcased the research of UConn faculty and graduate students, as well as engaging the public in activities that allowed them to learn about many aspects of Geoscience.

Activities included geode smashing, digging for dinosaurs, drone flight demonstrations, information on the geology of Connecticut, ice cores, flume demonstrations and much more!  The event drew a large crowd, despite rainy weather, including UConn students and local families.

Now Hiring: Assistant Professor in Residence

The Center for Integrative Geosciences is searching for an Assistant Professor in Residence.


See the full job ad here:

Position Opening: Assistant Professor, Geodynamics or Paleoclimate Modeling

The Center for Integrative Geosciences has an open position for an Assistant Professor in Geodynamics of Paleoclimate Modeling.  See the full ad here:

Geoscience Study Abroad in Taiwan: Winter 2017

Professors Tim Byrne and Will Ouimet will lead an Education Abroad trip to Taiwan during Winter Intersession 2017.


Be sure to view the following media for more information:

informational video


Video from 2015 trip




Internships – Summer 2016

Interns Needed – Summer 2016

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) seeks interns for the summer months (June – August) of 2016.  The Commission is charged with land use and transportation planning within Chittenden County, Vermont.  More information about CCRPC is available at –


* Set-up & perform speed studies and traffic counts at specified locations in Chittenden

  County for: Roadways, Intersections and Bicycle/Pedestrian paths.

* Conduct municipal infrastructure inventories (signs, culverts, or sidewalks) using GPS.

* Conduct pavement and road erosion surveys.

* Data entry and Quality Control.

* Independent research projects may be assigned as necessary.


Pay is $13.00/hour and technicians are expected to work 40 hours per week.  CCRPC will pay for mileage costs at the allowable IRS reimbursement rate.  Standard work week is Monday-Thursday with 10 hour days.


Chittenden County, Vermont.  Includes the cities of Burlington, South Burlington, and Winooski as well as 14 other local municipalities.


Beginning Early June – Mid August 2016.



* Basic computer skills.

* Strong technical and organizational skills.

* Can work independently in an office environment and in the field.

* Knowledge of traffic engineering, planning concepts, GIS, and GPS is preferred.

* Must be able to pick up and carry equipment bins and/or toolboxes weighing roughly 40 pounds, work in outside conditions, and sit or stand for extended periods.


Application materials are due by Friday, April 8th, 2016.  The interview process will commence as materials are received.


To apply e-mail cover letter and resume to:

Chris Dubin

Transportation Planner

Chittenden County RPC

110 West Canal St., Suite 202

Winooski, VT 05404-2109

Phone: 802 846 4490 ext *12



Geomicrobiology (MARN 4895 GSCI 4130) Fall 2016 – first time offered since 2012

MARN 4895 GSCI 4130 Geomicrobiology

Microbes have dominated life for most of Earth’s history, shaping our planet and
playing a key role in many of Earth’s processes. Microbial metabolism is at the
basis for the search for life beyond our planet…..

Lectures – Short Labs – Fieldtrip
Offered in Storrs and Avery Point


Course content: The Origin of Life, Microbial diversity and biogeochemistry,
Microbe-mineral interacVons, Element cycling, Banded iron formaVons,
Carbonate build-ups, Microbialites, Atmospheric record, Hydrothermal vents,
Astrobiology, Extreme environments, Thermodynamics, Fossil record, and
Methods in Geomicrobiology

Three credits; Lectures Tues/Thurs 12:15-1:45pm. Weekend Field trip in
October to Green Lake, NY, and Devonian Stromatolites, Lester Park, NY
For more information contact: Pieter Visscher (